Apple Colada Recipe - A Refreshing Twist on a Classic Cocktail

Apple Colada

Apple Colada Recipe - A Refreshing Twist on a Classic Cocktail
Preparation time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1


Apple Colada
Apple Colada

The Apple Colada is a delightful twist on the classic Pina Colada, incorporating the crisp, sweet flavors of apple into this creamy, tropical cocktail. Perfect for summer gatherings, cozy autumn evenings, or any time you crave a refreshing and indulgent drink, this recipe is sure to please with its unique blend of flavors.


The original Pina Colada has roots tracing back to Puerto Rico in the 1950s, but the Apple Colada is a more recent innovation. It emerged as part of the broader trend of experimenting with traditional cocktail recipes by incorporating different fruits and flavors. The Apple Colada reflects a creative culinary approach to blending familiar and new tastes, making it a favorite among adventurous cocktail enthusiasts.


How to prepare

  1. In an electric blender, combine schnapps, cream of coconut, half-and-half, and 2 cups of crushed ice. Blend on high speed until well mixed.
  2. Pour the mixture into a collins glass.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice and a cherry.
  4. Serve with a straw.


  • For a non-alcoholic version, substitute apple juice for the apple schnapps and a dairy-free milk alternative for the half-and-half. You can also experiment with different types of apples for the garnish to slightly alter the flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

For the best Apple Colada, use a high-quality apple schnapps for a more authentic and richer apple flavor. Chilling your glass beforehand can also enhance the drinking experience, keeping your cocktail cool and refreshing. If you prefer a smoother texture, blend the mixture for a few extra seconds.

Serving Suggestions

The Apple Colada is best served chilled in a collins glass, garnished with a fresh apple slice and a cherry. It's an excellent choice for dessert or as a festive drink at gatherings.

Cooking Techniques

Blending is the key technique used in this recipe, ensuring that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the ice is crushed to a smooth consistency. A high-powered blender is recommended for the best results.

Ingredient Substitutions

If apple schnapps is not available, apple-flavored vodka can be a suitable substitute. Coconut milk can replace cream of coconut for a lighter version, and almond milk or oat milk can be used in place of half-and-half for those avoiding dairy.

Make Ahead Tips

While the Apple Colada is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the apple schnapps, cream of coconut, and half-and-half mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Simply blend with ice when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Apple Colada in a frosted glass for an extra touch of elegance. A cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of nutmeg can also add a visually appealing and flavorful garnish.

Pairing Recommendations

The Apple Colada pairs wonderfully with light desserts such as fruit tarts or vanilla ice cream. It also complements spicy appetizers, balancing the heat with its creamy sweetness.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

The Apple Colada should be consumed immediately after preparation and does not store well due to its ice content. It is not suitable for reheating.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A single serving of Apple Colada contains approximately 180 calories. The calories mainly come from the alcohol and the creamy components of the drink.


A single serving of Apple Colada contains approximately 22 grams of carbohydrates. The majority of these carbs come from the apple schnapps and cream of coconut, contributing to the drink's sweet taste.


This cocktail contains about 5 grams of fat per serving, primarily from the cream of coconut and half-and-half. These ingredients give the Apple Colada its creamy texture and rich flavor.


The Apple Colada is not a significant source of protein, containing less than 1 gram per serving. This is typical for cocktails, which are generally enjoyed for their flavor rather than nutritional value.

Vitamins and minerals

While not a significant source of vitamins and minerals, the Apple Colada does provide small amounts of vitamin C from the apple slice garnish, as well as trace minerals from the other ingredients.


The main allergens to be aware of in this recipe are dairy products, specifically the cream of coconut and half-and-half. Individuals with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies should exercise caution.


Overall, the Apple Colada is a moderately caloric cocktail with its main nutritional contributions coming from carbohydrates and fats. It's best enjoyed as an occasional treat rather than a regular part of one's diet.


The Apple Colada is a delightful and innovative cocktail that combines the creamy sweetness of a classic colada with the crisp, refreshing taste of apple. With its simple preparation and versatile flavor profile, it's a fantastic choice for a wide range of occasions and can be easily adapted to suit different dietary needs and preferences.

How did I get this recipe?

I distinctly remember the first time I saw this recipe for Apple Colada. It was a warm summer day, and I had just finished picking a basket full of ripe apples from the orchard. As I was flipping through an old cookbook that belonged to my grandmother, I came across a page that caught my eye. The recipe was titled "Apple Colada" and it immediately piqued my interest.

The ingredients were simple - apples, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and a splash of rum. I had never heard of such a combination before, but something about it intrigued me. I decided to give it a try and see what all the fuss was about.

I gathered the ingredients and set to work in the kitchen. I peeled and chopped the apples, blending them with the coconut milk and pineapple juice until smooth. The aroma that filled the air was intoxicating, a sweet and tropical scent that made my mouth water.

I poured the mixture into a glass and added a splash of rum, giving it a stir before taking a tentative sip. The taste was incredible - a perfect balance of sweet and tangy, with a hint of coconut that lingered on my tongue. I knew right then and there that this recipe was something special.

Over the years, I have made the Apple Colada countless times, each batch better than the last. I have served it at family gatherings, parties, and even as a special treat for myself on lazy afternoons. It has become a signature dish of mine, one that always brings smiles and requests for the recipe.

As I reflect on the origins of this recipe, I realize that it is a reflection of my love for cooking and my willingness to try new things. I have always been open to experimenting in the kitchen, combining flavors and ingredients in unexpected ways. It is through this spirit of creativity that I have discovered some of my favorite dishes, including the Apple Colada.

I often think back to that summer day when I first stumbled upon the recipe in my grandmother's cookbook. It was a turning point for me, a moment of inspiration that sparked a passion for culinary exploration. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned along the way, from my grandmother and from the various people and places that have shaped my cooking style.

I have come to realize that recipes are more than just a list of ingredients and instructions - they are a connection to the past, a way of preserving memories and traditions. Each recipe tells a story, whether it be of a special occasion, a family gathering, or a moment of personal discovery.

And so, as I continue to hone my skills in the kitchen and share my creations with others, I am reminded of the joy that cooking brings me. The Apple Colada will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of where I began and how far I have come on my culinary journey. And who knows what other delicious recipes I may discover along the way.


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