Junior Colada

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Cocktail History

The Junior Colada is a modern tiki cocktail that was created by David Perez, the owner of Lei Low in Houston, Texas. It was meant to be a lighter, lower proof version of the classic Piña Colada and is easy to make by using fruity pineapple rum and fresh pineapple juice, coconut liqueur, refreshing coconut soda, and sour citrus.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Pineapple Rum: This is the base spirit. We chose Plantation Stiggin’s Fancy Pineapple Rum because it has a rich rum taste with notes of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, and cloves. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum.

Coconut Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with coconut flakes, sugar, milk, and a neutral grain spirit. We went with Dorda Coconut Liqueur its sweet and bright flavor and silky texture. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Escape Liqueurs Non-Alcoholic Caribbean Coconut Liqueur in place of the other coconut liqueur.

Pineapple Juice: This adds more sweet and fruity pineapple flavor. We prefer fresh pineapple juice, but you can substitute canned juice if that’s easier than juicing an entire pineapple.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh lime juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Coconut Soda: This is a carbonated beverage flavored with coconut. We used Coco Rico Coconut Soda for its sweeter taste.

Pineapple Fronds: These are garnishes.

Tasting Notes

The Junior Colada features pineapple and coconut aromas but has an unexpectedly easy and uplifting taste that combines tart lime with pineapple and a hint of coconut, with a finish consisting of more easygoing coconut flavor.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We were both surprised at how great the Junior Colada was, citing its thin, airy texture and bold flavors that make it a far cry from its elder sibling, the classic Piña Colada. If you’re only going to squeeze one more tiki drink in before the end of the season, please make it this one!

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I liked this drink much more than I expected. While I’m not a huge fan of the traditional Piña Colada for a few reasons, I will admit that the taste profile of coconut and pineapple is a winner, and this drink takes that and runs with it. The fact that it’s topped with the flavored soda gives it a delightful softness, and since it only packs an ounce and a half of alcohol (the half ounce of which is a liqueur), it’s super low-ABV and daytime friendly.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“When we tasted the Junior Colada for the first time, I just kept saying ‘Mmmmmmm’ after each sip. I honestly liked this pared down version of the Piña Colada better than the classic itself. It’s much lighter and much more flavorful, in my opinion. The pineapple and coconut mix very well together as they do in so many other tiki drinks, but they offer a tanginess in this one that’s really pleasant and refreshing. I would absolutely sip this poolside as the sun beats down on the hottest days of summer.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Easy Tiki: A Modern Revival with 60 Recipes by Chloe Frechette.

AuthorEasy TikiPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Pineapple Rum
 ½ oz Coconut Liqueur
 1 oz Pineapple Juice
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 Coconut Soda
 2 Pineapple Fronds

Method
1

Add rum, coconut liqueur, pineapple juice, and lime juice to a tiki or highball glass.

2

Stir with a swizzle stick for 5-10 seconds.

3

Add crushed ice to glass.

4

Top with coconut soda.

5

Garnish with pineapple fronds.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Pineapple Rum
 ½ oz Coconut Liqueur
 1 oz Pineapple Juice
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 Coconut Soda
 2 Pineapple Fronds

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, coconut liqueur, pineapple juice, and lime juice to a tiki or highball glass.

2

Stir with a swizzle stick for 5-10 seconds.

3

Add crushed ice to glass.

4

Top with coconut soda.

5

Garnish with pineapple fronds.

Junior Colada

Make It a Mocktail: Use Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum and Escape Liqueurs Non-Alcoholic Caribbean Coconut Liqueur in place of the other coconut liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Tiki Cocktails

If you like this tiki cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Shingle Stain Cocktail Recipe

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Caribe Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

Caribe Daiquiri: A rum cocktail made with pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and a lime slice

Something Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Something Tequila: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, passion fruit syrup, a lime slice, a mint sprig, and edible flowers

Greena Colada Cocktail Recipe

Greena Colada: A rum cocktail made with triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice, Green Chartreuse, velvet falernum liqueur, crème of coconut, mint, and a lime wheel

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