Puerto Rico The Caribe Hilton hotel in Puerto Rico claims to be the birthplace of the Piña Colada.

Published on July 10th, 2013 | by Mark Chesnut

The Caribe Hilton hotel in Puerto Rico claims to be the birthplace of the Piña Colada.

It’s National Piña Colada Day — Toast with the Original Recipe

National Piña Colada Day is July 10, so what better way to celebrate than with a toast with what very well may be the original recipe for the popular cocktail?

Most people agree that San Juan, Puerto Rico is the birthplace of this very Caribbean creation. But no one can prove for sure where exactly in San Juan the drink was invented. The Caribe Hilton hotel is one of the places that lays claim to the honor; according to hotel officials, a bartender named Ramón “Monchito” Marrero concocted the frothy coconut-infused beverage back in 1954, and he continued to serve it at the hotel for another 35 years.

Since the Caribe Hilton — which is centrally located between the Condado district and Old San Juan, next to a couple lovely Puerto Rico beaches — was kind enough to share their own recipe with LatinFlyer.com, we’ll give that Puerto Rico beach hotel the benefit of the doubt. So get out your book of cocktail recipes and jot this one down — then enjoy a toast courtesy of Monchito.

Bartender Ramón "Monchito" Marrero supposedly invented the Piña Colada at the Caribe Hilton in 1954.

Bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero supposedly invented the Piña Colada at the Caribe Hilton in 1954.

The Original Piña Colada

Ingredients: 

2 oz. White Rum

1 oz. Coconut Cream

1 oz. Heavy Cream

6 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

½ cup Crushed Ice

Directions:

Add the rum, coconut cream, heavy cream and pineapple juice together in a blender. Add  ice and blend for about 15 seconds or until smooth. Serve in a 12-ounce glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Happy Piña Colada Day!

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The founder and editor of LatinFlyer.com, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.


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