Whenever we go to Hawaii we are always making pina coladas, and just winging the recipe. We have probably made over 20 different pina colada recipes, and this is the cumulation of all those. It has even passed the mom and grandparent test. Just be careful with how many of these they consume. Let us introduce to you … The Carnelian Colada! This vibrant concoction combines the lusciousness of pineapple, the creaminess of coconut, and a touch of island magic that will have you feeling like you’re lounging under swaying palm trees. Be sure to check out the suggested pairing at the bottom!

carnelian colada

how to make a carnelian colada (pina colada)


*makes 2 cocktails

  • 3 oz white rum
  • 1 ½ oz Malibu coconut rum
  • 4 oz Coco Lopez
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ C frozen pineapple 
  • 2 C ice
  • ¼ oz dark rum, float


Combine all ingredients, except the dark rum, in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more frozen pineapples to increase desired thickness. Top with rum float.

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ingredients for carnelian colada


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If you can, make sure to use Coco Lopez for your cream of coconut. This gives you the authentic feel of an original pina colada. Alternatively, you can use Coco Real which is a great alternative. Grab your sunglasses, kick back, and let the “Carnelian Colada” whisk you away to the tropics. Cheers to the taste of paradise!

suggested pairing for a carnelian colada

Try pairing this pina colada spin with our coconut prawns recipe! The carnelian colada’s pineapple and coconut blend beautifully with the coconut coating of the prawns, creating a delightful fusion of textures. Use these recipes for your next tiki party!

carnelian colada


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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