Caffeinated Cocktail: Coffee Colada

What’s the perfect summer vacation? Most people probably envision an island paradise, complete with white sands, crystal clear waters, and bonfires by the ocean every night. Even though many of us won’t get that experience in the next few months, we have one of the next best things:a Coffee Colada.

Following up our Espresso Martini, we’re continuing our Caffeinated Cocktail series with this summery combination of coffee, frozen pineapple, and coconut! 

A Piña Colada is one of the most recognizable cocktails on the planet. According to Drinks International, it sits right in the middle of the most popular cocktails of all time. Though the coffee variant of this island bar classic is lesser-known, we think it’s just as tasty, if not tastier, than its original!

There are a few different ways you can make this delicacy, and you might want to pay attention! Rarer than the Espresso Martini, the Coffee Colada might not be at your local bar, and you would be hard-pressed to find this drink in a coffee shop. However, you can add this to your growing list of coffee cocktail recipes and give your next house party guests a surprise trip to an island paradise!

Recipe #1: The Kahlua Colada

Our first of three recipes, this recipe begins with the classic Piña Colada recipe and makes a few simple adjustments! 

To start, you’ll need to grab your essential Piña Colada ingredients:

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cream of Coconut
  • Lime Juice

As well as the special ingredient for this particular drink, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur. For the original Piña Colada, any number of dark rums will do the trick, but for this specific recipe, you need that coffee kick! 

Kahlua is the natural first choice, as it’s already popular amongst other coffee-based cocktails such as the White Russian and Irish Coffee. That being said, any type of coffee liqueur will get the job done. 

Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, the drink is pretty straightforward to make. 

  1. Pour 1.5 ounces of Kahlua into a blender, followed by 0.5 ounces of Cream of Coconut and 2 ounces of Pineapple Juice.
  2. Top it off with 0.25 ounces of Lime Juice, and blend the ingredients thoroughly. You want to make sure the drink is smooth, and if you’re going to go the extra mile, use a cocktail strainer to make sure there are no chunks in the finished product.
  3. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass of your choice (although we will say a Martini Glass makes for a fun presentation), top with a small dollop of whipped cream, slivers of coconut, pieces of pineapple, or any other decorative toppings you want. 

Recipe #2: Some Variations

The recipe above is the most common way to make a Coffee Colada, but if you want to swap out some ingredients or work in some extra flavors, we have some suggestions!

If you want to stick with the traditional rum, rather than Kahlua, but you still want the taste of coffee, you could try this recipe, which simply adds coffee ice cubes to a classic Piña Colada mix. When you make your morning coffee, pour all the leftovers into an ice cube tray and let them freeze.  Voila! Coffee ice cubes.

Add all of the ingredients together, and blend until smooth. This will stay closer to the original taste of the Piña Colada but still adds a tasty, frozen coffee aspect. 

If you’ve tried the recipe a few times and are just looking for a little more depth and flavor, you can follow this recipe and add a garnish of ground nutmeg! Though nutmeg is better known for its contributions to fall-themed food like pumpkin pie, its warm, nutty flavor gives the perfect contrast to the bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the pineapple.

As we’ve mentioned a few times, this drink works best when it is perfectly smooth. If you blend it correctly, this shouldn’t be a problem, but you can also try swapping the Cream of Coconut for Coconut Milk. This should prevent any chunks from the Cream of Coconut, but you might need to add some simple syrup to make up for the loss of sweetness.

Recipe #3- Coffee Colada Mocktail

As much as we love our rum coffee cocktails, not everybody wants an alcoholic option to cool off with during the summer. Thank goddess for mocktails!

This mocktail recipe makes up for the loss of Kahlua by adding Amora Cold Brewed Coffee and makes up for the creaminess by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

  1. Overnight, brew your cold brew coffee by letting coarse coffee grounds steep in room temperature water. 
  2. Combine one scoop of vanilla ice cream with 1.5 ounces of pineapple juice, 0.5 ounces of coconut syrup, and 1.5 ounces of your brewed coffee in a blender. 
  3. Blend the mixture until smooth, and garnish with your toppings of choice.

Try this combination once, and you might not even want to go back to the boozy version! 

The Final Say

Now that you have a few options go forth and blend, shake, and mix away! Make a big batch for brunch, throw an island-themed birthday party, or give yourself a Sunday afternoon treat. You deserve it! 

If you find an even better way to mix this drink, let us know, and keep your eyes peeled for the next installment of our Caffeinated Cocktail series! 


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