Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt Cocktail

I do like Piña Coladas and I’m OK with getting caught in the rain, but I much prefer this Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt Cocktail on my covered back porch with friends!

Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt Cocktail Served in an Ice Cream Dish

I’m going to have to get serious about the advent of fall soon but it’s August and I’m still in summer mode and nothing says summer cocktail to me quite like the Piña Colada. Put on your most colorful shirt,  close your eyes for a moment and let’s pretend we’re immersed in the island life. Can’t you just smell the sea, feel a warm tropical breeze waft over you and hear Jimmy Buffet singing ”If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain’ and want to hang onto summer a bit longer with me? Labor Day is almost here and my last bash will most definitely be an ‘island moment.’

The Piña Colada was created on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a signature drink to serve it’s star studded guest list. It is a sweet libationl made with rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice and most often  garnished with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry (as much as I loved my homemade maraschino cherries, for some reason this particular dessert just screamed for that bright red orb!).

All of those ingredients seemed perfect for a Labor Day barbecue dessert. It’s been hot all summer and it seems this week will be no exception so I wanted to keep it light and this dessert in the form of frozen yogurt with pineapple and coconut seemed perfect.

I’ve been working with the folks at Bacardi this summer, specifically sampling the new Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light products. My guests and I loved the Bacardi Light Mojito I served at a barbecue a couple of weeks ago so I thought it only fitting to plan this end of the summer getaway with a bash that included the Bacardi Light Piña Colada. Like its’ Mojito cousin, it also includes natural flavors, real juice and pure cane sugar. The big difference? SO easy to prepare and far less calories…really…what’s NOT to love?

Of course I could be super repetitive and serve my guests both the regular and high test versions of this cocktail but if you haven’t noticed Ive gone ice cream CRAZY so something else was on my mind this time around. I should have opened that new ice cream maker months ago because now I’m trying to cram in as many treats as I possibly can…any chance you’ve noticed?

Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt Cocktail garnished with cherries and pineapple

Our menu for Labor Day is going to be kept simple; I’ll serve the Bacardi Piña Coladas with dinner which will include this crostini with tomato for appetizers, some grilled shrimp, my favorite rice with cilantro and frozen yogurt for dessert. I love that it looks oh so decadent but it’s made with yogurt and coconut milk…much lighter than cream, more cream and then half and half to lighten the cream (Oh yes I did!). I guess you could say I made my ice cream a Piña Colada Bacardi Light version too! Wanna come over?

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Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt with Pineapple and Coconut

A lovely and light summer cocktail that's in the form of a yogurt sundae.
Prep Time15 mins
Additional Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 1 .5 quarts
Author: Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • 3 cups regular Greek yogurt
  • 1 can 1 & 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 4-5 Tbsps rum I used Bacardi Dark but Light works great too
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or if canned, drained
  • 2 Tbsp of drained pineapple juice
  • Toasted Coconut for garnish
  • Maraschino Cherries

Instructions

  • Combine everything but the toasted coconut and maraschino cherries in your food processor or blender and blend until smooth but still just a bit chunky.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Process in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Remove from ice cream maker into freezer safe contain and put into the freezer for at least 4 hours.
  • Scoop into cones or ice cream dishes; top with toasted coconut and a cherry.

Notes

Best prepared the day before planning to serve to allow for cooling of the ingredients and freezing after processing in an ice cream machine.

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams

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13 Comments

    1. I still have some of this in the freezer and had some more last night…I love it. While not fat free yogurt, it is sure delicious and not filled with near the calories of ice cream. I am LOVING making my own ice cream!

  1. Why in the world do we not live next door to each other! I’d be over at your house in a skinny minute for a dish of this frozen yogurt. Yum-mmeeee. And, btw, thanks a lot. Now I’ve got the Pina Colada song stuck in my head.

  2. This recipe sends me to heaven – absolutely – no passing GO. I love piña coladas so much in the summer time. I could take coco lopez piña coladas through an IV drip I think. 🙂

    Your frozen yogurt is my new best friend.

  3. That will be one party that for those invited and don’t attend will definitely be sorry that they didn’t. Great menu and a fabulous pina colada frozen yogurt. Enjoy the day Barb!

    1. OK that a couple had to cancel because their son was under the weather. Cause I’m eating a bowl of this ice cream right now. 🙂

  4. Looks beautiful and I am sure it tastes as wonderful as it sounds! I never knew the back story to the pina colada– thanks for the history lesson. It gives the drink all the more of a beach getaway kind of feeling.

  5. I nominate the bartender who blended the first pina colada for a Noble Prize for mixology. What, They don’t have that??? Well, they should. And while I’m at it, maybe you should get one for this recipe. It sounds fantastic.

    1. It is so good and today; just cause? Mine bowl next to my laptop this very moment has some caramel sauce too. It’s a holiday! 🙂

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