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Lava Flow

A Lava Flow Cocktail is a vibrant drink that is perfect for sipping on the beach on your next tropical vacation. This frozen masterpiece is a delightful blend of rum, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut cream. It’s not just a drink; it’s an experience that transports you to a sun-soaked paradise.

glass of lava flow cocktail with rum, strawberry, coconut cream and pineapple juice.

As you lift the glass, you’re greeted by a burst of colors, as the red portion of the drink swirls with the creamy white of the other half. For this cocktail, you’ll really be blending two separate frozen drinks and combining the two, but trust us – it’s worth the effort. Whether you’re hosting a tropical-themed gathering or simply seeking a moment of indulgence, this cocktail is a must-try. 


The Lava Flow cocktail is a popular Hawaiian drink that is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. It is a fruity, sweet, and refreshing drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot day. The origins of the Lava Flow cocktail can be traced back to the 1980s in Hawaii. 

The Lava Flow cocktail is often compared to the Mai Tai, which is another popular Hawaiian drink. However, the two drinks are quite different. The Mai Tai is a rum-based cocktail that is made with lime juice, orange curaçao, and orgeat syrup. The Lava Flow cocktail, on the other hand, is made with rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and strawberries. The drink gets its name from the way the coconut cream “flows” into the strawberry base, creating a lava-like effect.

How to Make It

glass of lava flow cocktail with rum, strawberry, coconut cream and pineapple juice.

Lava Flow

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Creating a Lava Flow cocktail is easy and requires only a few ingredients.

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Here's how to make it:


  • 1 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Cream of Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 small Banana
  • Crushed Ice
  • Pineapple Wedge and Strawberry for garnish


  1. In a blender, combine the light rum, coconut rum, and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the blended mixture into a hurricane glass.
  3. Rinse the blender and then add the pineapple juice, cream of coconut, banana, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the pineapple mixture over the strawberry mixture into the hurricane glass.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and strawberry on a cocktail toothpick.

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There are many different ways to customize the Lava Flow cocktail to suit your tastes. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Miami Vice

This variation is a combination of the Lava Flow and the classic Daiquiri. To make a Miami Vice, simply layer the Lava Flow on top of a classic Daiquiri in the same glass. The result is a beautiful two-tone drink that tastes amazing.

Mango Lava Flow

For a tropical twist, try using mango instead of strawberries. Simply blend fresh or frozen mango with the other ingredients to create a delicious Mango Lava Flow.

Coconut Water Lava Flow

For a lighter and more refreshing version of the Lava Flow, try using coconut water instead of coconut cream. This will give the drink a more subtle coconut flavor and a thinner consistency.

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Pineapple Lime Lava Flow

For a tangy twist, try adding a splash of lime juice to your Lava Flow. This will give the drink a bright, citrusy flavor that pairs perfectly with the pineapple and coconut.

White Lava Flow

For a less sweet version of the Lava Flow, try using white rum instead of coconut rum. This will give the drink a cleaner, more refreshing taste that is perfect for hot summer days.

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