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Lava Flow Drink Recipe

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A lava flow drink is a cross between a piña colada and a strawberry daiquiri. The perfect colorful Hawaiian tropical frozen cocktail to make this summer or really any time of year.

lava flow drink in tall glasses

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re on a white sandy beach, sand between your toes, and cool blue waters rolling in, but can’t make the trip to Hawai’i, why not settle for this delicious frozen cocktail.

Bright fiery red base with a creamy white top poured in a tall collins glass makes this frozen cocktail both a visual and tasty treat.

The lava flow is a popular drink here in Hawai’i and while not truly a Hawaiian recipe, it has definitely become a mainstay in local bars and restaurants.

The lava flow cocktail is a cross between a pina colada and strawberry daiquiri. A sweet and colorful tropical cocktail that you just have to try. 

close up of a lava flow drink

What’s in a lava flow drink?

  • Strawberries. Frozen is best as it gives it a smoothie like consistency.
  • Light rum. You can use any brand you’d like here.
  • Coconut rum. You can also use any brand here. The coconut flavor gives it a tropical kick.
  • Banana. Be sure to use a ripe banana here. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is.
  • Cream of coconut. Not to be confused with coconut cream. You can find this in your local grocery store. It’s a sweet cream made from the coconut meat and has a thick syrup consistency.
  • Pineapple juice. Canned or fresh works here.
  • Ice. You can’t have a blended drink without some ice right?

Garnishes

  • Fresh slice of pineapple
  • Cocktail umbrella
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Why is it called a lava flow?

The pineapple, banana, and coconut mixture gets poured over a boozy strawberry base creating what looks like lava flowing. This look is what gives this frozen cocktail its name.

How do you make a virgin lava flow?

Got kids or non-drinkers around? Not to worry. This cocktail can easily be made virgin (no alcohol). Simply replace the alcohol with milk. Now you’ve got a delicious lava flow smoothie.

lava flow drink with a pineapple garnish

Can you make this frozen cocktail ahead of time?

Since this drink is made with frozen ingredients it is best to make at the time of serving. It will not hold up well in the refrigerator or freezer if made ahead of time.

What type of glass should I serve it in?

Classic lava flows are served in a hurricane or collins glass, however you can use any glass you’d like here.

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hand holding a lava flow drink

How to make a lava flow drink?

  1. To a blender add strawberries, light rum, and coconut rum. Blend until well combined. Pour mixture into a glass and set aside.
  2. Rinse out the blender.
  3. Then add banana, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and ice to the blender. Blend until well combined.
  4. Slowly pour the banana mixture over the strawberry mixture. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail umbrella and ENJOY!
lava flow drink in tall glasses

Lava Flow Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This lava flow drink is a cross between a piña colada and a strawberry daiquiri. The perfect colorful tropical frozen cocktail to make you dream of white sandy beaches and clear blue water.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1 banana
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. To a blender add strawberries, light rum, and coconut rum. Blend until well combined. Pour mixture into a glass and set aside.
  2. Rinse out the blender.
  3. Then add banana, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and ice to the blender. Blend until well combined.
  4. Slowly pour the banana mixture over the strawberry mixture. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail umbrella and ENJOY!

Notes

*Garnish with a pineapple slice and a drink umbrella.

*Make this a virgin (alcohol free) drink by replacing the alcohol with milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 863Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 91gFiber: 13gSugar: 62gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on August 12th, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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