Lava Flow Cocktail


I constantly have summer on the brain.  I love the warmth of the sun, the long days, the general carefree attitude of people during the summer months.  I’ve been feigning mojitos and sangria until Rachel told me about one of her favorite summer drinks- the lava flow cocktail. 

Aptly named, this cocktail really does remind me of molten lava flowing down a charred volcano.  However, until hot flowing lava that’s probably some thousand degrees, this cocktail frosty and cold and sure to cool you down.     

TheChic_lava-flow-ingredients This cocktail is fairly simple to make.  You need a good blender and the following ingredients: Malibu coconut rum, cream of coconut, light (white) rum, frozen strawberries, pineapple juice, a fresh pineapple (optional for garnish), and some ice. 

Some variations use banana, but I decided not to.  I feel that banana can be a little overpowering.  This was my first real lava flow cocktail.  The last time I went to Hawaii, I just two years shy of the legal drinking age.  Alas, I was given a non-alcohol version (still tasty nonetheless).

TheChic_lava-flow-2Divide the strawberry rum puree among four serving glasses.  Slowly pour the coconut pineapple mixture into the serving glass and watch the flow flow effect happen! 


Lava Flow Cocktail
Serves 4
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  1. 4 oz coconut rum
  2. 4 oz light (white) rum
  3. 10 oz frozen strawberries
  4. 8 oz pineapple juice
  5. 8 oz cream of coconut
  6. 2 cups crushed ice
  7. fresh pineapple wedges, for garnish
  1. In a blender, combine coconut rum, light rum, and strawberries. Blend to a puree. Transfer to a clean pitcher.
  2. Clean and wash out blender. Add pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Divide strawberry rum puree among 4 serving classes. Slowly pour pineapple coconut mixture into the glass. The red mixture will evenly swirl with the white mixture.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and serve immediately.
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37 Responses to “Lava Flow Cocktail”

  1. Laura

    At the big beach bar here they call them “Pain in de Asses”. Delicious drink and gorgeous photos!

  2. Trish

    This sounds incredible! I love pina coladas. I’ll have to give this a whirl.

  3. Tracy

    These look so yummy. I am definitely going to try. I LOVE the glasses. Could you please share where they are from? Thanks!

  4. Josh

    Meh, it’s ok. It’s basically a strawberry pina coloda, and I would recommend you tell your guest to stir it before drinking, as the division of ingredients isn’t that great to drink, you get a strong burst of alcohol from the strawberry and a cloying sweetness from the coconut mix.

    • Rachel Hollis

      Josh, this is where you and I agree to disagree. Just “ok?” No way buddy, this is like Cabo San Lucas in a glass and I love the division of ingredients… in one sip it’s coconut, in the next it’s strawberry… sometimes there are pockets of straight rum. It’s like Pandora’s Box in a cocktail and it’s DELICIOUS! 😉 ~Rachel

  5. Cris

    I think you should put the coconut rum with the coconut ingredients and the light rum with the berries. That way you get some alcohol in both components. I had one of these at the beach hut the other night and have been looking for the recipe. It was awesome. Can’t wait to make them myself and save $10.

  6. Marie

    Looks easy enough, healthy, refreshing, oh yeah, sounds like a fun place to be (-;

  7. Jojo

    Ever since I went on my cruise I have been looking for ( craving ) drink recipes like these. I am definitely going to make this one at the next gathering.

  8. Kim

    Had one of these in Hawiia but they were “Gauva flow” how can you make this with Gauva ?

  9. Darwin flores

    simply delicious!!! I love piña coladas and for my this combination rocks, try it without alcohol as a fresh drink in a sunny day!!!!

  10. JoAnn

    I made these over the 4th of July Weekend for our campers to try, and they were a hit. I actually like the idea from Cris that says to put the Malibu rum with the coconut mixture and the light rum with the strawberry mixture for alcohol to be in both parts of the swirl. I will do that next time for sure! These were fun and had a great presentation.

    • Rachel Hollis

      I believe you can find nonalcoholic versions of pina colada mix… then you just don’t mix the rest of the alcohol in from the recipe. It’ll taste like a real delicious milkshake.

  11. LeAnne

    They were terrific, thank you! I have wanted one of these since we left Hawaii 5 years ago, thank you so much!

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