Lava Flow Cocktail




About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Mart...

Hawaii is one of my favorite places on earth, and it was there that I had my first alcoholic cocktail: the Lava Flow. As a result, this drink has a special place in my heart (and stomach). The main ingredients are pureed strawberries, coconut cream, rum, and tropical-ness. All of these things blended together become a creamy and delicious boozy treat.

So pack your swim suit and sunglasses, we're heading to Hawaii!


Check out some more of my fun summer drink recipes:

Rainbow Shots
Watermelon Mojito Slushie
Watermelon Margaritas
Flavored Waters
Homemade Energy Drinks
Cucumber Mint Coolers in Edible Cucumber Cups

Step 1: Recipe + Supplies

Lava Flow cocktail recipe

*makes four 8oz cocktails / two 16oz*

2 cups frozen strawberries
4 oz light rum
4 oz coconut rum

1 ripe banana
6 oz unsweetened pineapple juice (refrigerated)
2 oz heavy syrup from canned pineapple
8 oz cream of coconut

pineapple, fresh strawberries, or watermelon to garnish

Supplies + Tools

2 jugs or carafes
measuring cup
measuring jigger
serving glasses
fun stir sticks, umbrellas, or cocktail swords

Step 2: Blend Batch 1

You're going to do two separate blending batches in order to create the white and red 'flow' effect in the glasses.

First up is the white mix. In the blender, add the banana, pineapple juice, pineapple syrup, and cream of coconut.
Blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into one of the two carafes and put in the fridge to keep cool until it's time to mix the drinks.

Step 3: Blend Batch 2

Rinse out the blender to remove most of the previous mix.

Now add the strawberries and both rums to the blender. Mix until smooth and creamy.

If you don't plan on serving the drinks right away, put this mix in the fridge with the other one.

NOTE: It's best not to wait more than 15-20 minutes to mix and serve the drinks so that the frozen strawberry mix is still a little frozen.

Step 4: Pour + Garnish

When you're ready to serve the drinks, pour 1 - 1 1/2" of strawberry rum mix in the bottom of the glasses (2" for tall skinny glasses) and top it up with the coconut banana mix. Be sure to leave enough room at the top to be able to add a garnish without having the drink overflow.

For a demo of the pouring process, watch the video at the top of the instructable!

Happy Hawaii everyone!



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    13 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    for a twist try using dark rums instead of light. my wife wont drink them any other way now.


    Where did you get your Collins glasses? They seem like a nice set. I've been on the lookout for ones that feel robust enough to put in the dishwasher. Mine have really thin sides with a thick base, but I can't confidently put them in the dishwasher.


    4 years ago on Step 4

    Love it! I'm going to try tweaking it for a non-alcoholic version as well for summer!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I've made this concoction before, but I kicked it up a notch by supplementing the banana with 2oz of banana liqueur and the pineapple juice with 2oz of pineapple-flavored vodka. I peeled and froze the banana ahead of time to counteract the extra liquid and help maintain a frozen consistency as the alcohol would cause things to melt rather rapidly had I not. Lava Flow is already a pretty decent drink....I just needed it to be a little more potent while pretending I was in paradise....instead of Indiana :P

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    Paige RussellPdj79

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I'm all for turning up the booze dial. These are some great suggestions. Thanks Pdj79!

    Pdj79Paige Russell

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I will say that if you are not a fan of vodka, or are concerned that the vodka would detract from the tropical nature of this drink, you could also use Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum. It is pretty tasty as well, and the rum is more conducive with the island flavors, but that is only 42 proof while the Pinnacle Pineapple Vodka I use is 70 proof. Yeah, I'm may have a problem.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Could you please tell me where you got the pineapple stir sticks. Thanks.


    4 years ago

    Being of Polynesian descent (my mom is from Tahiti) this cocktail is right up my alley! I'm glad I waited till reading all instructions before watching the video. What a fun treat!!!

    1 reply
    Paige Russellrhowse

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for taking the time to read it rhowse! My Canadian self is very happy to get Polynesian approval. :)


    This has very little to do with your actual instructable (which was awesome) but I couldn't help but notice the way you peel your bananas. You peel from the top down, which is how most of the population does it. But did you know that if you peel from the bottom there are NO strings?

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