Popcorn Colada

After buying a bottle of Monin’s popcorn syrup I’ve been trying many ways to incorporate it into cocktails. Fortunately they have some recipes on their site so I adapted one to make this fabulously refreshing popcorn colada. It’s similar to a regular one, but the measurements have been adjusted to incorporate the syrup!

popcorn colada cocktail with pineapple and other ingredients in the background

After making one of my favorite creations, the cinema sour, I realized I should probably find other uses for the tasty popcorn syrup. Since there are not many options out there I figured adapting classics is the way to go. This popcorn colada is likely to transport you to a tropical beach – perhaps one that plays outdoor films with guests on beanbag chairs.

For most pina coladas you will want to use a simple rum. Either a white or a lightly aged rum. The more funky stuff like Pot Still Jamaica Rum are just too grassy and overpowering in a cocktail like this. I chose the basic Havana Club 3 year which I find to be a great balance between white and a good 7 year. Ultimately the choice is up to you.

What Is Popcorn Syrup

Popcorn syrup is a movie theater popcorn flavored syrup used in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It works great as a bar syrup, but you will also see it at coffee shops or cafes as a flavored sweetener.

How To Make A Popcorn Colada

popcorn colada cocktail ingredients with fresh pineapple on a table

This recipe uses a mix of fresh and bottled ingredients. However depending on the level of effort you want to put into it you can make easy substitutions.

Ingredients

70 ml Rum – I used a 3 year aged gold rum, but you can use white or an even older one if you prefer. I would stay away from funky ones or spiced rums as they are too unique for this cocktail.

40 ml Pineapple Juice – I recommend freshly pressed, but you can use bottled as well since it is likely more convenient.

40 ml Coconut Milk

20 ml Popcorn Syrup – recommend the Monin brand

20 ml Coconut Syrup – I recommend the Monin brand, but other brands also make decent coconut syrups as well.

10 ml Lemon Juice – freshly squeezed

To Make: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard for 15 seconds. Pour without straining directly into your serving glass. Garnish with some pineapple and caramel popcorn and enjoy!

popcorn colada cocktail with pineapple and other ingredients in the background
popcorn colada cocktail with pineapple and other ingredients in the background

Popcorn Colada

This riff on a standard pina colada utilizes the delicious popcorn syrup by Monin, one of my new favorite bar syrups. This drink is tropical, yet not cloyingly sweet – perfect for a movie on the beach.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Alcohol, Cocktail, Cocktails, Coconut, Pina Colada, Popcorn Syrup, Rum
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 366kcal
Cost: $1

Equipment

  • 1 Cocktail Shaker Set

Ingredients

  • 70 ml Rum I used a 3 year aged gold rum but you can use white or an even older one if you prefer. I would stay away from funky ones or spiced rums as they are too unique for this cocktail.
  • 40 ml Pineapple Juice I recommend freshly pressed but you can use bottled as well since it is likely more convenient.
  • 40 ml Coconut Milk
  • 20 ml Popcorn Syrup recommend the Monin brand
  • 20 ml Coconut Syrup I recommend the Monin brand but other brands also make decent coconut syrups as well.
  • 10 ml Lemon Juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake hard for 15 seconds and then pour without straining into your glass. Garnish with some pineapple and caramel popcorn. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 250ml | Calories: 366kcal
Did you make this?Mention @CookingToEntertain or tag #cookingtoentertain and let me know how it was!

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