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Ube Colada Cocktail

This recipe is adapted from Ben Rojo’s famous Ube Colada using Fila Manila’s very own Ube Halaya (Ube Jam) which has become a mainstay for the Fila Manila fam. 

“For New York City bartender Ben Rojo, the use of Filipino ingredients in his cocktails pulls heavily from nostalgia. “I love drawing inspiration for cocktails from Filipino culinary traditions,” he says. He cites ube halaya, a jam of sorts made with ube, or purple yam, as his favorite dessert for “as long as I can remember.”

In tribute to that treat, he created a frothy purple Colada rendition employing both ube halaya and Don Papa rum (also Filipino in origin), blended together with pineapple juice and both coconut water and coconut milk. Once the mix is spun with ice until smooth, it all gets topped with whipped coconut cream and a shower of dehydrated and crumbled blueberries.

The resulting drink, says Rojo, has been his favorite he’s run the past several summers. “There’s nothing I’d rather drink while the sun’s up,” he says.

Rojo recommends serving the drink ice-cold. “It’s the ultimate summer sipper,” he says.”

When our team at Fila Manila first tried this creamy cold purple colada, it brought back a wave of nostalgia for summer days spent eating our favorite Halo Halo mixed up with our favorite Pina Coladas adorned with fake umbrellas in a frosty glass. For us, we love to add in even extra Ube to get a thicker, creamier, and Ube-yer beverage! With our Ube Jam always in stock, it’s hard not to make this for all our friends and family any time we entertain!


  • 2 ounces Don Papa rum (leave out and substitute with coconut water if nonaloholic)
  • 1 ounce Fila Manila Ube Jam (or as much as your heart desires!)
  • 1 ounce coconut water
  • 3/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce coconut milk
  • Garnish: Whipped coconut cream
  • Garnish ideas: crumbled dehydrated blueberries, pineapple slice, crumbled Ube cookies


  1. Add all ingredients into a blender with a small scoop of ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a large chilled goblet or hurricane glass.
  4. Top with whipped coconut cream and crumbled dehydrated blueberries, or crumbled Ube cookies, or a slice of pineapple!


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