1. It is thought the Pina Colada was being drunk as far back as the 1800’s, and by pirates no less. Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí used the pineapple, coconut and rum cocktail to lift the spirits of his crew. Sadly this original version of the recipe was lost after Roberto’s death in 1825 but we’re guessing it was pretty rum heavy.
2. It wasn’t until 1954 that the drink was brought back to life, Bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero is now cited as the drinks official inventor. Ramon worked on the definitive recipe for months in an attempt to encapsulate the essence of Puerto Rico before settling on the Pina Colada.
3. Ramon served the drink for 35 years at the Caribe Hilton before The Pina Colada was officially made the national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978.
4. Rupert Holmes who penned the famous song Escape (The Pina Colada Song) doesn’t like the cocktail, saying it tastes medicinal. He’s wrong. It’s delicious!
5. The famous line originally said ‘if you like Humphrey Bogart’ but was replaced with the “first exotic drink” Rupert could think of.
6. Originally titled ‘Escape’ initial sales of the record were slow as despite its popularity people called it by the name of the cocktail. Reluctantly Rupert Holmes agreed to change the name to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and the record went straight to number 1.
The Best Recipe I found for the perfect Pina Colada –
• 6 – 8 cups ice
• 1 cups fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
• 7 ounces coconut cream
• 1 lime juiced
• 3 ounces coconut rum
• 1 ounce simple syrup
• pineapple wedges for garnish
• lime slices for garnish
• maraschino cherry for garnish
1. Fill the blender with ice and blend it into a powdery snow, transfer to a bowl and place in the freezer while you make the rest of the drink.
2. Add the pineapple, coconut cream, lime juice, coconut rum, and simple syrup to the blender and blend until smooth.
3. Add 1 1/2 cups of the powdered ice to each of two large glasses, divide the liquid mixture evenly among the glasses and stir to combine.
4. Garnish glasses and serve
Some good puns I found about Pina Colada’s to use on my stationery:
- Party like a pineapple.
- You are the Pina to my Colada.
- You are one fineapple.
- Pina Cola-duh?
- Tropic like it’s hot.