Creation of the Piña Colada

With a shake and splash of rum, the famed national drink of Puerto Rico, the piña colada, was officially created on August 16, 1954. The momentous event occurred at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by cocktail artist and bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. Monchito had been tasked with creating a new signature drink for the hotel.  After three months of arduous work, blending, experimenting, and presumably, tasting numerous trials, the official drink was completed. The piña colada, which literally translates as “strained pineapple”, is made from pineapple, creamed coconut, and rum.  You do not have to be Latinx to enjoy it.

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