Key Lime Colada – Key West’s Take on a Pina Colada

Key Lime Colada cocktail is a Florida Keys take on the Pina Colada. An easy-to-make frozen treat with the tartness of key limes, the sweetness of pineapple and the creaminess of coconut. Pure summer time refreshment!

2 mason jars filled with key lime colada and garnished with lime twist, pineapple chunk and green and white striped straw.

I am so a Florida Keys girl! There is nothing I like better than a vacation in the Keys. And my favorite spot to plant myself for a week (although wishing for 2 or 3) has got to be Key West. Luckily we live just an 1-1/2 hours north of the closest key, Key Largo, and go down there for long weekends whenever possible, the rest of the time we trek all the way down, 90 miles from Cuba, to our laid back paradise of Key West. It’s still in the continental US but feels just like the Caribbean. (so wishing I was there!)

Overhead of foamy colada with cocktail umbrella and surrounded by key limes.

One of the first things I always order when arriving is a  delicious frozen concoction, similar to a piña colada, called a Key Lime Colada. The first one I ever had was at Rick’s Tree Bar on Duval and I instantly fell in love with the tartness of the key lime, the slightly creamy base, the hint of orange and the ice cold coolness of the cocktail.

Overhead of 2 key lime coladas on white table and surrounded by key limes.

Whenever I make this refreshing drink at home it reminds me our vacations there, the soft breezes, swaying palm trees, music floating on the air, key lime pie (of course) and all the fabulous times along Duval Street.

Closeup of colada showing frothy contents with lime curl and piece of pineapple as garnish.

Rick’s Tree Bar wouldn’t divulge their recipe but, after some experimentation, I made one that was pretty darn close. And I sure had a fun time trying! (where did the weekend go anyway?) Keepin’ it cool!

More key lime recipes

Key Lime Pie Martini Add a touch of the Florida Keys to your favorite martini! A refreshing cocktail that brings the tartness of key limes mixed with sweet vanilla. It’s like having your “pie in a glassâ€!

Key Lime Pudding Cakes – A creamy, sweet dessert that’s perfect for summer. A tart refreshing cake batter, flavored with key lime, magically bakes into two separate layers, a light airy sponge cake with a tangy custardy pudding underneath.

Chocolate Covered Key Lime Bites – Easy to make icebox treats for the heat of summer. They’re like bite-sized piece of key lime pie covered in chocolate. A little bit tart, a little bit sweet and a whole lotta cool chocolaty heaven in your mouth!

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Overhead of colada in mason jar with cocktail umbrella and lime peel.

Key Lime Colada

Key Lime Colada cocktail is an easy frozen treat with the tartness of key limes, the sweetness of pineapple and the creaminess of coconut. Pure refreshment!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Linda Warren


  • 1 oz. Liquor 43
  • 2 oz. Vanilla Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. key lime juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut
  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  • Garnish: crushed graham crackers, slice of lime


  • Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Prepare margarita or martini glasses by rubbing lime around the edge and dipping the rim in graham cracker crumbs.
  • Divide mixture between 2 glasses and garnish with slices of lime.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 52mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 8.5mg

Key Lime Colada - Key West\'s Take on a Pina Colada