Strawberry piña colada

by Kiran on February 11, 2013 · 39 comments

in Beverages, Cocktail, Valentines

Happy Monday!!

A great week begins with a delicious cocktail.

I know.. I know, it’s not even summer and I’m already busting out my cocktail recipes. But I have a perfect excuse for this. I had to create one for Valentines Day.

Heck. It was the excuse to have a glass (or two!) in this chilly Orlando weather.


This tastes amazing! Why?

Because it has coconut in it. I could blindly endorse any recipe that calls for coconut. For real.

The key to this deliciousness is to use pure coconut milk. From the source itself or a can. Do not use the creamers for your coffee. It’ll not work.


Since Valentine’s Day is at the horizon, let’s talk about relationships. How I met the love of my life, etc. You know… the deets.

Some of you might not know, but we actually eloped! You can read about all the shenanigans here. Nothing fancy, just how I met the Husband and what it took to be together.

Forever. Oh yeah. You are stuck with me, Mr.

Sounds like a sappy love story, huh? Read about it and let me know 🙂


In short, we survived through a long-and-strenuous-distance relationship. It wasn’t easy, but we made it. There will always be challenges in our lives, but at least we’ll face it together.

I love you sweetie, and cheers to a wonderful and loving union we share together 🙂


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Makes 3 servings. Don’t ask me why 😉


  • 20 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or sugar*
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut rum
  • 2 cups of ice


  1. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium. Add sliced fresh strawberries, agave/sugar and water. Stir and boil for 3 minutes or until syrup slightly thickens.
  2. Blend until smooth to create strawberry puree. Strain through fine mesh and keep aside.
  3. In a blender, add pineapple juice, light coconut milk, coconut rum, strawberry puree and ice. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve in fancy glasses, garnish with strawberries and a sprinkle of red sugar crystals!
*depending on the sweetness of strawberries, adjust sugar accordingly. Mine was a little too tart.



This quote pretty much sums up — me!

I’m into all that sappy stuff – a surprise picnic, nice dinner, or traveling. I’m kind of an old romantic — Will Estes

Now that we’ve shared our love story, tell me yours? Every relationship is unique and has its own story to tell 🙂


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1 Markeisha February 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

This looks wonderful!! I will definitely try this Thursday. I hope you are well!


2 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Markeisha — Hi my love! It’s been a while and I hope you are doing well. Did you get to try this recipe? Let me know how it tastes and please keep in touch. If you ever drop by in Orlando, do let me know 🙂


3 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc February 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

so pretty! just pinned it
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4 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Alison — thanks love! xoxo


5 Rosa February 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Exquisite! This version is wonderful.




6 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 4:52 AM

Rosa — thank you so much, dear friend 🙂


7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Beautiful cocktail Kiran! Off to read your story …
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8 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Alyssa — thanks dear 🙂


9 Sarah February 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

MMMMM. These look perfect.


10 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Sarah — thank you!


11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

So beautiful, perfect for Valentine’s Day!
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12 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Laura — thanks love 🙂


13 Nisrine February 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I love the sound of this and the presentation in the coconut is absolutely lovely.


14 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Nisrine — thanks a lot, dear friend 🙂


15 Kristen February 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I am totally gushing over your photos. Love these!
I had a strawberry daiquiri / pina colada cocktail on my honeymoon many eons ago. This reminds me of that. Soooo good!
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16 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Kristen — thank you so much, dear friend 🙂


17 Nash at Plateful February 12, 2013 at 4:14 AM

Loving all your photos! And your love story! So, so romantic!!
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18 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Nash — thanks my dear. Truly appreciate it 🙂


19 February 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Those look so delicious and so romantic. Your photography is amazing.


20 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Befreebies — thank you!


21 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Loved your insights into interfaith marriage posts and you guys are just soo sweet 🙂 on a different note, I could totally take all three of these pina colada now- i love anything with coconuts too!
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22 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Dixya — thanks dear. It’s never an easy or comfortable topic to discuss, but sharing is also a part of a learning process. Wish you were closer to share this pina colada’s 🙂


23 Kankana February 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

taking a drink shot is tough for me. You did a fantastic work at it and I too love coconut milk.
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24 Kiran February 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Kankana — thank you and you did great in your recent drink shots my dear 🙂


25 Carolyn Chan February 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Happy Valentines day to you both ! Your story is wonderful ! My husband and I come from different cultural backgrounds – I am Malaysian too (hence why I love your food so much !) but grew up in Sydney (so I am continuing to learn things about my own heritage) and he is English. It makes for many discoveries that I think make us both richer for the experience.

I looooove pina coladas and this strawberry version looks delish !
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26 Kiran February 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Carolyn — thanks dear, and hope you had a very Happy Valentine’s Day too! There’s a lot to learn in a culturally diverse marriage. And wish you both all the best for wonderful discoveries, together 🙂

I wish 4 of us could toast to life with pina coladas, just about now!


27 Nik@ABrownTable February 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

The pina colada sounds perfect in Florida. Hopefully spring will be here soon too so I can use some fresh strawberries from the farms around the city.
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28 Kiran February 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Nik — Cheers in advance!


29 Lail | With A Spin February 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Looks delicious.
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30 Kiran February 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Lail — thank you!!


31 Mallika February 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Your Strawberry Pina Colada looks beautiful and stunning for sure!
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32 Kiran February 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Mallika — thanks a lot dear 🙂


33 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Hi, Kiran! Happy Valentine’s! Hope you have a romantic night ;0 hehe! Strwberry pina colada? SOLD! I need a vacation! This drink reminds me of lying around on a beach in a tropical island…like where I grew up in the Philippines. Unfortunately, winter is dragging on here in Toronto and I can only dream about a beach and a drink in my hand 🙂
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34 Kiran February 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Hi Jen — Come over to Florida for some sunshine. Though it has been grayish & chilly weather here too!

Hope you had a great V-day!


35 amy @ fearless homemaker February 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

This might be one of the prettiest, most delicious-sounding cocktails I’ve ever seen. Gorgeous!
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36 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Amy — thank you so much, dear friend 🙂


37 Jace Shoemaker-Galloway November 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

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