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The Piña Colada is the perfect summer drink and tastes like a tropical beach vacation.
Its name meaning “strained pineapple” in Spanish, and hails from the island of Puerto Rico. The Piña Colada even has its own annual holiday there on July 10th. The Piña Colada of today was created sometime in the 1950s with the invention of the blender and Coco Lopez; however, there are references to a similar drink that was made a century before.
Coco Lopez is a vital ingredient for the cocktail because it replicates rich coconut cream, which is difficult to extract from coconuts. Once Coco Lopez hit the market, everyone from cooks to bartenders started to experiment with it. Luckily for us, the Piña Colada cocktail was one of the creations brought to life with Coco Lopez.
There are three people from Puerto Rico that have claims to the creation of the Piña Colada. The most popular story is that Ramón “Monchito” Marrero Pérez of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan was asked to create a signature drink for the hotel.
After months of trial-and-error, he mixed together a cocktail that used rum, pineapple, condensed milk, and coconut cream on August 16, 1954. Ricardo Garcia, who also worked at the Caribe Hilton, crafted a similarly flavored drink using Coco Lopez, rum, and coconut juice and served the cocktail in a coconut.
On one fateful day, Garcia ran out of coconuts so he served the cocktail in a hollowed out pineapple and that method remains popular to this day. Lastly, Ramón Portas Mingot, head bartender of the Barrachina Restaurant, also made a cocktail using rum and Coco Lopez.
These three bartenders created their cocktails between the years of 1952-1963 and by 1978, the Piña Colada was so famous that Puerto Rico named the delicious drink as its national cocktail…and a hit single for Rupert Holmes.
We’ve tested through a bunch of Piña Colada recipes, but the Original is still the best. The Original Piña Colada Recipe (according to the Caribe Hilton) requires the use of Coco Lopez and a Puerto Rican rum, such as Don Q Cristal.
So let’s show you how to make Piña Coladas.
Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- 2 Ounces White Rum
- 1 Ounce Coconut cream (Coco Lopez to be authentic)
- 1 Ounce Heavy cream
- 6 Ounces Fresh pineapple juice
- 5 Cups Crushed Ice
- Pineapple & Cherry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
- Tall Glass
Piña Colada: Pour ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 245 Fat (g) 2.7 Saturated Fat (g) 2.3 Potassium (mg) 100 Carbohydrates (g) 32 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 31 Protein (g) 0.6 Sodium (mg) 8