I love this easy, breezy virgin piña colada, made with creamy coconut milk and sweet pineapple, this one step recipe will be a hit in your home. 

This recipe includes a bunch of fun variation ideas and all the tips to making this mocktail like a pro!

If you’re looking for homemade drink recipes, try my refreshing strawberry limeade and this watermelon cooler.

Virgin Piña Coladas served in coconut shells

Why you’ll love this Virgin Piña Colada

  • Refreshing taste: A Virgin Piña Colada is made with the combination of pineapple juice, coconut cream, and crushed ice, which makes it a refreshing and cooling drink to enjoy.
  • Non-alcoholic: Since it is a “virgin” cocktail, it does not contain any alcohol.
  • Tropical flavors: The combination of pineapple and coconut creates a tropical flavor that transports you to a sunny beach somewhere. This can be especially enjoyable for those who are stuck in cold weather or are missing their vacations.
  • Easy to make: Virgin Piña Coladas are easy to make at home with just a few ingredients. You can enjoy this delicious drink anytime you want without having to leave your house.
  • Can be customized: You can easily customize a Virgin Piña Colada to your liking by adding different fruits or flavors. For example, you can add strawberries or mango to create your own unique version.

Ingredients and substitution notes

  • Coconut milk: Gives a super creamy texture. You can substitute with coconut cream.
  • Frozen pineapple chunks: You can use fresh pineapple instead of frozen, but then you will need to add more ice to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Crushed pineapple: You can use pineapple juice instead of crushed pineapple, but using the crushed pineapple will give a thicker consistency to the drink.
  • Maple syrup: This is an optional ingredient to add sweetness to the drink. You can substitute with any other sweetener of your choice.

Virgin Piña Colada Recipe variations and add-ins

  • Strawberry piña colada: Add a handful of fresh or frozen strawberries to the blender along with the coconut milk and pineapple to create a Strawberry Piña Colada.
  • Mango piña colada: Replace the pineapple with frozen mango chunks to make a Mango Piña Colada.
  • Peach piña colada: Use frozen peaches instead of pineapple to make a Peach Piña Colada.
  • Mint piña colada: Add a few fresh mint leaves to the blender to create a refreshing and cooling Mint Piña Colada.
  • Vanilla piña colada: Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a vanilla bean to the blender for a touch of sweetness and a hint of vanilla flavor.

Top tips for making Virgin Piña Coladas

  • Use coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk: This will give your drink a creamier and richer texture.
  • Freeze your pineapple: As you can see, this recipe is made with frozen pineapple chunks and canned pineapple. If you only have fresh pineapple then chop it up and pop it in the freezer first. 
  • Add ice cubes gradually: This will help you achieve the desired consistency without over-diluting your drink.
  • Taste and adjust: Before serving, taste your Virgin Piña Colada and adjust the sweetness or tanginess by adding more pineapple or a sweetener of your choice.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit: A wedge of pineapple, a slice of lime, or a sprig of mint can add a nice finishing touch to your drink.
  • Use a high-powered blender: A high-powered blender will give you a smoother and creamier consistency compared to a regular blender.
  • Chill your glass: To keep your drink cold, chill your glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving.

Make ahead of instructions and storage

While it’s best to enjoy a Virgin Piña Colada fresh, there are some make-ahead instructions and storage tips you can follow if you need to prepare the drink in advance:

Make ahead of instructions: You can make a Virgin Piña Colada a few hours before serving. Blend all the ingredients, except for the ice, in a blender and store the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, add ice to the blender, pour in the mixture, and blend until smooth.

Storage: If you have leftover Virgin Piña Colada, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. However, keep in mind that the texture may change and the drink may become less creamy over time. To restore the creaminess, you can give it a quick blend in the blender before serving.

By following these instructions and tips, you can still enjoy a delicious and refreshing Virgin Piña Colada even if you need to make it ahead of time or store it for later.


Can I use fresh pineapple instead of frozen pineapple in a Virgin Piña Colada? 

Yes, you can use fresh pineapple in a Virgin Piña Colada recipe. However, you may need to add more ice to achieve the desired consistency. It’s also important to use ripe and sweet pineapple for the best flavor.

Can I make a Virgin Piña Colada without coconut milk?

Yes, you can make a Virgin Piña Colada without coconut milk. You can replace it with almond milk, soy milk, or another non-dairy milk of your choice. However, keep in mind that this will change the flavor and texture of the drink. You can also use coconut water for a lighter and more hydrating version of the drink.

Wrapping it up

I hope you have a blast making your own virgin Piña Coladas and that they have you sipping on them all summer long!

For other summery drink recipe ideas, check out my strawberry limeade

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Virgin Piña Coladas served in coconut shells

Virgin Piña Colada (Vegan)

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  • Author: Chef Ani


I love this easy, breezy virgin piña colada, made with creamy coconut milk and sweet pineapple, this one step recipe will be a hit in your home. 


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • Ice if needed for consistency


  1. Blend in a blender until smooth!


  • You can use 1/2 cup of pineapple juice instead of the crushed pineapple if you prefer.  The consistency will be a little thinner, but add ice until you have the preferred consistency.  Serve immediately.

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