While I was trying to make a pina colada pudding of some sort, I was doing some tasting as I went. (Hey, I had to make sure everything was good, right?) At one point, the creamy stuff in the blender began to taste so yummy that I kept tasting and knew I needed to stop! Finally, a light bulb went off and I poured a smidge into a small cup and started to play with that, too, in order to make a virgin pina colada. (I figured at least one recipe was bound to turn out well.) Just in case it was all in my imagination that my creation tasted amazing, I fixed a similar smidge for one of my willing taste-testers. When he gave it the thumbs-up, I was content.
Later that evening, my son-in-law was over who likes all things “fancy non-alcoholic drink” and I told him about it. He burst my bubble. He told me that pina coladas don’t have anything fizzy in them. Well…bummer!
It was late that night when I got my next light-bulb moment. Why not just change the name? Who cares what it is “supposed” to be ~ this was good and I wanted to share it! 😀 So, here you have it….although, if you don’t want the fizz, just leave it out. It is decadent and delicious without the sparkling water, too!
- juice from 1 small organic lemon
- 2 cans Thai organic coconut milk (I used the full-fat version), chilled
- 1-2 cans pineapple chunks*, undrained, preferably chilled
- 1/2 tsp. pure stevia
- 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Canada Dry sparkling seltzer water, raspberry flavor, chilled, optional
In a 56-oz blender, whiz the first 5 ingredients together until very smooth. Serve in glasses mixed with the sparkling seltzer water to taste. You should probably run a taste test to see what proportion you like best. Garnish with fresh pineapple wedges and little umbrellas, if desired. (Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of these pretties on hand.)
The cream in the blender makes about 7 cups if you use 1 can of pineapple.
*If you wish to use fresh or frozen pineapple, you probably will want to decrease or omit the lemon juice, because it will be tangy enough without it. In making a half recipe, I threw in 1 1/2 c. of fresh pineapple. It was very good this way.