Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Lava Flow Drink

This lava flow drink combines two delicious Hawaiian cocktails into one! Beat the summer heat with this refreshing, tangy frozen treat. 

Lava Flow Drink in hurricane glasses.

Do I want a piña colada, or do I want a daiquiri? When I just can’t decide, I whip up a frozen lava flow drink. 
It’s the best of both worlds – or, rather, the best of both Hawaiian cocktails!

To make this absolutely scrumptious summertime drink, I blend up a handful of frozen strawberries and lime juice with simple syrup and a splash of rum.

Then, I mix up a frozen piña colada with – you guessed it – some pineapple juice, coconut milk, and rum.

Serve both in the same glass, and enjoy both of your favorite pool drinks rolled into one!

Lava Flow Drink

Coming up with new, fun cocktail recipes is one of my favorite summer pastimes. The list doesn’t end with this lava flow drink recipe!

If you’re not one to mix, then enjoy a simple Piña Colada or Daiquiri on its own.

Feeling frozen cocktails these days? I don’t blame you! Check out my 8 Favorite Frozen Cocktails to sip on all summer long.

A great cocktail should also be served with a couple of great snacks, in my opinion! Since this is a really sugary drink, some tart sweets like these lemon bars would be perfect.

lava flow drink ingredients

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions 

  • White Rum & Coconut Rum - White rum, for the daiquiri, is a sweet alcohol made from molasses or sugar cane. You can’t go wrong with Bacardi or Captain Morgan! Coconut rum, alternatively, is even sweeter and adds even more coconut flavor to the piña colada. Don’t want to buy two kinds of rum? You can use just the coconut! 
  • Simple Syrup - This is incredibly simple to make at home: simply heat equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves.
  • Lime Juice - It’s so much more refreshing to squeeze your own at home. You’ll need a couple to get enough juice for this drink. If not in season or hard to find, the concentrated juice is absolutely fine.
  • Frozen Strawberries - Frozen strawberries give this drink its iconic icy texture, so I really don’t recommend using fresh. You could, of course, buy them fresh and then freeze them!
  • Pineapple Juice - The piña to our colada! A timeless match for rum and coconut. There’s no swapping this ingredient out — we need it to get that distinct flavor!
  • Coconut Milk - Don’t like your drinks too sweet? Try using coconut cream instead! It’s not as sugary, and it’s even creamier, making for an even more decadent drink.

frozen strawberries in blender

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Blender - A high power blender is a must in every kitchen.

  • Citrus Juicer - This gets every last drop out, which makes juicing limes so much easier.

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons - You may be tempted to eyeball the amounts, but I recommend using the proper tools so it comes out just right.

strawberry daquiri in blender

Lava Flow Drink FAQ

What is a lava flow?

It’s two tropical cocktails in one: strawberry daiquiri on the bottom, and pina colada on top! They’re also blended frozen, for an incredibly refreshing summer drink.

It’s called “lava flow” because that’s exactly what it looks like – flowing lava! Red on the bottom, white on top. It’s gorgeous!

Can a lava flow drink be made without any alcohol?

Absolutely! Turn this cocktail into a virgin lava flow “mocktail” by simply leaving out the rum.

Can I make these Hawaiian cocktails without blending them?

Of course. Serve over the rocks if you don’t want to bother blending! However, you will find that the two Hawaiian cocktails mix in your glass if you go this route. It’s still delicious! Just not as visually stunning.

ice and juice in blender

Prep Ahead Instructions 

This is a blended, frozen drink, so you can really only make it so far in advance without losing texture and flavor.

To prep ahead, I recommend pre-mixing the daiquiris and the pina colada in separate pitchers. Keep them refrigerated and then blend them together with the ice once you’re ready to serve.

You will also want to wait to blend the strawberries into the daiquiris until ready to serve as well, to keep them from getting mushy.

pina colada in blender

How To Store Lava Flow Drink

Really, this isn’t a recipe that you want to have leftovers for. It’s a frozen drink and will melt in the refrigerator. It’ll also lose its texture if frozen and then re-blended… though you totally could if you really wanted to!

Instead, just do as I advise above – prep the liquid, and save the frozen stuff for later. The liquid mixes can be refrigerated in a pitcher for up to 5 days. (But it’s always better fresh!)

cocktails with pineapple and strawberry garnish


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Author: Donna Elick
Lava Flow Drink

Lava Flow Drink

This lava flow drink combines two delicious Hawaiian cocktails into one! Beat the summer heat with this refreshing, tangy frozen treat.
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 3 ounces white rum
  • 2 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 12 ounces pineapple juice
  • 6 ounces coconut milk, canned
  • 3 ounces coconut rum
  • 3 cup ice cubes


  1. In your blender, combine the rum, simple syrup, lime juice, and strawberries. Blend this mixture until it comes out smooth.
  2. Pour about 1 inch of the daiquiri into your glasses.
  3. Rinse your blender out, so there is no strawberry daiquiri left.
  4. Place your pineapple juice, rum, coconut milk, and ice into the blender. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the pina colada over the daiquiri, allowing them to mix slightly.

Lava Flow Drink closeup

Originally published May 2022

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