Lava Flow Drink

This Lava Flow destroys your thirst with a volcanic eruption of refreshing flavors!

Lava Flow Drink

A few years ago, I spent a week on the Coconut Coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Since it was my first time visiting the islands, I had expected the place to be jam packed with tourists. Happily, I was very wrong. No crowds anywhere from the time I got off the plane until I boarded my return flight to Los Angeles. My hotel was right on the beach, and every meal, snack and drink was enjoyed only a few feet away from the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean. It was heavenly. It was the Lava Lava Club.

The Lava Lava Club is a beachfront restaurant and bar that was just one of many amazing places that I visited, but it remained my favorite. Sizzling shrimp, breakfast Mai Tais… just writing about it makes me wish I was there right now.

One lazy afternoon I was sitting beach side, looking at the club’s menu. Wanting something different from the constant flow of Mai Tais I had been imbibing all week, I came across a cocktail called the Lava Flow. Their menu stated theirs was served “on the rocks” and was “better” than the original (“trust us!”). So naturally I ordered a “Lava Lava Flow” at the Lava Lava Club and had one of the best drinks on the island. I could taste the rums, both silver and coconut, the pineapple and strawberries were amazing and not too strong. Before I flew back home, I made sure I had one more as I watched the ocean wave goodbye.

I found myself missing Hawaii, so I thought it’d be fun to learn how to make a Lava Flow. This time, giving the traditional version a go. Once I looked up how to make one, the Internet promptly told me that I should not drink lava, as that would be incredibly dangerous. After some more specific searching, I discovered a simple tropical cocktail that looks like a fruity cascade of delicious magma you can actually drink. Our recipe is down below, and it can’t be beat.

The Lava Flow sits somewhere between a Pina Colada and a Strawberry Daiquiri in terms of texture and flavors. It’s often been compared to a cocktail called the Miami Vice, which Twist and Toast has a recipe for. Check it out, try one and see how these drinks stack up:

Not a day goes by when I’m not dreaming of the beach on the Coconut Coast, and a cold, smooth Lava Flow will easily transport me there with every sip.

What are the best rums to use in a Lava Flow?

The first step in making a Lava Flow involves pureeing the strawberries with the two rums that you’ll need, both silver rum and coconut rum. I’ve talked before in other articles about my love for using Bacardi Superior when mixing certain rum-based drinks, and the Lava Flow is no different. It’s a great, clean mixing rum, and also inexpensive.

For the coconut rum, you can’t miss with that classic white bottle of Malibu that we all remember from college parties. This time however, we’ll be carefully measuring out the Malibu for our beachside cocktail.

Lava Flow Drink
Servings 1
5 minutes


  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 2 ounces fresh strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • 1 cup crushed ice


  • In a blender, combine the 2 ounces of strawberries and the 1 ounce of light rum. Blend until it’s a thick liquid then pour it into your glass, but do not rinse the blender.
    Lava Flow Drink
  • In the same blender, combine the banana, coconut rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.
    Lava Flow Drink
  • Pour the mixture slowly into the glass over the strawberry/rum mix. The ‘lava’ should ooze up the sides of the glass.
    Lava Flow Drink


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 768mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
Lava Flow Drink

FAQs & Tips

Lava Flow Drink

Lava Flow Drink Variations

One of the great things about the Lava Flow is that there are simple and colorful ways to make different tasting and looking versions:

  • Yellow Lava adds mango to the mix.
  • Green Lava gets a healthy dose of kale, celery, and green apples.
  • Purple Lava brings blackberries or blueberries to the recipe. You can use both berries together for a slightly more complex flavor.
  • Orange Lava uses carrot extract mixed in with the rums. That’s the one I’m most eager to try.

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