Lava Flow

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This week’s drink is a classic tropical cocktail that I first had in Hawaii many years ago. An island favorite for sitting in the sun, the lava flow is a combination of fresh strawberry purée, coconut, pineapple juice and rum (for flavor). You can make the strawberry purée ahead of time and use left overs on pancakes or ice cream.


  • 1 ½ oz light rum
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup strawberry purée*
  • ½ cup crushed ice


Combine all ingredients in an electric blender with the a cup ice. Blend 20–30 seconds. Pour strawberry purée into a hurricane or collins glass. Follow with the blended mixture. This creates the flow. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella (of course!)

*Strawberry purée
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
¼ cup sugar
Water, as needed

Mash strawberries and sugar together and heat in a sauce pan over medium heat. stir until blended and syrupy, add water if it is too stiff.