The perfect lava flow cocktail recipe is creamy, sweet and fruity. This Hawaiian tropical drink resembles real lava flow hence the name. This cocktail with cream of coconut makes a lovely summer drink. It isn’t hard to make a Hawaiian lava flow at home and you’ll definitely want more than one! So let’s make this wonderful cocktail recipe with rum and get the party started! This Hawaiian lava flow cocktail recipe is not only tasty but it is so darn cute, too.
Get whisked away to a tropical paradise with this refreshing lava flow drink! This colourful drink combines the sweetness of fresh fruits with the creaminess of coconut, creating a perfect balance of flavours.
Similar to a Miami Vice drink, this lava flow drink can be served with or without a banana garnish. You might like to make extra so you don’t have to keep having to use the blender and making more.
Lava Flow Cocktail Recipe Ingredients
Frozen strawberries and white rum make up the strawberry ‘lava’ layer. You also need crushed ice, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut for this Hawaiian lava flow. A fresh pineapple wedge is a classic garnish but a fresh strawberry or banana garnish is also a good option.
Instructions for this Hawaiian Tropical Drink
Blend frozen strawberries with white rum until the mixture is smooth. This can go into a hurricane glass while you prepare the other layer. Clean out the blender, then add the cream of coconut, ice, and pineapple juice. This mixture should be slushy in texture. If it’s too liquid you can add more ice to the fruity drink mix.
Now you can top the strawberry mixture with the pineapple mixture in a hurricane glass. Make the ‘flow’ effect using a straw and garnish with a wedge of pineapple. It would be great served alongside this coconut pineapple margarita.
Lava Flow Cocktail Recipe Tips
Use good quality ingredients for the best results. Fresh pineapple juice, a good quality white rum (such as Bacardi) and cream of coconut are key here. To get the best flow effect try spooning the mixture on top of the strawberry mixture rather than pouring it out the blender.
Reduce the cream of coconut to one ounce if you prefer less sweetness. A cocktail with cream of coconut tends to be on the sweeter side. Pina colada, coconut daiquiris and painkiller cocktails feature cream of coconut too.
Another tip is to swap some of the white rum for coconut rum (such as Malibu) if you can’t get enough of that wonderful coconut taste! You can change the amount of alcohol too if you want to modify this cocktail recipe with rum.
What is Cream of Coconut?
Are you wondering what the difference is between coconut milk, coconut cream and cream of coconut? Those are three different things.
Coconut milk is diluted coconut cream pressed out of a coconut. It’s rich and creamy and used in curries, sauces, desserts, and soups. Coconut cream is thicker and richer because it has less water.
This recipe is a cocktail with cream of coconut. This ingredient is thick and sweet. It’s used to make drinks. If you can’t find it in the grocery store or liquor store, you can substitute one of the following:
- Sweetened condensed milk mixed with coconut extract.
- Two parts heavy whipping cream mixed with one part coconut cream powder.
- The top layer of canned full-fat coconut milk (don’t shake the can first – the thickest coconut milk is on top).
More about this Lava Flow Cocktail Recipe
This colourful Hawaiian tropical drink is a favourite refresher in Hawaii. In fact you can’t go on vacation to Hawaii without trying at least one of these! It is cute and festive and can be garnished with fresh pineapple and maybe some cocktail umbrellas as well. Sometimes a whole banana is added to the drink or you can get it more as a layered slushie like this frozen Miami Vice cocktail.
Lava Flow Cocktail Recipe Colour Variations
The fun thing about this Hawaiian lava flow is it looks like red lava flowing through the white part of the drink. There are also variations if you want to change the color. This cocktail recipe with rum can be tweaked colour-wise as follows:
Green Lava: Juice a celery stalk, 4 kale leaves and a green apple, adding ½ sugar if it’s too tart.
Yellow Lava: Use 3 ounces of frozen or fresh pineapple, orange or mango juice. This one could be garnished with a wedge of mango instead of the pineapple.
Orange Lava: Combine 3 ounces of carrot extract with the rum and decorate the glass with a slice of orange.
Purple Lava: Use 3 ounces of frozen or fresh blackberries or blueberries. You can also use some of each. Decorate this drink with a few large blueberries on a cocktail toothpick.
Lava Flow Cocktail FAQs
Yes! To make this a mocktail non alcoholic lava flow, just omit the rum to make a virgin lava flow! You could also substitute the rum for a nonalcoholic rum alternative at 1:1.
Yes, you could serve this tropical cocktail over the rocks if you don’t have a blender. The two parts of the drink will combine, so it will look different but still taste just as good.
A lava flow drink is a fruity and creamy cocktail typically made with rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and strawberries. It is thought to look like a flowing lava from a volcano and you will find these tropical drinks served at tiki bars and beach resorts in Hawaii.
Tropical Hawaiian Fruity Lava Flow Drink Recipe
Tropical Hawaiian Fruity Lava Flow Cocktail
Ingredients for Strawberry Layer
- 1.5 Oz. rum white
- 1/2 Cup strawberries frozen
Coconut/ Pineapple Layer
- 1/2 Cup ice crushed
- 2 Oz. pineapple juice fresh
- 2 Oz. Cream of Coconut
- Fresh Pineapple Wedge for garnish
- Combine frozen strawberries and white rum in a high speed blender. Blend until youreach a smooth consistency
- Pour the strawberry puree into a hurricane glass (or your glass of choice
- Clean blender.
- Add crushed ice, pineapple juice and cream of coconut to the blender. Blend until itis a slushy consistency, add more ice if necessary
- Carefully top the strawberry puree with the coconut/pineapple mixture
- Use a straw to swirl and create your custom Lava Flow!
- Garnish your Lava Flow with a pineapple wedge and enjoy! Paper umbrellas are alsoa pretty add on!
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This lava flow recipe is so good. It combines the most wonderful tropical flavours and it’s perfectly sweet and satisfying. If you’ve never made your own Hawaiian themed drinks, try this one.
Close your eyes while you sip and imagine you’re on a tropical vacation in Hawaii! I bet you could use a fruity tropical drink right about now! This is one of my favourite Hawaiian drinks when I am on vacation. This Hawaiian lava flow cocktail recipe is not only tasty but it is so darn cute, too. If you are looking for some delicious frozen cocktails, this is one to try out soon.
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I want to try this one! so cute
There isn’t a single thing I don’t love about this, the fruit, the rum, yes please
Oh yum, what delicious flavors. I would love to sip on one of these.
I love this! Will be making this on a hot summer afternoon.
This is summer in a glass! Looks so tasty and refreshing.