Before we get into a full background of this Classic Piña Colada recipe, here are some similar cocktails you'll probably like: the Blue Passion Piña Colada
, the Passion Fruit Piña Colada
, the Piña Colada Shot
, the Pomegranate Mimosa
, the Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa
, and the Caribbean Sunset Rum Punch.
Now, as far as this super sexy Classic Piña Colada recipe is concerned, according to the Piña Colada wiki page
, "[t]he piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978." So, way to go Puerto Rico, 'cause just about everybody loves the Classic Piña Colada mixed drink recipe. Oh, and the name Piña Colada literally means "strained pineapple," so you know what this drink is all about. (The fact that the Piña Colada recipe calls for fresh, strained pineapple juice, in case you needed help figuring that one out.) In regards to the Classic Piña Colada's history, the Piña Colada wiki notes that The earliest available origin story says that Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, invented it in the 19th century. It concocted the beverage in order to boost his crew's morale. Although in 1825, when Confresí died, the original recipe was lost. There are, of course, conflicting origin stories, with Barrachina, a Puerto Rican restaurant, claiming that "a traditional Spanish bartender Don Ramon Portas Mingot in 1963 created what became the world's famous drink: the Piña Colada." It should also be noted that the very first Piña Colada wasn't actually alcoholic — in fact, it was more like a milkshake that called for heavy cream, Coco Lopez brand
cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and either a cherry or pineapple garnish. So if you're looking to whip out a fun piña colada fact at your next party, keep that one in mind. Oh, also, there's a National Piña Colada day that's celebrated in Puerto Rico on July 10th.
CLASSIC PIÑA COLADA
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) White Rum
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Cream of Coconut
4 1/2 oz. (135ml) Pineapple Juice
Garnish: Pineapple Slice/Maraschino Cherry
1. Add ice, white rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut to blender. Combine until smooth.
2. Pour mix into hurricane glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.