Sunday, 17 July 2011

My Favorite cocktail - The Lava Flow

What's my favorite cocktail? Hmmm....
Choosing my favorite is like asking me what my favorite film is - it's all about what mood I'm in, but there's always the ones that stick with you, represent and change the course of your life.
I find this also true for cocktails and therefore the Lava Flow is my winner. (Maybe after a few cocktails I'll tell you about my favorite films too)
Its where I started my cocktail journey, enjoying it, wanting to know how to make it and where it comes from. Drinking a Lava Flow always feels special and I'll always be in the mood for one, even at 10 in the morning (don't tell my doctor).
A good drink is like a good song, it'll always take you back to a time and place and maybe this is why its my favorite. It takes me back to sunny, lazy days in Waikiki, sitting at the poolside bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, salty lips, sun burnt skin and there's nothing like the mix of coconut and rum to make those days even better.
This drink is like the beautiful marriage of the gorgeous drinks, the Strawberry Daiquiri and the Pina Colada. If you're a fan or either you must give it a go!
It's a very natural, fruity tasting cocktail with the rum just cutting though to warm the back of your throat. It may seem sweet and with all that good fruit innocent by nature, but like a pineapple it has its sharp side!
Now the best place I've had one of course is in Hawaii, but to be fair I haven't found anywhere in the UK that makes them! If you know of any let me know!
Now there are a few different ways to make this drink, I went with a recipe like that at the Hilton but as I make other versions I'll let you know how they go, it's tough work but I'll manage somehow!

What you'll need:
  • A sunny day (if possible)
  • A Hurricane or Collins glass
  • A Blender
  • An Umbrella, cherry, pineapple slice, orange segment, what ever goodies you can find to garnish! You can be creative with this drink.

  • 1oz light rum
  • 1oz coconut rum
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • 2oz coconut juice
  • Ice - The thicker you want it, add more ice.
Tip! If you have no coconut rum just add 1.5 oz of rum to 0.5oz of coconut cream.

How to make it:
  • Blend the ice, banana, pineapple juice and coconut juice. Leave to the side. This is the "Flow."
  • Then blend the strawberries and both rums, you can use strawberry syrup if you like but there's nothing like the real thing and using frozen strawberries makes a amazing slushy effect! This is the "Lava."
  • Now depending on who you listen to you can add the Lava to the Flow but I prefer pouring the lava down the sides of the hurricane glass then letting it sit t the bottom of the glass, the very slowly pour the Flow into the center of the glass then as you come to the end quicken your pace. This will leave the lava slowly creeping up the side of the glass as if erupting! OOOO!
  • Add any umbrella or fruit to garnish.
  • Enjoy!
Let me know how you get on with it, hopefully it'll take you somewhere tropical too!
What's your favorite, why and where makes it best?
Till next time.....


  1. Ooh, this cocktail looks quite interesting! I just found your blog from looking at your profile after you followed me (thanks btw! :) ) and was drawn to this as I. am. obsessed. with. cocktails.

    There's this mexican restaurant in town where I live and I just go there for their cocktails, specifically their margaritas. My favourite has GOT to be the melon one, it's delicious!

    Having said that, there is one combination that I'm not particularily keen of. Mango and rhum together unfortunately don't go. I had the misfortune to try a cocktail in Paris called punch exotique which was passion fruit, mango (I think passoa as well?) and old rhum. bleeergh it was vile and I wasn't the only one who thought so.

  2. Ooo, you have to give this one a try! Its sooo yummy, the only prob is you can't just have one!
    I've got to say I didn't like Rum too much but I've been converted! Im glad to hear from another cocktail lover! Here in Bristol its cocktail week next week so I'm going to be in heaven! xxx