Calypso Colada Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Calypso Colada is a tropical twist on the classic Pina Colada. It's a refreshing blend of pineapple, coconut, and a hint of lime, topped with a splash of blue curacao for that signature Caribbean blue color. This cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity, tropical drinks and want to feel like they're on a beach vacation. It's a popular choice at beach bars and tropical resorts.

How Calypso Colada Tastes?

The Calypso Colada is a sweet, creamy, and fruity cocktail. The pineapple juice adds a tangy sweetness, the coconut cream gives it a rich creaminess, and the blue curacao adds a hint of citrus. It's a refreshing, tropical taste that's perfect for a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Calypso Colada

  • The Calypso Colada is named after the sea nymph Calypso from Greek mythology, who lived on a tropical island.
  • The blue color of the cocktail represents the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
  • Despite its tropical flavors, the Calypso Colada is enjoyed all over the world, not just in tropical locations.


Pineapple Juice

Adding a tropical zing, this juice is the soul of the drink. With 4 oz, it's balanced—just enough for sweetness and tanginess without overpowering. Less juice, and the drink becomes shy on the fruitiness; too much, and it's more breakfast than cocktail hour! Skip it, and you'll lose the sunshine in this tropical delight. Sub it with mango juice and you’ll get a more exotic twist, though the classic pineapple charm will be missed.

Mary Mitkina

Coconut Cream

It's the smooth operator that makes everything silky and gives that lush mouthfeel. 2 oz is perfect for creaminess without turning the drink into coconut soup. Use less, and the drink’s like an empty hammock—sad and incomplete. Ditch it entirely, and it’s no colada but a cry for help. Swap it for coconut milk, and you’ll lighten the drink, but also say goodbye to the richness.

Alex Green

Blue Curacao

This 1 oz of blue paradise is not just adding a whimsical color, but also a subtle orangey twist to the taste. Without it, your colada would be colorless and dull, like a beach with no sun. Swap with orange liqueur for flavor, but you'll lose the ocean blue that makes it so Insta-worthy!

Emma Rose


Ah, the spirit of the party! 2 oz to get you swaying like palm trees in a breeze. Too little and the drink whispers when it should sing; too much and it's yelling over the music. No rum, no fun—turns out you just made a smoothie, my friend. Sub with coconut rum for an extra tropical hit, but be ready for less punch.

Mary Mitkina


1 cup for the chill factor—it's what makes it a cool breeze in your hand. Skimp on ice and the drink might as well be sunbathing—it'll be warm and uninviting. No ice means a sad, room-temperature affair no one wants to attend.

Alex Green

Pineapple Slice and Maraschino Cherry

The pineapple slice is the sunny smile on this beachy drink, and the cherry is the cherry on top—literally. They're not just for looks; they add a nibble of fruity fun. No garnish, and your drink is naked, missing the final tropical touch.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Calypso Colada Drink

  1. Fill a blender with ice.
  2. Add the pineapple juice, coconut cream, rum, and blue curacao.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into a tall glass.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • For a creamier cocktail, use coconut milk instead of coconut cream.
  • For a stronger cocktail, add an extra shot of rum.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum and blue curacao.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness of the pineapple and coconut in the Calypso Colada will complement the slight char and salinity of grilled shrimp.
  • Chicken Satay: The creamy coconut cream pairs well with the savory peanut sauce and grilled chicken.
  • Fruit Salad: A refreshing option that accentuates the tropical flavors of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken: The spiciness of the chicken balances with the sweet and creamy cocktail.
  • Fish Tacos: The light, zesty flavors of a fish taco are a perfect contrast to the richness of the colada.


  • Coconut Cake: Enhancing the coconut presence in your cocktail for a truly immersive tropical experience.
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake: A dessert that mirrors the primary flavors of your drink.
  • Key Lime Pie: The tanginess of the pie will offset the sweetness of the cocktail nicely.

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What you could change in Calypso Colada

  • You can substitute the rum with vodka for a different flavor.
  • If you don't have blue curacao, you can use a splash of blue food coloring instead.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Blue Colada

Ingredients: Replace blue curacao with black raspberry liqueur. Recipe: Proceed as with the original, but use the berry liqueur for a deep purple hue and a berry twist in flavor. Taste Change: Expect a richer berry note that complements the coconut and pineapple, while losing the citrus edge of the curacao. Why Make It: If you’re more into berries than citrus and fancy a drink that’s dressed in a suit of royal purple.

Spiced Colada

Ingredients: Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg to the blend. Recipe: Same as before but sprinkle in the spice. This brings warmth to the cocktail. Taste Change: It transforms the tropical freshness with a hint of spice, making it feel like a holiday in a glass. Why Make It: Perfect for those who want a tropical drink with an autumnal or wintery twist.

Coffee Calypso

Ingredients: Add 1 oz of coffee liqueur. Recipe: Add the coffee liqueur to the other ingredients in the blender. It gives a caffeine kick to your beachy vibe. Taste Change: You’ll find a comforting coffee background that surprisingly gets along with the pineapple and coconut. Why Make It: For those who can’t decide between a cocktail or coffee after dinner—why not both?

In case you forgot basics how to make Calypso Colada

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Calypso Colada

What type of rum is commonly used for Calypso Colada?

A light rum or a gold rum is usually used. However, the choice of rum can vary depending on one's personal preference.

Can Calypso Colada be made as a frozen drink?

Yes, by increasing the amount of ice and blending until you achieve your preferred consistency, you can enjoy this cocktail as a frozen drink.

Can other types of fruit be used for garnishing?

Definitely, besides pineapple and maraschino cherry, you can experiment with fruits like coconut flakes, orange slices or even blueberries to add more color.

How should I store leftover Calypso Colada?

You can refrigerate leftover Calypso Colada for about 1 to 2 days. Just make sure it's stored in a tightly closed bottle.

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