Frozen Pina Colada (in a bucket)


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A Frozen Pina Colada is the ultimate grown-up summertime smoothie! Coconut, lime, and pineapple juice are frozen together to make this iconic drink. It’s a summertime favorite wherever you are!

Why stop at just one fun frozen drink. Try making a frozen peach champagne cocktail or delicious mango margaritas. These delicious drinks are often quick to go, so be sure to make lots!

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How to Make A Frozen Pina Colada

This is one of the BEST summer recipes!  It’s delicious and is an easy make-ahead recipe. You can make it up to a week ahead of time.

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large ice cream pail.
  2. Place the bucket in the freezer overnight, stirring after 4 hours.
  3. Take out of the freezer and let sit for about 15 minutes to soften.

Run a quarter of lime around the rim of each glass and use an ice cream spade to fill each glass and top with a spritz of soda. Hard alcohol doesn’t freeze so you’ll be left with a perfectly slushy drink!

Not a Rum Fan?  You can easily substitute tequila for a margarita bucket!  We’ve made it that way too with delicious results.

Want to Make It Without Alcohol?

For a fun twist (or for a virgin pina colada), leave out the rum, and scoop frozen pina colada mix halfway into a glass adding club soda or lemon-lime soda.

Because the alcohol keeps it from freezing it solid, the non-alcoholic version takes a little bit more to scrape out so freeze in a shallower dish (such as a 9×13 pan). You may need to leave it to sit out a bit longer than 15 minutes before scraping.

Scooping out Frozen Pina Colada with a metal ice cream scooper

Coconut Cream vs. Cream of Coconut

Coconut Cream can sometimes be a little tricky to find. Coconut cream (which is what you do want in this recipe) is thicker than coconut milk and has more flavor but isn’t overly sweet.  It can be found in most grocery stores.

Cream of Coconut is NOT the same as coconut cream, it’s much sweeter.  Cream of coconut is too sweet for this recipe (often found with the cocktail mixes in the grocery store)!

These Foods are Amazing with Pina Coladas

The best foods that go with frozen Pina Coladas are always finger-foods that can easily be held. Like chips and salsa, mini taquitos or corn dogs, chicken or beef skewers. If you want to be a little fancy, pair with a cold and tangy shrimp ceviche and of course shrimp tacos.

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Frozen Pina Colada (in a bucket)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 cocktails
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Just mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket (like an empty ice cream pail) and freeze.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz can frozen Lime-aid concentrate
  • 1 can coconut cream 13-15 oz
  • 48 oz pineapple juice or tropical juice
  • 12 oz coconut rum
  • Optional: Club Soda or Lemon-Lime Soda

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Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large ice cream pail.
  • Freeze overnight stirring after about 4 hours.
  • Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.
  • Run a lime around the edge of a glass and dip in sugar if desired.
  • Fill glass with frozen Pina Colada mix & enjoy or fill glass half full of Pina Colada Mix and top with soda or lemon-lime soda.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 126, Carbohydrates: 14g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 147mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 12.1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Hi. Approximately how long should this be frozen for? Would it be possible to make it in the morning for a party that night? Thanks

    1. Freeze overnight stirring after about 4 hours. I have only tried overnight, but if you freeze for about 10-12 hours, I think it would work. Let us know if you try it Alex!

  2. I used half cream of coconut  and half coconut milk because I had a hard time finding the other. It worked great!  5 stars

  3. I wonder if you could use half coconut milk and half cream of coconut, to cut the sweetness and give it more flavor

    1. I have only made it as written, but if you do try it please let me know how it works out for you.

  4. I would love to make this recipe, but what is frozen Lime-aid concentrate, as we don’t have it in Australia, or would there be a subsitute I could use. thanks

  5. My grocery store carries coconut milk or cream of coconut, not coconut cream. I went ahead and used the cream of coconut and replaced the limeade concentrate with the juice of 3 large limes. It had that sweet-tart, delicious flavor. Better yet, you avoid HFCS and come out a few grams less of sugar.
    Hope this helps.

    1. This looks great! Looking for a kid friendly slush for a family lake vacation. Do you think this would work if the adults added the rum after it came out of the freezer to the slushy so the kids could still enjoy?

  6. Hello, I just made this and my coconut cream from Sprouts was all liquid. Is that what it is suppose to look like? I know you said to be aware of cream of coconut and that is NOT what I bought. I also use coconut milk in other recipes and that is not what I bought. But I don’t know what the consistency of coconut cream is suppose to look like? I know Trader Joe’s has a coconut cream as well but I didn’t buy theirs as it said it was extra thick and extra rich and their picture of it looks thick not like a liquid like Sprouts. So what does the coconut cream you use look like? Where do you buy it? Also if I am wanting to make them “virgin” drinks, will it come out ok? Thank you!

    1. Coconut cream should be almost the texture of a heavy cream (and sometimes needs a little shake or stir to mix it all in). The alcohol does keep this from freezing solid so if you aren’t adding alcohol, you’ll want to take it out of the freezer for longer than 15 min before serving. It will likely require a little more scraping to get the right consistency.

      1. I just made some but the coconut cream was kind of chunky, looks like pieces of coconut in it. I wa expecting it to look more like cream. Do you think i got some bad ciconut cream. I had to go to 3 places and finally found it at Krogers.

        1. Coconut cream can sometimes separate a little if it’s been sitting on the shelf a long time. A good stir should help. It can sometimes be tricky to find so I stock up when I do find it.

  7. This looks so good! I remember my grandma making pina coladas in a bucket! Who knows what her recipe was but now that I see this, it brings back memories. Cheers!