A good virgin Piña Colada recipe starts out with the same basic ingredients as the alcoholic version. Because of the overriding strong flavors of the alcohol version of this drink, it's easy to eliminate the alcohol and still have a tasty concoction. Even without the alcohol, a Virgin Piña Colada will still make you feel like you're sitting on a warm beach, relaxing to the sounds of the waves.
Maintaining the Basic Flavors
Rum has a very strong taste, so when you eliminate it from a drink recipe, it will sometimes become markedly different, or appear to be missing an integral ingredient. With a Piña Colada, however, you'll maintain the flavors of the drink even without the rum. Coconut and pineapple both have distinct flavors. They complement each other quite well in a Piña Colada, making it so uniquely recognizable as a Piña Colada, that the rum isn't even missed.
The Virgin Piña Colada Recipe
While many people think of frozen drinks as more exotic, that doesn't mean they're difficult to make. A basic Virgin Piña Colada recipe requires just one step and a few simple ingredients. The only ingredient you might have a hard time finding is the cream of coconut, but it's available in most liquor stores.
To make a Virgin Piña Colada, you will need:
- Electric blender
- Glass measuring cup
- Tall glasses
Add the following into a blender:
- 1/4 cup ice (more or less depending on thickness desired)
- 2 ounces cream of coconut
- 1-1/2 ounces crushed pineapple
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
Blend all ingredients at a high setting for about thirty seconds, or until smooth. Strain the results, if desired, then pour into a tall glass, and garnish as desired.
Possible Additions or Substitutions
While the most identifying flavors of a Piña Colada are always coconut and pineapple, whether with or without alcohol, the basic recipe is open to changes. Additions and substitutions can make a Piña Colada have an entirely different taste, but just as tasty as the original. Some additions or substitutions to consider are:
- On the rocks instead of frozen
- Substituting evaporated milk for the cream of coconut
- Blending in equal parts of a Virgin Nonalcoholic Strawberry Daquiri
- Substituting passion fruit for pineapple
- Substituting banana for pineapple
Virgin Piña Coladas don't have to be fattening. You can make certain changes to reduce your caloric intake and improve the nutritional value. Fresh fruits can always be added instead of canned or frozen. You can also substitute a light coconut milk for the cream of coconut, as it has sixty percent fewer calories than it's creamy counterpart.
Serving the Virgin Piña Colada
The most important part of any frozen drink, especially a nonalcoholic drink, is the presentation of it. The drink should be so enticing that no one will even miss the alcohol. Garnish a Virgin Piña Colada with fresh pineapple, cherries, or orange slices on a toothpick, or perched on the side of the glass. For an extra special treat, serve the drink in a hollowed-out coconut half. Toss in a colorful drink stirrer, and never forget the little umbrella!