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07Jun 12

Piña Colada

Piña coladaOne of Puerto Rico’s notable exports is its music, which is probably the predominant Caribbean rhythm heard in the United States. From the soft rhythm of the Puerto Rican danza, to the latest in reggaeton, they are definitely “in” when it comes to music, as is their national drink: the Piña Colada.

The cocktail was introduced in the summer of 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by a barman called Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. The story goes that the hotel manager had requested that “Monchito” come up with a brand new drink that would satisfy the palate of a very distinguished clientele. After three months of blending and shaking, using only national beverages and fruits, the first Piña Colada was served.

The main ingredients to a Piña Colada are coconut milk, white rum and pineapple juice. Rum is the main drink in the whole of the Caribbean. It is distilled from sugarcane. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels.

As time passed, “Monchito” served his famous drink to thousands of hotel guests, including John Wayne and Gloria Swanson. In 1978, Puerto Rico declared the Piña Colada its national drink.

Maybe it’s the extra sweet taste of the cocktail, or maybe it’s the intense aroma of the coconut milk that always reminds people of the Caribbean. In any case, this drink summons images of white sandy beaches of a beautiful place, while the locals dance to the soft rhythm of a Puerto Rican danza.


  • 37.5cl chilled pineapple juice
  • 25cl coconut milk
  • 8cl Malibu coconut rum
  • 2 cups crushed ice

How it’s made:

  1. Pour pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and ice in a blender and blend until combined.
  2. Pour among 4 glasses to serve.
  3. Garnish with a cherry, pineapple slice and umbrella.


Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4 cocktails

Note: If you like fruity tropical drinks without alcohol, try this mango passion. Your designated driver will appreciate it!

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  1. Every time I sip this, I think of the song!! (and now it´s stuck in my head!)

  2. There are worse songs that could get stuck in your head… lol


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