HAWAII Magazine reader Nancy Slater emailed us requesting the recipe for a cocktail she enjoyed while on Oahu:
Would you have the recipe for a cocktail called a key lime colada? We had them at Ko Olina Resort this past summer and they are awesome.
You ask. We answer.
The drink you are referring to is available at the Marriott Ko Olina Resort’s Kolohe’s Beach Bar & Grill, which was kind enough to share the recipe with us. Although you won’t be drinking it in Hawaii, Nancy, we're hoping the recipe you asked for (and a new one from us, for other HawaiiMagazine.com readers) brings back memories of your time in the Islands.
Kolohe's key lime colada recipe is a variation on the old tropical favorite, the piña colada. In order to make this dessert-inspired cocktail Kolohe’s way, you will need a few basic ingredients and a blender.
1 oz. vanilla rum
1 to ¾ oz. Keke Beach Key Lime Cream liqueur
1 splash piña colada mix and pineapple juice
1 cup of ice
The key to the Ko Olina key lime colada is the use of vanilla rum and fresh pineapple juices. If you don’t have access to fresh pineapples, store bought pineapple juice will do in a pinch.
First blend the vanilla rum, piña colada mix, and pineapple juice in a blender with ice. Pour the mix into a glass and add the Keke Beach Key Lime liqueur so that it sinks slowly into the mixture. To complete, top it off with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.
Fresh cocktail fanatics that we are, HawaiiMagazine.com has an alternative version, which doesn’t require premixed ingredients. It does take muddling some fresh fruit (which we always love doing), but doesn’t require a blender.
Muddle together in the bottom glass of a Boston shaker:
1 chunk fresh pineapple
2 wedges fresh lime
1 tsp. sugar
Top the mixing glass with ice cubes, then add:
2 oz. pineapple juice, fresh if you can get it
1 oz. Coco Lopez coconut cream
1.5 oz. of your favorite rum
Shake thoroughly and pour entire contents into a tall hurricane or collins glass.
Our lime colada is a little lighter than Kolohe’s, but you can always top it with whipped cream if you like.