Happy July 10th and double Happy Pina Colada Day!
We hope that today will allow you to sit back and enjoy one of these smooth tasty drinks!
Pina Colada actually means ‘strained pineapple’ in Spanish.
The sweet cocktail was created by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero in 1954 in the capital city of San Juan in Puerto Rico. (Although there are other claims as well.) He claims that he originally made these cool drinks without alcohol just for a cool treat on a hot day. He said that while he was working as a bartender at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, he mixed a few ingredients to come up with a new drink using coconut cream, pineapple juice and some crushed ice and he served this new drink as a milkshake. Of course rum was eventually added.
Another story goes that another man, a pirate, yes a pirate, named, Robert Cofresí is said to have served his crew the mix in the early 1800s in order to boost morale.
And yet a third claim to the Pina Colada hails from Barrachina, a restaurant in Puerto Rico, says that “a traditional Spanish bartender Don Ramon Portas Mingot in 1963 created what became the world’s famous drink: the Piña Colada.”
But we will stick with the first story so …
Many celebrities’ such as Dean Martin, John Wayne, Joan Crawford and Sammy Davis Jr. were said to love this new cocktail and it became quite popular. In 1978, the Piña Colada was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico. Caribe Hilton was presented with a proclamation in 2004, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the drink, signed by then-Puerto Rico Governor Sila Maria Calderon.
In 1979 Rupert Holmes wrote his famous song about the drink, “Escape,” aka The Pina Colada song. But did you know that originally the song said, “If you like Humphrey Bogart and getting caught in the rain.” Don’t ya wonder if it would of been as popular?
In 2017, the Selena Rosa restaurant in NYC has unveiled what they call the “largest Piña Colada ever made in history” — a 140-gallon, 6-foot glass of the sweet, summery drink so huge the eatery plans to mix it with a cement truck.
So anyways, we wish you a Happy Pina Colada Day and hope you can celebrate! And in case you can, here is a recipe for you: