Looking for a simple mocktail recipe to make at home? Maybe an easy mocktail recipe for summer or one that at least makes you feel like it's summer?! Then look no further than this virgin piña colada recipe featuring Recess CBD Seltzer! This delicious virgin pina colada with fresh pineapple and coconut milk will transport you to a tropical paradise with each sip and chill you out thanks to the addition of Recess CBD seltzer.
The piña colada is a drink traditionally made using rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice, which I am willing to bet you may already know. This easy virgin pina colada recipe is made without the booze or heavy cream making it vegan friendly and perfect for those of use abstaining from alcohol use. What I bet you don't already know are the origins of the piña colada! I did some research and it turns out, the piña colada originated in Puerto Rico in the 1950s. It is said the pina colada's original birthplace is at the Caribe Hilton's Beachcomber Bar in 1954 although there seems to be some difference of opinion as to exactly where and who came up with the drink first! The piña colada became the official national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978 and became the star of a very well known song "Escape" by Rupert Holmes the following year. How are those for some fun facts?!
When making this easy mocktail recipe, I highly suggest using full fat canned coconut milk or coconut cream for this recipe for virgin pina colada with coconut milk rather than the boxed kind. It will result in a creamier more authentic virgin pina colada and pairs best with the fresh pineapple juice.
So, what exactly IS Recess CBD Seltzer you ask? Recess Seltzers combine hemp extract and adaptogens like lemon balm, American ginseng, and L-theanine to help promote focus and calm by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system. These adaptogens were specifically selected for their known ability to help manage stress and promote feelings of calm when we need them most. I for one benefit from my daily dose of Recess CBD Seltzer most in the afternoon when my crazy day is starting to lead to my inability to focus, you know, the 3pm slump we all inevitably hit?! But, I also enjoy adding CBD seltzer to a delicious mocktail recipe at the end of the day when I really want to relax and unwind sans booze.
What ingredients you need to make virgin pina coladas:
Full Fat Coconut Cream: It is best to use full fat coconut cream from a can for this virgin pina colada recipe because it will result in a super creamy and coconutty drink. You will need 1 5oz can of coconut cream for this recipe. You can also use the top layer of coconut cream from a can of full fat coconut milk, just be sure not to shake the can first so you can scrape that top layer of cream off easily.
Fresh Pineapple or Pineapple Juice: You can use pineapple juice or make your own using fresh pineapple. Ultimately you will need 12oz of pineapple juice; two 6oz cans of pineapple juice works in a pinch or make your own pineapple juice using a juicer and fresh pineapple chunks. You can also use the juice from canned pineapple chunks as well if you do not want to go through the trouble of juicing fresh pineapple for this virgin piña colada. The choice is yours!
Lime Juice: I used 1 tbsp of fresh squeezed lime juice to make this homemade virgin piña colada recipe but you can also use lime juice concentrate or your favorite bottled lime juice if you do not have fresh limes on hand.
Ground Nutmeg: Adding a bit of ground nutmeg to this virgin pina colada cocktail recipe really kicks it up a few notches but adding subtle warmth to this cool, refreshing tropical drink.
Recess CBD Seltzer: I used Coconut Lime CBD seltzer by Recess to top off these delicious easy virgin pina coladas. Recess CBD Seltzer is the perfect addition to your mocktail because the presence of CBD makes this virgin pina colada a drink that relaxes without the need for booze! All the chill with no hangover is a drink I know we could all get used to! You can shop for Recess CBD Seltzers here and use the code PDL15 to get 15% off your first order! If you purchase a sampler pack you can also check out my recipe Cranberry Pomegranate Mocktails and Blood Orange Spritz for more ideas on how to enjoy CBD seltzer in mocktails!
12 oz Pineapple Juice
5 oz Coconut Cream
1/8th tsp Ground Nutmeg
4 oz Recess Coconut Lime Seltzer (1/2 cup)
1 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
2 cups ice
Add 2 cups of ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream, ground nutmeg and lime juice to a blender.
Blend until smooth, ensuring ice is fully crushed and a slushy consistency.
Pour into stemless wine glasses or rocks glass and top each pina colada with 2 oz of Recess CBD Seltzer. Garnish with fresh pineapple and additional sprinkle of ground nutmeg if desired.