Today (July 10th) is Piña Colada Day! - A great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little taste of summer.
Did you know that piña coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico? The term, "piña colada" means "strained pineapple" in Spanish, which makes perfect sense. A traditional recipe calls for pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice.
Piña Colada fun facts:
- The piña colada was created on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its star-studded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after three intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born.
- The piña colada has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.
- There are many stories as to the origin of the word “cocktail.” Its use goes back to at least 1806. It may be derived from the French 'coquetier.' meaning eggcup. In New Orleans around 1793, Antoine Amedee Pechaud (inventor of Peychaud bitters) served a mixture of Cognac and his own bitters to customers in his apothecary shop. He served them in eggcups, and the Americans would pronounce 'coquetier' as “cocktail.”
If you like piña coladas (“and getting caught in the rain!”) fix yourself an ice cold drink, top it with a mini umbrella, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day!
- Amaretto colada – amaretto substituted for rum
- Belizean piña colada – evaporated milk (e.g., PET Evaporated Milk) instead of coconut cream
- Caribou Lou – Malibu Rum, pineapple juice and 151 rum
- Iguana Colada – piña colada with Midori
- Kahlúa Colada – substitute Kahlua for the rum
- King Henry or Chi Chi – vodka substituted for rum
- Lava Flow – strawberry daiquiri and piña colada blended together
- Miami Vice – 1/2 strawberry daiquiri poured over 1/2 piña colada (use frozen versions of each, and do not blend together)
- Staten Island Ferry – coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice
- Jackolada - Add 1/2 part Jack Daniels
- Virgin piña colada or piñita colada – without the rum
Enjoy a piña colada at the beach, by the pool, or on your living room couch!