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!

Frozen Pina Colada with pineapple slice and straw

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.

Frozen Pina Colada in bucket with scoop

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
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

  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: 5%, Vitamin C: 12.1%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 0.4%

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

Keyword Frozen Pina Colada, pina colada
Frozen Pina Colada with pineapple slice and straw
Frozen Pina Colada with pineapple slice and straw
Top photo - Frozen Pina Colada with pineapple slice and straw. Bottom photo - Frozen Pina Colada being scooped from a bucket.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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