We’ve all heard the song, we’ve all tasted the cocktail, and there’s no doubt about it: we do like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
One of the most popular cocktails of all time, a Piña Colada is a simple mix of white rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice. Sweet, fruity, and creamy, it’s a drink that encapsulates tropical island vibes like no other.
The history of the Piña Colada is steeped in mystery. One legend states that it was invented in the 19th century by Puerto Rico’s most infamous pirate, Roberto Cofresí. Thought to have been a rudimentary blend of rum, fruit juice, and coconut milk, Cofresí supposedly invented this drink to boost the morale of his shipmates before the recipe was lost when he was executed in 1825. It’s unclear how we’ve ended up with the modern Piña Colada if Cofresí took it to the grave, and some historians aren’t quite convinced of this legend’s validity, but it’s still a good tale.
A more likely origin story takes place at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in 1954, where expert bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero created a cocktail that he felt captured the true essence of Puerto Rico. Whether invented by a pirate or a mixologist, the unbeatable taste of the Piña Colada earned due recognition in 1978 when it was declared the national beverage of Puerto Rico and has remained one of the world’s most popular serves ever since.
When whipping up your own Piña Colada, you’ll want to choose a classic white rum like those from Captain Morgan, Havana Club, and Bacardi. Or – if you really want to amp the tropical taste up – you could go for a fruity flavoured rum such as Malibu Passion Fruit, Bacardi Mango, or Aluna Coconut.
Piña Colada Cocktail Recipe
- 120ml Pineapple Juice
- 60ml White Rum
- 60ml Coconut Cream
- Add a handful of ice to a blender and pulse until crushed
- Place the ice in a tall glass, pour in all the liquid ingredients, and stir well