Do you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain? We do too! This iconic frozen drink highlights the most delicious ingredients the islands have to offer: rum, coconut cream, and pineapple. Substituting piña colada mix makes this easy cocktail even easier, and we have plenty of piña colada recipes. Puerto Rico can't be wrong in making it their national drink!
Delicious, cold, and creamy, piña coladas are the perfect drink during a tropical cruise or to enjoy beach-side. Even if you're not cruising or beach ballin', having one of these bad boy cocktails certainly makes you feel like you are. They are as versatile as they are tasty because they are enjoyable in just about any form. Tipsy Bartender recipes cover everything from the classic colada to jello shots. With this many recipes, there is something for everyone.
But where did piña colada drinks come from? How in the pineapple did it come to be?
The origin of the piña colada is disputed across centuries and continents, but the earliest record of this pineapple coconut drink comes from the 19th century, from Puerto Rican pirate, Roberto Cofresi. Cofresi allegedly created his version of the colada as a morale booster for his crew, and there is no way it didn't work. Ramón "Monchito" Marrero also claims the piña colada in 1954 while bartending at the Caribe Hilton Hotel. Marrero accounts that he wanted to make a drink capturing the spirit of Puerto Rico, and he did a pretty excellent job. Not long after, Barrachina, a restaurant in Puerto Rico, disputed Marrero's claim. Barrachina claims Don Ramon Portas Mingot as the creator in 1963.
Because we don't have a time machine, the origin of this delicious, creamy cocktail will remain frozen in time. Piña colada recipes continue to evolve to become more creative. But they're still just as delicious as the day they were born.