Many love the classic piña colada, but not everyone knows what is in it.
A sweet cocktail made with rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, usually blended or mixed with ice and garnished with a maraschino cherry or a pineapple wedge, it’s basically summer in a glass!
So, if you like piña colada... Read on!
The piña colada comes from the mid-century modern era. And like all good cocktails, the origin of the piña colada is often contested. However, a widely accepted story says that it was created on August 16, 1954 by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, a bartender at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ramon worked for months to create a recipe that would capture the essence of Puerto Rico, before inventing the piña colada.
Here’s Caribe Hilton’s legendary recipe.
60 ml rum
30 ml cream of coconut
30 ml heavy cream
180 ml fresh pineapple juice
1/2 cup crushed ice
Mix rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender. Add ice and mix for 15 seconds. Serve in a 350 ml glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.
Another story goes that Marrero might not be the actual inventor of this tropical treat. A Puerto Rican pirate Robert Cofresí is said to have served this cocktail to his crew in the early 1800s to boost their morale.
Piña means pineapple and colada means strained. So, piña colada in Spanish literally translates to strained pineapple (a.k.a. fresh pineapple juice), an essential ingredient in the cocktail.
The piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.
We’ve all heard and sung along to Escape, more commonly known as The Piña Colada Song. But, the famous line originally said, ‘if you like Humphrey Bogart’ but ended up being replaced with the ‘first exotic drink’ Rupert Holmes could think of.
Over the years, this poolside drink has had many variations like the Miami Vice (one half strawberry daiquiri, one half piña colada) and the King Henry (vodka substituted for rum).
The world’s biggest piña colada was made in 2010 with 140 bottles of rum at London’s Rumfest.
Now that you know so much about the drink, here’s how you can make it by using the good old Captain Morgan!
45 ml Captain Morgan White Rum
30 ml cream of coconut
15 ml pineapple juice
15 ml lime juice
½ cup crushed ice
Fresh pineapple for garnish
Mix the Captain Morgan White Rum, cream of coconut, lime juice and pineapple juice in a blender. Add ice and mix for 15 seconds. Serve and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
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