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Old Fashioned Cocktails -Pina Colada

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When was the Pina Colada Invented

The exact origins of the Pina Colada cocktail are unclear, but it is generally believed to have originated in Puerto Rico during the early to mid-20th century.

The drink is said to have been created by a bartender named Ramon “Monchito” Marrero at the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan in the 1950s. Marrero created the drink using pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum, and it quickly became popular with hotel guests and locals.

The Pina Colada was officially declared the national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978.

What You Need

  • white rum
  • pineapple juice
  • cream of coconut
  • malibu liqueur
  • syrup
  • ice
  • Pineapple wedges and/or maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)

How to Make a Pina Colada

  • Add the rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, malibu liqueur, syrup and ice to a blender.
  • Blend the ingredients on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the mixture into a highball glass.
  • Garnish with pineapple wedges and/or maraschino cherries, if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Tip For Making a Pina Colada

  • Use good quality ingredients: Since the Pina Colada has only a few ingredients, it’s important to use high-quality ones. Use fresh pineapple juice, good quality white rum, and a high-quality cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez.
  • Blend the cocktail well: To get a creamy and frothy texture, blend the ingredients for at least 20-30 seconds, or until they are well combined.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your taste: The cream of coconut adds sweetness to the cocktail, but you can adjust the amount to your taste. If you prefer a less sweet drink, use less cream of coconut or add more pineapple juice.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit: A Pina Colada looks more appealing with a garnish of fresh pineapple wedges and/or maraschino cherries. This will also add a pop of color to your drink.
  • Experiment with variations: While the classic recipe calls for white rum, you can try using dark rum or coconut-flavored rum for a different twist. You can also add a splash of lime juice for a tangy flavor. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own favorite variation.

Frequently asked questions

Is the Pina Colada a tropical drink?

Yes, the Pina Colada is a tropical cocktail that is associated with beach bars, poolside lounges, and other vacation destinations. The cocktail’s combination of pineapple and coconut flavors makes it a refreshing and fruity drink that is perfect for sipping on a warm day.

What type of rum is best for a Pina Colada?

A white or light rum is traditionally used in a Pina Colada cocktail, but you can experiment with different types of rum to create your own twist on the classic recipe. A dark rum can add a richer and more complex flavor, while a coconut-flavored rum can enhance the tropical flavor of the drink.

Can you make a Pina Colada without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic Pina Colada by simply omitting the rum from the recipe. You can also add a splash of coconut or pineapple juice to give the drink more flavor.

How many calories are in a Pina Colada?

The number of calories in a Pina Colada can vary depending on the recipe and the ingredients used. However, a classic recipe for a Pina Colada can have around 400-500 calories per serving, due to the high sugar content of the cream of coconut. If you are looking for a lower calorie version, you can try using a light or reduced-fat cream of coconut, or substituting some of the coconut cream with coconut water or unsweetened pineapple juice.

Old Fashioned Cocktails -Pina Colada

Pina Colada

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

One of the typical cocktails of tropical fruits and the national drink of Puerto Rico, the Pina Colada is a cocktail you can choose to make by shaking or by mixing with an electric mixer! There is no definite story about the origin of this cocktail, but it is one of the typical cocktails of the tropics!


  • 1 oz coconut milk
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1½ oz rum
  • ½ oz malibu liqueur
  • ½ oz syrup
  • 1 cup of ice


Add coconut milk , pineapple juice, rum, malibu liqueur and syrup in a shaker. Shake well with ice, pour into a glass and serve immediately.

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About Robin Lee

Robin is author, photographer, and cocktail enthusiast. He has a passion for life, love of mixology, and enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Robin’s cocktails are both visually stunning and bursting with flavor. He’s always pushing the boundaries of mixology and loves to experiment with unique ingredients and techniques. With Robin’s guidance, you can learn the art of mixology and create cocktails that are sure to impress.

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