Frozen Pina Colada (in a bucket)

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This Frozen Pina Colada is a party favorite…  a cocktail in a bucket!  Just mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket (like an empty ice cream pail) and freeze.  On the day of your party (or on a Saturday afternoon), just take it out of the freezer and serve!Frozen Pina Colada with pineapple slice and straw

This is one of the BEST summer recipes! First of all, because it’s delicious! Secondly, this is an easy make ahead recipe.  You literally just pour a few simple ingredients into a bucket and put the lid on and stick it in the freezer. You can make it up to a week ahead of time. 15 minutes before serving, just set it on the counter. Once ready to serve, just scoop it into a glass and serve!  Perfect right?

Want to Make It Without Alcohol?

The alcohol keeps this from freezing solid making it easy to serve right out of the freezer.  If you want to make this without ALCOHOL, just skip the rum.

Because the alcohol keeps it from freezing it solid, the non-alcoholic version takes a little bit more to scrape out so I’d recommend freezing it 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.  Using an ice cream spade is perfect for scraping this out and serving!

Not a Rum Fan?

If you’re not a big rum fan you can easily substitute tequila for a margarita bucket!  We’ve made it that way too with delicious results.

Frozen Pina Colada in bucket with scoop

Coconut Cream vs. Coconut Milk

Coconut Cream can sometimes be a little tricky as the coconut “things” in cans can be confusing. 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)!

Items You’ll Need for Frozen Pina Coladas  

* Coconut Cream * Pineapple Juice * ice cream spade *

frozen pina colada in glass
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Review Recipe


Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 12 cocktails
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
This Frozen Pina Colada is a party favorite… a cocktail in a bucket! Just mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket (like an empty ice cream pail) and freeze.


  • 1 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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  1. Combine all ingredients in a large ice cream pail.
  2. Freeze overnight stirring after about 4 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.
  4. Run a lime around the edge of a glass and dip in sugar if desired.
  5. 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, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 147mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 0.1%, Vitamin C: 14.7%, Calcium: 1.5%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Frozen Pina Colada

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Frozen Pina Colada with or without alcohol (in a bucket) is the perfect party drink! Mix all ingredients in an ice cream pail and freeze... scoop into glasses to serve!

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