References to the Piña Colada recipe can be found as far back as the early 1800's. However, the modern Piña Colada was apparently invented in the 1950's at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to wikipedia. The creator, Ramon "Monchito" Marrero, perfected his recipe after being asked to come up with a new drink for upscale clients of the hotel.
The Piña Colada was designated as the official cocktail of Puerto Rico in 1978, and remains so to this day.
The Piña Colada is an official International Bartenders Association cocktail and remains popular all over the world. It is composed of 1 part light rum, 1 part coconut cream and 3 parts pineapple juice, and is prepared by blending with ice until slushy and smooth. The glass is generally garnished with a pineapple wedge, although a cherry is sometimes used as well.
Here are some tips to help you make a great Piña Colada.
- Make sure the blended mixture is smooth. Icy chunks in the glass ruin the experience.
- Fresh pineapple juice is much better than juice from concentrate. If the juice is too tart, add a small amount of sugar.
- As with any popular drink, the Pina Colada has spawned many variations, see all our other Colada recipes.