July 10 is national
Piña Colada Day! In celebration of basically everyone’s favorite drink,
here’s a little bit of history and our favorite recipe.
Straight from the
island of Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada quickly became a sensation. Some
might say there is no drink as refreshing as the Piña Colada, therefore,
no better drink during the hot Summer months. While this drink has many
variations that change the taste or look, the original Piña Colada has a
very interesting history.
During the 1950s, a
bartender at the time named Ramón “Monchito” Marrero was experimenting
with his bar supplies and alcohol to try and create his very own
signature cocktail for the hotel’s bar. He wanted this drink to embody
the environment and culture of Puerto Rico while also giving off a
refreshing taste to its drinker. Many people know the popularity of
coconut in Puerto Rico. Since the coconut grows very well in that warm
climate, the ingredient was very easy to come across. Monchito knew that
his new drink must include coconut. In the very beginning, the Piña
Colada was served without the signature rum! Marrero found that when
ice, diced pineapple, and its juice, and Coco Lopez coconut cream were
mixed together, the outcome was a delicious virgin milkshake. The only
issue with this is that he was working as a bartender and wanted to make
this milkshake alcoholic, as was the original idea of this creation.
After many experiments and taste tests by Marrero and his co-workers,
they finally found the perfect alcohol to go along with the sweetness of
the pineapple and coconut: Puerto Rico Rum.
Soon after this
invention, the popularity of the Piña Colada skyrocketed. Nowadays, you
can see this drink in the hands of celebrities, parents, family members,
and just about anyone you can think of. Rightfully so, the Piña Colada
was named the national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978; just 20 years after
There are many
different recipes and variations of the Piña Colada today. This tends to
happen to very popular drinks as people want to make it their own.
After many trials, we have finally found our favorite, and what we
consider, the best recipe out there!
The directions for
this drink are simple and easy to follow. The place where most people
mess up is getting the exact measurements of the ingredients. Follow
these instructions to the tee and you won’t regret it!