Lava Flow Recipe – A Hawaiian Must-Try Cocktail

The Lava Flow is the ultimate frozen tropical cocktail featuring light rums, coconut, pineapple and strawberry.

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The Lava Flow is a refreshing and rich cocktail full of tropical flavors of coconut, pineapple, and a swirl of strawberry to finish up this deliciously addictive drink.

With every sip, we guarantee that you’ll get transported to a Hawaiian resort where it’s (with good reasons) a bar favorite.

The Lava Flow is a cross between a Piña Colada and Miami Vice. It gets its name because it looks like lava flowing from a volcano.

How to Create the Swirl Effect?

This tropical drink is equally delicious as it is visually pleasing.

To achieve the swirl effect, all you need to do is pour the red rum strawberry mixture on top of the white pineapple coconut base.

Next, stir the drink with a straw to create some “lava flow” movements, and there you have it!

ingredients needed for the Lava flow | recipe by sugar and cloth

Ingredients Needed for the Lava Flow Cocktail

Coconut rum — We used Malibu Coconut Rum, which is our brand of choice when also making a Malibu Bay Breeze and Vegas Bomb Shot.

White rum

Cream of coconut — Not to be confused with coconut cream, cream of coconut is a a sweet coconut syrup used in cocktails.

You can use store-bought cream of coconut or it’s so easy to make at home. Get the simple homemade recipe in our Bushwacker recipe post.

 Pineapple — Fresh or frozen

Strawberries — Fresh or frozen

Ice

jigger, flowers, paper umbrellas | equipment used for the Lava flow

Useful Equipment to Make this Drink

We love blended cocktails for good reasons. They are easy and quick to make without requiring too many equipment pieces.

To make the Lava Flow recipe, you are going to need —

Jigger — To measure the pour of each liquid. 

Blender

Long tall glass — Like a hurricane glass or collins glass

Knife and cutting board

Straw

Paper cocktail umbrellaOptional for garnish

Flower — Optional for garnish

adding ingredients on a blender for the Lava flow

How to Make a Lava Flow Cocktail

1 — In a blender, add 1/2 cup of ice, the sliced strawberries, and the coconut and white rums. Blend until a smooth slushy consistency is achieved. 

adding rum on a blender for the Lava flow

2 — Pour the mixture into the glass.

3 — Then, rinse the blender, and add more ice, pineapple, and the cream of coconut. Again, blend until you achieve the same slushy consistency. 

4 — Slowly pour over the mixture over your first red rum mixture. Stir with a straw to create the swirl effect.

Pouring over the red slushy for the Lava flow

5 — Optional: Prepare your garnishes. 

Cut a pineapple slice into a triangle with a slit at the tip to sit on the glass. Add any flower of your choice with a paper umbrella.

Lava flow with a slice of pineapple and flowers as gasnish

Lava Flow Recipe Notes and Tips

— Because this is a frozen drink, this cocktail is best served immediately. Once it melts, it’s just not the same. 

— Using fresh fruit is always best for any recipe. However, since this is a frozen drink, opting for frozen fruit is fine as it will give the tropical drink a slushy texture.

— To make a virgin version, skip the alcohol and replace it with milk or coconut water. The kids will love it!

two glasses of Lava flow cocktail

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Lava Flow Recipe

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The Lava Flow is the ultimate frozen tropical cocktail for the summer, featuring light rums, coconut, pineapple and strawberry.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails

Equipment

  • Long tall glass
  • Straw
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Paper cocktail umbrella optional for garnish
  • Flowers optional for garnish

Ingredients

  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 2 oz cream of coconut
  • 1/2 cup strawberry fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup pineapple fresh or frozen and more for garnish
  • Ice

Nutrition

Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 506kcal

Notes

  • Serve immediately.

Instructions

  • In a blender, add 1/2 cup of ice, the sliced strawberries, and the coconut and white rums. Blend until a smooth slushy consistency is achieved. 
  • Pour the mixture into the glass.
  • Rinse the blender, and add more ice, pineapple, and the cream of coconut. Again, blend until you achieve the same slushy consistency. 
  • Slowly pour over the white mixture over your first red rum mixture. Stir with a straw to create the swirl effect.
  • Optional: Prepare your garnishes. Cut a pineapple slice into a triangle with a slit at the tip to sit on the glass. Add any flower of your choice with a paper umbrella.
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