The truth behind Puerto Rico’s pina colada drink , goes back to the Caribbean’s pirates era. According to history, the famous Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí gave his crew a cocktail of rum, coconut and pineapple, with the sole purpose of boosting their morale. When Cofresí died in the early 1800’s the recipe went to his grave with him and nobody knew again about this unique drink until the 1950’s.
In the San Juan’s well-known Caribe Hilton hotel Beachcomber bar, in august 15 1952, Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero Pérez claimed to have invented the piña colada. This statement made by Monchito quickly ignited disputes about who really invented the pina colada. Ricardo García, another Caribe Hilton worker, refutes what has been said by Monchito and declares that he was the real inventor of the pina colada.
Meanwhile in the historical Barrachina restaurant in the Old San Juan, Ramón Portas Mingot states that he was the undeniable creator of the pina colada in 1963. Even though that we’ll never know the truth about the origin of the pina colada, we can be sure that the pina colada will always delight our palates in the most exquisite way.
Now that you are desperate for a real pina colada, with the recipe at the end of the post, you can prepare a perfect pina colada anytime.
- 1.5 oz of rum
- 2 oz Coconut milk
- 2 oz Fresh pineapple juice
Garnish: Cherry and pineapple wedge
How to make piña colada: Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. (You may also blend all the ingredients with crushed ice instead.) Garnish with a cherry and a pineapple wedge. To learn more about other drinks recipes go to the following link http://liquor.com/recipes/pina-colada/.
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