Virgin Piña Colada Recipe (non-alcoholic) - What Katy Said

The best Virgin Piña Colada recipe, EVER!

Inside: The best non alcoholic Piña Colada mix you’ll ever taste!

Summer is here and with it comes a need for cool, refreshing drinks. What better drink to serve than a mocktail that the entire family can enjoy. And not only will it cool you down, but it will transport you off to an exotic island – waves splash against your ankles as you enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Or in my case, my feet in a paddling pool as I hear the kids laughing as they plan to soak me with their pistols!

Either way, once you try this recipe you’ll agree that it is the best non-alcoholic Piña Colada mix you’ve ever tasted. It has taken me an absolute age to find the perfect ingredients but this is the winner – my go-to mocktail drink for summer from now on!

Now, this is a non-alcoholic Piña Colada recipe, but you could easily adapt it to add in the necessary rum to make it alcoholic. The key ingredient here is the cream of coconut – that is the thing that I’ve been trying to work out for months with many failed attempts!

What is a Piña Colada?

Piña Coladas are an alcoholic cocktail originating from Puerto Rico, with the name meaning ‘strained pineapple’. They are made using a blend of pineapple, cream of coconut and white rum. Traditionally you find them in a tall Poco Grande glass with a garnish of pineapple on the side- delish! Now today we are going to be looking to recreate a Piña Colada, virgin style so that everyone can enjoy the taste of summer together.

Can I use coconut milk?

I can tell you from experience that no, coconut milk and coconut cream are not the same as cream of coconut. Coconut milk is thin like cows milk and would be used in the same way; in tea & coffee or in your cereal. Coconut cream is also fairly thin in comparison and is often used in cooking to make creamy sauces.

Cream of coconut is more like condensed milk in consistency and is just as sweet – giving the perfect balance to the pineapple in the mix. It is harder to come by but it is the only thing that gives you that authentic flavour.

Ingredients for a virgin Piña Colada

This is very straight forward mocktail recipe but the specific coconut cream is key to making it work. I have tried so many but this is the best one out there.

As well as being found on Amazon (aff link), I have seen it in Lakeland, in health food shops and in the world foods section of major supermarkets.

For one mocktail, you will need:

1/3 Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut

2/3 pineapple juice from concentrate


Pineapple wedges to garnish

How to make the best Piña Colada mocktail

You don’t have to use a cocktail shaker but I find that giving it a good shake gives the ingredients a chance to combine – otherwise they do tend to separate with the cream being so thick. You can also use a blender to mix them together in a larger batch if you prefer.

Another fun option is to blitz up some ice to make the mix even thicker, more like a virgin Piña Colada smoothie – lovely and cooling on a hot summer day.

Pour the Coco Lopez Coconut Cream up to around the 1/3 mark of the shaker, top the rest of the shaker up with pineapple juice and plop in some ice.

Give it a good shake up to get it frothy and then pour into a Poco Grande glass. Add a straw and some pineapple wedges to garnish and you’re done! Voila!

{Each can of Cream makes 3 – 4 large Piña Coladas to give you a rough guide as to how many you might need.}

Non Alcoholic Pina Colada

Non Alcoholic Pina Colada

Non alcoholic Pina Colada - simple and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
  • Pineapple juice from concentrate
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedges to garnish


  1. Pour the Coco Lopez Coconut Cream up to around the 1/3 mark of the shaker.
  2. Top the rest of the shaker up with pineapple juice.
  3. Add in some ice and give it a good shake.
  4. Pour into the glass and garnish with a pineapple slice.


For a bulk recipe just keep to the same ratio of 1/3 Coco Lopez to 2/3 Pineapple juice.

Each can of Cream makes 3 - 4 large Piña Coladas to give you a rough guide as to how many you might need.

Can I use fresh pineapple chunks?

If you have a blender then you can add to this recipe by blitzing up some fresh pineapple chunks within the mix to add a little extra flavour and texture to the drink.

You can also freeze your mix so that you can have a store ready for when guests arrive or for days when only a Piña Colada will do. Simply pour the mix into a sealable container and pop it in the freezer until needed.

I hope my easy Piña Colada mocktail recipe has inspired you to go and make your own! I’d love to know what you think!

What is your favourite mocktail for summer?


  • Reply
    Cheryl Flounders
    August 27, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Amazing! I’m 41 weeks pregnant – ugh! And feel like summer will be over before this one makes an appearance and I’ll have missed out on the cold glass of white wine that the warmer evenings are meant for. So definitely going to have a go at making this!!

    • Reply
      August 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Honestly it is the MOST delicious thing you’ll have ever tasted!

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