This mango colada combines the classic mix of fresh pineapple and sweet coconut with tropical mango to create a frozen drink that’s both cooling and refreshing.
This post contains affiliate links. Read the disclosure policy.
Table of Contents
About Mango Colada
A refreshing drink made for summer weather, this mango pineapple colada (mango pina colada) is the perfect blend of sweet and creamy texture and mango, pineapple, and coconut flavor.
What’s in a mango colada?
To whip up this mango-infused pina colada, you’ll need the following:
- Frozen pineapple and pineapple juice – Not only does this bring 50% of the trademark colada flavor, but using frozen fruit means your drink will have all the texture and thickness of a frozen drink without the downsides of using ice. In other words, the blended drinks will never become watered down due to melting ice. You can either use storebought frozen pineapple or cut and freeze your own fresh pineapple.
- Frozen mango – Gives these drinks their namesake flavor. And like the pineapple, using frozen mango will help give this drink a frosty texture. Use storebought frozen mango or cut and freeze your own fresh mango.
- Cream of coconut – The other 50% of the classic colada flavor, the sweetened coconut helps tone down the sharp notes of the pineapple. If you can’t find cream of coconut, you can substitute it for an equal portion of coconut milk and some sweetener (such as sugar, agave, etc).
- White rum – Because every colada needs some spirits.
- Coconut milk – Optional ingredient but can help with consistency or flavor.
What type of garnishes can you add?
While this drink is pretty on its own, you can still dress it up with pretty, flavorful garnishes, such as:
- Fresh mango, either in slices or cubes skewered on a pick.
- Fresh pineapple, either in cut into triangles or cubes skewered on a pick.
- Pineapple leaves from the fruit – but just used for direction. The leaves are technically edible, but probably won’t be enjoyable to have with this drink.
- Mint leaves.
- Fresh coconut, cut into cubes and skewered on a pick.
What type of rum should you use?
I’m always hesitant to give brand recommendations on alcohol, but in this case, there are a few “go-to” rums you can seek out for a traditional daiquiri, such as:
- Bacardi – Sold almost anywhere and has a reasonable price point for the bottle size.
- Flor de Caña – Similar in price to Bacardi, but might be a tad harder to find.
- Cana Brava – A little more expensive than the previous two, but tends to show up on bartender-favorite lists.
Notes & tips for a mango pina colada
- This recipe uses frozen fruit instead of ice so the drink doesn’t get watered down. If you need the drink to be thicker, add more frozen fruit.
- If you’d like a less boozy colada, you can reduce the amount of alcohol by half.
- If you’d like a virgin mango colada, replace the rum with pineapple juice or coconut milk (or a combination of the two).
- You’ll also need a trusty food processor for this recipe.
Other delicious drinks
How to make a mango colada
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a food processor, add the following ingredients: frozen pineapple, frozen mango, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and white rum.
Step 2 – Blend it all together until the pineapple and mango have broken down and the consistency is smooth. If needed, use coconut milk, pineapple juice, or more frozen fruit to adjust the consistency or taste or your liking.
Step 3 – Serve and enjoy!
- In a food processor, add frozen pineapple, frozen mango, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and white rum. Blend ingredients until smooth and there are no more pineapple or mango chunks, about 3-5 minutes.1 1/4 cups frozen pineapple, 1 cup frozen mango, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1/3 cup cream of coconut, 1/4 cup white rum
- Test consistency and taste of drink. Pineapple juice or coconut milk can be used to make the consistency thinner or adjust the flavor. If you'd like a thicker drink, add more frozen pineapple or mango.3 tablespoons coconut milk
- Serve immediately with mango slices as garnish (optional).mango slices
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.