Puerto Rico’s National Drink: The Piña Colada
One of the world’s best known and most famous drinks, the Piña Colada, is a refreshingly sweet cocktail consisting of rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. The ingredients are blended with ice until smooth and served with a wedge of pineapple and cherries as garnish.
The identity of the creator of the famous cocktail is a hotly contested topic. Three different bartenders from Puerto claim the drink to be their own. The first, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, a bartender who worked at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar states that back in 1954 he was tasked by management to create a new drink for the hotel’s exclusive guests, and voilà, the piña colada was born. The second is Ricardo García, another bartender at the Caribe Hilton who alleges to have come up with the recipe that same year. The third bartender that claims to be behind the drink is Ramón Portas Mingot from Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan where there is even a plaque on the entrance commemorating the special day back in 1963.
But wait, the oldest story dates back to the 1800s and credits Roberto Cofresí, the Puerto Rican pirate as the creator of this delicious beverage which he served to his crew to boost morale. Whatever version you choose to believe, one thing is clear, the birthplace of the Piña Colada is undoubtedly here in Puerto Rico and, when in Puerto Rico, this is the drink you need to try.
The popularity of the drink among local and tourists alike earned it the title of Puerto Rico’s national drink in 1978. National Piña Colada Day is celebrated on July 10th. So whether lounging on one of our beautiful beaches or enjoying the sights and sounds of our lively nightlife, you can enjoy a luscious and light Piña Colada wherever you are.