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

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?

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 sit out a bit longer than 15 minutes before scraping.  Using an ice cream spade is perfect for scraping this out and serving!

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 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!

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 This Recipe  

* Coconut Cream * Pineapple Juice * ice cream spade *

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Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 12 cocktails
Author Holly
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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  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!  

  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.

  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!