MacaLada Cocktail

I call this a MacaLada Cocktail it’s like a Pina Colada with Macadamia Nut Liqueur.  This is one of those tasty, strong cocktails that you just want more and more;  you don’t realize how many you’ve had until you are buzzzzed!


 After researching the history of the “Pina Colada” which literally means strained pineapple; I noticed there are quite a few stories and recipes associated with the pina colada along with the argument about who the actual creator of this summery cocktail was.  Amongst the many recipes the one that intrigued me the most was the one created by Monchito … “Pour 3 ounces of coconut cream, 6 ounces of pineapple juice and 112 ounces of white rum into a blender or shaker with crushed ice…”  I think I like it because it’s simple, this is basically a very strong cocktail; this is where the inspiration for this concoction comes into play. Oh and… we had this delicious liqueur poured on top of our Pina Colada’s when we were in Hawaii, outstanding!  Thank you Ryn for getting me a bottle for my birthday:) 


Recipe:  Makes 1 Cocktail       

  •  2oz Dark Rum
  •  1oz Trader Vics Macadamia Nut Liqueur
  •  2oz Coconut Cream
  • *1oz Coconut Simple Syrup
  •  1oz Pineapple Juice
  •  *4 Coconut Ice Cubes

Profile:  Sweet, Strong, Creamy~Original Recipe

Glass: a hurricane or your favorite glass for a tropical drink

Garnish:  Pineapple Wedge or An Umbrella



 Add all ingredients to shaker with coconut ice, shake and pour over big coconut cream ice cube.

Add a little dark rum float on top if u want or a sprinkle of nutmeg.

*Coconut Syrup Recipe

  • 2 Parts Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Part Hot Water


Stir well until dissolved the granules are completely dissolved. Let Cool.

*Coconut Ice Cubes:

  • I can of Coconut Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of *Coconut Simple Syrup



Mix together and fill your ice cube trays, I like to use the cool square ones you can get at a bar supply place

*There are a couple ways you can serve this drink; blend with crushed ice to dilute the drink  or make coconut cream with coconut syrup ice cubes to serve on the rocks so as the drink melts it won’t get watery but stay delicious (the later being my favorite way)!

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