This Blue Colada drink recipe is one that combines the flavor of coconut with the bright, bold blue coloring. It's a simple frozen cocktail inspired by a pina colada that anyone can make any time of the year.
Simple ingredients are key to making this simple drink. The pineapple juice adds a fun flair of sweetness, while the coconut rum brings the adult aspect. I like to make this for a weekend sipper or as a fun party drink option for family and friends. It tastes like a Caribbean paradise.
The blue color makes this frozen cocktail really stand out against other drink recipes, and I love how a blue colada draws the eye. Prepare it and pour it into your favorite cocktail glass, and don't forget the funky straw.
The best part? You don't even need a cocktail shaker to make it. Literally, it's as simple as combining the ingredients into the blender and then letting it take over and do all the work.
Cream of coconut - This adds richness and a touch of creaminess to the cocktail.
Pineapple juice - Buying it is easier, but you can always use fresh pineapple juice if you have the time.
Coconut rum - Use your favorite brand of rum and enjoy.
Blue curaçao - This adds the blue coloring and some citrus taste.
Ice - To keep it chilled and to also make it have a frozen consistency.
How to make a Blue Colada
I told you that this blue colada recipe was easy, right?
Step One: Add the ingredients to the blender.
Step Two: Blend until it's creamy and smooth.
Step Three: Add the mixture to a glass of choice.
Step Four: Pour the blue colada on top of the mixture.
Don't stir. Just let the blue slide down into the rest of the drink.
It won't ever look the same twice, but it will always look good!
Step Five: Add a straw and cherry to garnish your blue pina colada, if desired.
Change the garnish - You can also add pineapple chunks to your hurricane glasses if you don't want to add a maraschino cherry. A slice of pineapple on the rim works great, too. For a more citrus flavor, adding a slice of orange works also.
Add coconut milk - If you don't want to add a ton of coconut cream, you can thin it out with coconut water or coconut milk, too. Not a lot, but a little bit will work.
What is blue curacao liqueur?
"Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the bitter orange laraha, a citrus fruit grown on the Dutch island of Curaçao. Curaçao can be sold in numerous forms, though the most common are the orange-hued dry Curaçao and blue Curaçao, which is dyed bright blue." -Wikipedia
When would be best to serve this blue pina colada recipe?
The flavors of this cocktail make it perfect for a hot day, but don't let that limit you on when you can enjoy it. You'll usually see people on sandy beaches sipping on these blue Hawaiian recipes, and while that might be the vacation dream, it doesn't have to be the only way to sip and enjoy.
The frozen aspect of this recipe definitely makes it a strong summer cocktail, but it's also exceptionally delicious during the cooler months of the year.
Think of this drink as your tasty inspiration to get motivated for the beach this summer!
It is also a fun choice to serve at a baby shower for a baby boy because of the pretty blue color.
Can I stir this cocktail?
It's your cocktail. You can do whatever you want! You can use a spoon and stir the bottom of the glass to make the entire blue Hawaiian colada blue.
It won't hurt anything. It just won't have that two-toned colored effect.
How do I make this taste more tropical?
There are a lot of variances that you can do to this drink to make it taste tropical. Adding a bit of fresh lime juice is a great start, or you can add even more pineapple juice to the drink, too.
Using a light rum is a simple way to lighten that rum flavoring as well so that the other drink flavors shine through.
Can I freeze this cocktail?
While this is "technically" already considered a frozen drink, you can always pop the blue colada into the freezer after it's made to make it even more frozen.
And I get that thought process, too. Because if I'm going to have a frozen cocktail, I want it to be almost brain-freeze cold! (and this is especially true if it's a super hot day outside!)
Just don't forget about it in the freezer for two long, or it might be too frozen for the texture that you're looking for. If that happens, just set it out on the counter for a short time, and you'll be back in business in no time at all.
- 2 oz cream of coconut
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- 1.5 oz coconut rum
- 1 cup ice
- ½ oz blue curacao
- Combine the first four ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass.
- Drizzle the blue curacao over the top.
- Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired.