“If you like piña coladas…” When there’s an entire song dedicated to a drink, you know it must be a good one. But what if you want to skip the rum? No problem! Besides being insanely delicious and reminding us of hot summer days, this creamy piña colada mocktail recipe is non alcoholic.
We love a good mocktail in our house - especially when pineapple juice is involved - and this one is a hit. I often make this virgin piña colada recipe when I want a decadent drink, but am not ready to embrace the extra-high calorie count that comes with adding liquor. Piña colada mocktails were one of my favorite summer sips when I was pregnant with my daughter and craving cold, fruity drinks.
When developing this recipe, there was one guiding principle - I don’t always want to haul out my blender. Especially for one drink. So how can I make this a non-blended drink? Are piña coladas even served on the rocks? Ever?
Well they are now! And we’re skipping the piña colada mix and making a better tasting drink ourselves. Pineapple juice makes it refreshing and the cream of coconut adds a richness and sweetness. I use fresh lime juice to brighten up the drink and a splash of club soda to bring it all into balance.
- Pineapple juice
- Cream of coconut
- Lime juice
- Simple syrup
- Club soda or sparkling water
How to Make a Piña Colada Mocktail
Shake well. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice and top with club soda.
Garnish with some pineapple leaves, a pineapple wedge, and/or a maraschino cherry.
Tips on Piña Colada Mocktails
In a word - sugar. Cream of coconut is sweetened, while coconut cream usually comes unsweetened. If all you have on hand is unsweetened coconut cream, increase the simple syrup in the recipe by 1 oz so you’re using a total of 1.5 oz in your mocktail.
I buy cream of coconut at my local grocery store. Look in the alcohol/liquor section, near the non-alcoholic cocktail mixers.
Swap the club soda for 3-4 ice cubes and blend until smooth. You can also use a couple frozen pineapple chunks instead of ice cubes.
While I like to fizz that club soda brings the drink, you can easily swap the club soda for coconut water if you prefer.
You make it! Combine ½ cup white sugar with ½ cup hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then put it in the refrigerator to chill complete before using.