Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

A Brief History to Celebrate National Pina Colada Day, July 10

Like most of the entries in the great canon of cocktail classics, the true origins of the Piña Colada are about as clear as the drink itself.

At least three different bartenders from Puerto Rico claim the island’s official beverage as their own. Though two worked at Caribe Hilton Hotel's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan when they supposedly came up with it, the nearly ten year discrepancy in their timelines doesn’t exactly validate either of their accounts. Another takes credit for inventing it even later at the Barrachina Restaurant in San Juan, where today there’s still a plaque on the wall commemorating the birth.

But there’s considerable evidence to show that the practice of mixing prescribed amounts of white rum, pineapple and coconut for a delicious and refreshing respite from the heat dates back even further.

According to John Mariani's Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, the words Pina Colada, which translate to “strained pineapple,” first appeared in print in 1923. But legends have Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí serving a mixture of rum, pineapple and coconut to his ship’s crew to help boost morale as far back as the 1800s.

No matter which origin myth you accept as truth on National Piña Colada Day, which is coming up on July 10, here are some recipes from Don Q Rum to help you get to the bottom of the mystery in a succession of satisfying sips.

Don Q Piña Colada

1½ oz. Don Q Gold rum or Don Q Cristal rum
2 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Coconut cream
One Pineapple slice
One Cherry

Mix rum, juice, coconut cream and ice in a blender at high speed.
Serve in a tulip glass.
Garnish with pineapple slice and cherry


Skinny Pina Colada Infusion

Infusion:
750 ml Don Q Cristal
1 Pineapple (Remove the pineapple's head, peel the fruit and remove the core, slice the fruit into spears)
1-liter jar
Pour rum into the jar and seal, allowing to infuse for up to three days, then strain the rum into a different jar and discard Pineapple

Cocktail:
3 oz Pineapple Infused rum
4 cups Ice
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
3 oz cream of coconut
2 oz coconut milk
2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 lime
1 pinch grated nutmeg

Piña Mojito

1½ oz. Don Q Cristal rum
1 oz. Fresh key lime juice
1 oz. Simple syrup*
Splash Sparkling mineral water
Two ½” fresh pineapple cubes
Eight Mint leaves
1 tsp. Small diced pineapple
One Mint sprig

Muddle pre-cut wedges of one of the spent key lime shells, hand-chopped mint leaves, juice and cubed pineapple.
Add rum, syrup and ice, then shake.
Pour into a cocktail glass.
Top with sparkling mineral water.
Garnish with diced pineapple and mint sprig.

*Simple syrup: dissolve 8 oz. granulated sugar in 8 oz. hot water.

Photo: Flickr user dreamingofariz


Tags: Cocktails, Education, Holiday, News, Rum, Spirits
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Ed Lazzerini says his goal is clear - to make world class wine in Pennsylvania. From the taste of it, he is well on his way. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 21, 2020
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

In this history segment, we take a closer look at a classic cocktail: The Boulevardier....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 2, 2020
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

Power the Polls PA is looking for unemployed restaurant workers to work the polls and will pay for their time....read more ›

by Drink Philly Sep 16, 2020
You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

Restaurants throughout the Center City limits are offering pre-made cocktails in special take out containers...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 18, 2020
Cocktails to Go in Bars & Restaurants Legalized in PA During Lockdown: Here's Where to Get Them in Philadelphia

Cocktails to Go in Bars & Restaurants Legalized in PA During Lockdown: Here's Where to Get Them in Philadelphia

Bars & restaurants in PA can now sell cocktails-to-go. Here's where to find them in Philadelphia...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 21, 2020
Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Right now the hospitality industry is—to put it lightly—struggling. We created a resource directory for an...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Mar 20, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Bars and restaurants are officially closed (and offering take-out and delivery only), so your favorite bartend...read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2020
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close