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
- 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.