Piña Colada - Everyone's Favorite Tropical Cocktail

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Piña Colada - Everyone's Favorite Tropical Cocktail

What cocktail comes to mind when thinking of beach vacations or other tropical paradises? The Piña Colada is at the top of the list. This classic rum, coconut, and pineapple cocktail is delicious and extremely easy to make.

The Piña Colada

The Piña Colada, Spanish for "strained pineapple," is the official drink of Puerto Rico and the unofficial drink of summer, beach vacations, and tropical paradises everywhere. Made with rum, coconut, and pineapple, this flavorful cocktail, like many cocktails, has a disputed origin story that's as juicy as the cocktail itself.

By most accounts, the Piña Colada was created by Ramón "Monchito" Marrero ay the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico in 1954, making this classic cocktail over 65 years old. However, disputed accounts date the Piña Colada back to the 19th century, where it is said that Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresi served it to his crew to celebrate.

Regardless of its origin, the Piña Colada remains a trendy cocktail experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Once relegated to frozen cocktail machines and poolside blender bars, cocktail enthusiasts are embracing this delicious mix of rum and juices by using fresh ingredients, high-quality cocktail mixers, and experimenting with unique recipe variations.

  

Piña Colada Recipe

Piña Colada Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz Cream of Coconut
  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Garnish: Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Piña Colada Mixing Directions

  • Mix White Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple Juice, and Lime Juice with crushed ice in a blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into a chilled Hurricane Glass
  • Garnish with a a Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry
  • Non-Blended Option: Mix and shake in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice

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Piña Colada Recipe (Official IBA Recipe)

The International Bartenders Association's recipe is slightly different, but just as delicious. 

Piña Colada Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Garnish: Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Piña Colada Mixing Directions

  • Mix White Rum, Coconut Cream, and Pineapple Juice with crushed ice in a blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into a chilled Hurricane Glass
  • Garnish with a a Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry
  • Non-Blended Option: Mix and shake in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice

 

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