“The Panchito” Virgin Pina Colada with Caramel Swirl

Last weekend we returned from a week long vacation that included a 5-day Disney cruise to the Bahamas. We sailed on the newly remodeled Magic, and was literally MAGICAL, by far the most amazing vacation! It feels like a dream, and I have to keep reminding myself that we were just there. There are so many amazing things about this trip, too many to share in this post alone, so today I will just focus on one thing, the most amazing drink I’ve ever had! Ever!
I think I gained most of my weight on the ship through the variety of virgin cocktails rather than the food.
My favorite was “The Panchito”. It was served on our 2nd night in the Cubanesque Cabana’s Restaurant. I wish we would have rotated through that restaurant earlier. You combine fresh pineapple, coconut milk and caramel – need I say more? Here’s to Mickey Mouse, beaches, and delicious tropical calories!

“The Panchito” Virgin Pina Colada with Caramel Swirl

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8

“The Panchito” Virgin Pina Colada with Caramel Swirl

A great island refresher for anywhere and anytime of the year. A virgin pina colada made with fresh pineapple, coconut milk and extract, brown sugar, ice and a caramel swirl.


  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 20 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 5 cups crushed ice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons caramel sauce


Add the pineapple juice, coconut milk, fresh pineapple, coconut extract, brown sugar and crushed ice to a blender; blend at high speed.

Pour into a tall glass, like a collins glass or other cocktail cup. This serves 8 servings, about 8 ounces each. Garnish with caramel sauce by pouring 1 tablespoon of the sauce on top of the pina colada and stir in. Add a pineapple wedge and serve. Drink up and enjoy!

Our family on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

We celebrated our son Madden’s 7th birthday while on the cruise. He loved it! Everything literally had Mickey on it, even the food.

My daughter Jordan, 8 years jumping for joy! She belongs somewhere warm!

Jersey, 5 years literally followed the characters around. She was the only one who wanted to get everyone’s autograph. She loved all of the characters, I loved watching her face and smile grow every time!

Aiden, 10 years in the kids club on the cruise. He loved it!!! This was one of the most amazing features.

Cannon, 3 years like his sister Jersey loved all of the characters, especially Mickey Mouse!

We were blessed to have the grandparents come along!! My mom enjoyed the mocktails as much as I did!

We feel so blessed to go on such an amazing vacation! We will be going back and will be Disney’s biggest advertisement! And not a paid one, this literally is a vacation for everyone! %http://www.adashofsanity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/family-boat.jpg



  1. says

    This recipe is pretty darn awesome. I never would have thought to add caramel to a pina colada. Great photos. Your family looks like they had tons of fun! Thanks for the share.

  2. says

    How cool is a Disney cruise? Since I can’t go on one right now, I’ll just have to make the Panchito and pretend like I’m cruising through the tropics.

  3. says

    This is perfect for my current pregnant state! I am so jealous of your trip! My son is also obsessed with Mickey and would have died to be there!

  4. says

    Wow I never would of thought caramel went well with pina colada! So obviously I’ll need to make a batch or three! Cool pictures too :)

  5. says

    I feel so envious right now, I haven’t had a proper vacation in such a long time. You seem to have had so much fun and Jersey the most :) She looks just like a gymnast :) Not a cocktail person but I can see why you got hooked, it looks so delicious.

  6. says

    So many cool pictures! I’ve got to say though, I love the one with Mickey. :)

    The caramel swirl in the drink is off the charts making me happy. Little twists like that are fun.

  7. says

    I’m totally jealous in so many ways! I want one of these right now. It’s really too bad my blender is broken. But this is serious motivation to go get a new one. One of these and a mini date night after the kids go to bed, that sounds pretty fantastic.

  8. says

    Oh wow! This is so nice and looks like everyone had the best time! I absolutely love Pina Colada! A bit of alcohol makes it even better though but this looks really good!

    • Sandra says

      Thanks Diane – I totally linked up, I think I was the first! Thanks for the feature. I put it on all my social media. xo San

    • Sandra says

      Not sure I would go for raspberry and caramel, but a raspberry swirl in a pina colada – any day. xo San


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