Do you like Pina Colada? Yeah, so do we. This blended drink is a symbol of poolside bars and tropical vacations. A mix of rum, pineapple, and coconut. Blended or shaken, it’s the perfect start to your summer.
As the legend goes, Pina Colada appeared first back in the 19th century when a Puerto Rican pirate by the name of Roberto Cofresi, mixed coconut, pineapple, and rum into a beverage and gave it to his crew to boost their morale. Unfortunately, when he died in 1825, the recipe died with him.
Another story claims, In 1952, Ramon Marrero Peres, who was a bartender at the Caribe Hilton in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, blended the first Pina Colada.
For almost two decades, Piña Colada enjoyed fame, but in the 1970s the quality dropped. Barkeeps started using cheap mixers and serving the drink in ridiculously large glasses. Fortunately, these days bartenders are taking the craft seriously and are focusing on quality ingredients and the right proportions. In 1978 Puerto Rico proclaimed the cocktail as its official drink.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) White Rum.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) cream of coconut.
- 3 Ounces (90 ml) Fresh Pineapple juice.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) Fresh Lime juice (optional)
- In a blender, combine the rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and lime juice (if you’re using it).
- Add the ice.
- Blend until smooth and pour into a Hurricane glass, (Highball or Collins also works).
- Garnish with a pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.
Pina Colada doesn’t always have to be blended. Here is a lighter, shaken version of the drink.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) white rum.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of fresh pineapple juice.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) cream of coconut.
- 1/2 Ounce (15 ml) fresh lime juice /or 1 lime wedge.
Add rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, and cream of coconut into a shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 20-30 seconds. The drink should now be nice and creamy, strain it into a Hurricane, Collins, or a Highball glass and garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. You can always fill the glass with crushed ice before straining for a lighter Pina Colada.