FRESH PIÑA COLADA // The Kitchy Kitchen

My favorite cocktail when I was 10 years old was a lava flow – virgin, of course. Pina colada + strawberry margarita in a pink and white swirl was my idea of heaven.  It was purely a vacation treat, you understand, and any time we’d go somewhere with a pool, I knew I could get my grubby little paws on one.  Of course, a lava flow is basically a milk shake, so it’s no wonder I loved it.  The faux coconut cream with it’s fat content, the blended margarita with its pre-made mix and all of those sugars.  Yep, it was goooood.

But as an adult, the appeal of the lava flow is mostly nostalgic for me now.  The flavors taste garish and saccharine, and I prefer something light and refreshing poolside.  With that in mind, I concocted this fresh version of a pina colada.  The coconut cream is replaced with coconut water; fresh pineapple is muddled into the drink; and I added a bit of lime juice to liven things up.  The result is refreshing, delicious, and that perfect blend of tropical fruit flavor.

FRESH PIÑA COLADA // The Kitchy Kitchen

FRESH PIÑA COLADA // The Kitchy Kitchen


For 1 drink

2 tablespoons chopped pineapple

1/2 tablespoon agave nectar

4 ounces coconut water

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 ounces light rum


Muddle the pineapple and agave in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients, a ton of ice, and stir for 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass.

Or for a frozen version, instead of stirring with ice, simply blend with ice until frosty.  Enjoy!