Piña Coladas are the perfect drink to have in the Caribbean, its taste matches the surrounding beaches, the smell of the waves and sand, and sun hitting your face, while listening to the island’s traditional music. Piña Coladas are the official drink of Puerto Rico since July 10, 1978 and are popular all-year long.
A Pina Colada is a tropical cocktail made with rum, pineapple, and coconut. It is usually served with ice, either blended or shaken. Pina Coladas are the perfect drink for a warm summer afternoon, so the middle of July is the perfect time to celebrate Pina Colada Day. You can celebrate this day by enjoying a pina colada or two or five on the beach. Or you know, your backyard if you don’t live near the beach.
Piña Colada Origin
The origin of the piña colada is a bit controversial; more than one person has claimed to be the inventor of this delicious drink. There’s even a legend that the pirate Roberto Cofresi was the first one to invent it and gave it to his crew members to boost their morale but was lost with his death. Later on, two bartenders from the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Ramón “Monchito” Marrero and Ricardo García) lay claims to have invented them around similar dates in the 1950s. Lastly, the restaurant Barrachina, has a plaque claiming that its inventor is Ramón Portas Mingot in 1963.
This drink is loved in the island and by tourists
In 1979 piña coladas were cemented in pop culture by Rupert Holmes’ song named Escape (The Piña Colada song). Although the lyrics have sparked controversy, and barely have anything to do with the drink, the rhythm of the song sets the atmosphere for wanting to drink a piña colada by the beach.
The official Caribe Hilton recipe:
2 ounces of white rum
1-ounce coconut cream
1-ounce heavy cream
6 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
½ cup of crushed ice
Add the rum, coconut cream, heavy cream and pineapple into a blender.
Add ice and blend for 15 seconds or until smooth.
Serve in a 12-ounce glass.
Add a pineapple piece in the corner of the glass and top it with a maraschino cherry.