This easy mocktail recipe is inspired by Te Fiti, one of the most dynamic characters in the movie Moana. It’s an easy mocktail recipe that combines a sweet strawberry puree with a smooth and creamy coconut pineapple mixture. Add a little food coloring and you have one of the best mocktail recipes that everyone will love, even if they’ve never even heard of Moana.
An Easy Mocktail Recipe Inspired by Disney’s Moana
Since my family watches Moana on the regular, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this Moana inspired mocktail recipe.
If I’m being honest, this recipe didn’t turn out anything like I’d originally planned, but I like to think it turned out better.
Originally I’d planned to create a mocktail that was actually inspired by Moana herself with a little red puree and yellow, to match the colors of the movie. That didn’t work, so I decided to go with blue instead of yellow.
Did you know when you add one drop of blue food coloring to a mixture of pineapple juice + coconut water you end up with a dark green/teal colored drink instead of ocean blue? Yep. So the drink itself stayed the same but the colors changed along the way.
So instead of a Moana inspired mocktail recipe, this easy mocktail is inspired by Te Fiti, aka the lava monster Te Ka, from Moana.
If you’ve never seen the movie, stop reading now because this might spoil it for you. And you should be watching the movie instead of reading my post anyway, it’s one of the best Disney movies in a long time!
There’s more to it than just a great movie, so many awesome lessons to be learned from the Moana lyrics! We’ve been listening to the Moana soundtrack regularly since we saw the movie!
Mocktail Recipe Inspiration
Anyway, Te Fiti has her heart stolen from inside of her by Maui and turns into the lava monster, Te Ka. The entire plot line of Moana is based on Moana returning the heart to Te Fiti and at the end of the movie, Moana returns the heart and the lava monster turns back into Te Fiti, the beautiful living mother island. Te Ka is red and Te Fiti is green, and I combined the two in this strawberry lava meets tropical island mocktail.
When you add the coconut + pineapple mixture to the strawberry puree, make sure to swirl it around a bit so you get the true effect of Te Fiti’s swirl hiding inside the fiery Te Ka. Serve it up with these Hei Hei inspired coconut chicken tenders for one awesome Moana meal.
Moana Mocktail Recipe
- 4 oz coconut water
- 12 ounce pineapple juice
- ½ lb strawberries washed and stemmed
- 3 Tbs granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs water
- Blue food coloring
- Place strawberry, sugar, and water in a large bowl and use an immersion blender to blend into a smooth strawberry puree. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender as well. Pour the puree mixture evenly at the bottom of four 6 ounce glasses.
- Combine coconut water and pineapple juice and mix thoroughly. Add one drop of blue food coloring and stir until well combined.
- Split coconut + pineapple mixture evenly on top of the strawberry puree.
- Use a stirring stir or chopstick to swirl mixture into the strawberry puree to give that swirl lava look.
- Garnish with fresh strawberries, pineapple, and candy fish (optional).