Pina colada is a very popular cocktail as we know, but today I’m going to share recipe of the non-alcoholic version of pina coloda which is commonly known as VIRGIN PINA COLADA. Virgin pina colada is a very popular mocktail. Just skip rum out from pina colada recipe and it becomes virgin pina colada. Dating back to 1978, pina colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico for all these years. Pineapples are in season currently, and it is one of my favourite fruits, so I thought let me share the recipe of this yummy mocktail drink. Moreover, tomorrow is July 10th, and this day is celebrated as National pina colada day in Puerto Rico so you can prepare it tomorrow and celebrate the day too! Pina colada in Spanish means strained pineapple, i.e., pineapple juice which is produced on straining or processing the fruit. Pineapples used for this drink should be freshly squeezed, I processed my pineapples in an electric juicer to extract its juice, you can also use store bought juice if you like but give preference to home made juice. I also used homemade coconut milk (my mother prepared it for me) for the recipe. Its really easy to make, grind coconut pulp and process it with water, just use the first press for preparing virgin pina colada as you get thick and creamy coconut milk from the first press. So follow my recipe and enjoy the drink!!
- Freshly squeezed pineapple juice - 1½ cups
- Coconut Milk - 1 cup
- Fresh Cream - ¼ cup
- Sugar - 3 tbsp / as required according to the sweetness of pineapples
- Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
- Crushed Ice - 1 cup approx
- Pineapple wedges - to garnish
- Add all the ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour out in glasses and garnish with pineapple wedges and cherries (I did not have cherries so skipped it).
- Serve chilled
2. You can also use vanilla ice-cream in the recipe, just leave out fresh cream and vanilla essence in that case.
3. If you want to add more ice, adjust sugar accordingly.
4. Generally cherries are used for garnishing pina colada but I skipped them because I did not have them at that time.
5. The standard drinkware for pina colada is POCO GRANDE GLASS, so if you have them, serve the drink in them. This is just a recommendation.