Lava Flow Drink Mocktail

This Lava Flow Drink is a creamy, fruity, and refreshing drink that the whole family can enjoy. It is the perfect summertime drink with ingredients like coconut, pineapple, and strawberries.

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Lava Flow Drink

During summer, the kids love to sample the fun summer drinks I make. Anything with a fun umbrella and a cherry on top is always a hit for kids and adults, like this delicious and easy-to-make five-ingredient mango smoothie. Of course, it’s not just tropical drinks that are fun for everyone. We love this Sonic copy-cat cherry limeade and Ocean ice cream float.

Why I Love This Fun Summer Drink

  • Flavor: This might be the tastiest summer drink that I’ve made at home so far. The combination of cream and crushed frozen strawberries makes the tastiest creamy strawberry drink. It takes me right back to Mexico and the delicious tropical drinks all around.
  • Easy: Of course easy-to-make drinks are always high up on my list of favorites. Nobody has time for complicated drinks.


ingredients for lava flow
  • Half and Half Cream – The top half of this drink is sweet and creamy, much like a pina colada. The half and half cream adds to the creamy texture and gives a sweet flavor to this drink.
  • Cream of Coconut – Oh my goodness, I could eat a bowl of this sweet and creamy coconut blend. It lends a tropical and sweet flavor to this delicious summer drink.
  • Pineapple Juice – A tropical and tart flavor to balance out the sweet creams
  • Frozen Strawberries – The blending of strawberries and cream creates a flavor that you are going to love
  • Water – Adding water helps turn the frozen strawberries into a slush for the bottom of this fun summer drink.

Equipment Needed


How to Make this Lava Flow Drink

First off, blend the frozen strawberries along with some water to get a slush-type texture.

frozen strawberries in blender

Pour the strawberry slush into a hurricane glass.

making a lava flow drink - strawberry slush

Rinse the blender out, and then add half and half, coconut, and pineapple juice.

adding cream to blender

Pour this mixture over the strawberry slush

making lava flow drink

Gently stir to combine the two parts of the drink, and enjoy

lava flow drink

Expert Tips

It is fine if the frozen strawberries do not grind up super fine. Small bits of frozen strawberry look great in this drink.


Add frozen bananas to the frozen strawberries to add even more sweet flavor.

Make the drink dairy-free by substituting coconut milk for the half-and-half.

What to Serve With

Just about any salty dish would pair well with a sweet mocktail like this lava flow. Some suggestions are:

How do I Make the Lava Effect in a Lava Flow Mocktail?

When pouring the cream over the strawberries, make sure you pour it quickly into the slush so the strawberry slush mixes in, making the strawberries splash up into the cream mixture. There will be a blending of ingredients, but it will still have a defining line of white and red. Do not stir the drink completely or you will end up with a pink drink.

Can I adjust the sweetness or tartness of a lava flow drink?

Yes. Adding ingredients like honey or bananas will lend a more sweet flavor to this drink. Adding flavors like frozen pineapple or mango to the frozen strawberries will make the drink more tart.


This drink should be served immediately so they don’t melt

If you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator

Making Ahead

If you want to make this drink beforehand, store the frozen slush in the freezer and the cream mixture in the fridge. Pull the frozen strawberry slush out of the freezer before you are ready to serve drinks, and let it warm up so it is not a solid frozen brick of strawberry slush.

Once the strawberry slush has warmed up a little bit and can be stirred, you are ready to create your lava flow.

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Serving Size

This recipe will make one 16 oz. lava flow drink

To make more, you can double the recipe

To serve a crowd of roughly seven people, you can crush an entire one-pound bag of frozen strawberries with 3/4 cup of water to make a slush. Pour that into a large pitcher and store it in a bucket of ice. Rinse the blender and make an entire blender of the cream mixture by mixing about 7 oz. Of cream, 14 oz. of coconut cream, and 14 oz. of pineapple juice. Pour into a pitcher and keep on ice. When ready, you or your guests can make lava flows by pouring the strawberry mixture one-third of the way up the glass and filling the rest with the cream mixture.

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    Lava Flow Drink Mocktail

    A delicious and refreshing summer mocktail for the whole family.
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    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 3 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    blending: 1 minute
    Total Time: 4 minutes
    Servings: 1 serving
    Calories: 406cal
    Author: Melissa Haines
    Cost: $5


    • blender


    • 4 strawberries frozen
    • 2 tbsp. water
    • ¼ cup cream of coconut
    • ¼ cup pineapple juice
    • 2 tbsp. half-and-half


    • Blend the strawberries and water to make a slush
    • Pour that into the bottom of a hurricane glass
    • Rinse the blender out
    • To the blender, add the coconut cream, pineapple juice, and half-and-half and blend
    • Pour the cream mixture over the strawberry slush and enjoy


    nutrition facts are only an estimate 


    Calories: 406cal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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