Originating in Puerto Rico, there's a lot of folks who lay claim to the creation of the Pina Colada, including a story that attributes the very first recipe to the pirate Roberto Cofresí (El Pirata Cofresí) who was said to drink a concoction of rum, pineapple and coconut milk sometime in the early 1800's.
Modern day versions are claimed by:
Ramón “Monchito” Marrero Pérez of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan who was said to have blended up a version using local rum, pineapple, condensed milk and coconut cream sometime around the mid 1950's.
Ricardo Garcia, also from the Caribe Hilton, says he created the Pina Colada when he had run out of coconuts for his signature Coco Lopez cocktail, substituted pineapple juice then served his in a real pineapple shell.
Ramón Portas Mingot also lays claim to the Pina Colada while bartending at The Barrachina in 1963.
The Caribe Hilton's original Pina Colada Recipe (ala Pérez) is 2 ounces of white rum, 1 ounce of cream of coconut, 1 ounce of heavy cream, 6 ounces of fresh pineapple juice and 1/2 a cup of crushed ice blended until smooth and garnished with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.
The Barrachina freezes their pineapple juice and coconut cream instead of adding ice then adds the rum.
My love of the Pina Colada has led me to create a number of my own original Pina Colada style recipes and I'll probably end up doing several more in the future. After all, you just can't beat the combination of fresh pineapple, coconut and rum.
BEACH BUM BERRY PINA COLADA
BLUE HAWAII MARTINI
HIBISCUS COLADA FRAPPÉ
PINA COLADA MARTINI
PINA COLADAS ON THE BEACH (Edible Cocktail Gels)
PINEAPPLE ORANGE COLADA
RASPBERRY PINA COLADA
STRAWBERRY PINA COLADA MARTINI
STRAWBERRY TIKI COLADA COCKTAIL
SNEAKY TIKI COCKTAIL
AND, if you use coconut ice cream instead of vanilla,
National Pina Colada Day is July 10th!
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