|Served||Frozen: blended with ice|
|Standard garnish||Pineapple slice and/or maraschino cherry|
|Standard drinkware||Poco Grande glass|
|Commonly used ingredients||
|Preparation||Blend all the ingredients with ice in an electric blender, pour into a large goblet or Hurricane glass and serve.|
The piña colada (/ , - -, - -/; Spanish: piña [ˈpiɲa], "pineapple", and colada [koˈlaða], "strained") is a cocktail made with rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both. There are two versions of the drink, both originating in Puerto Rico.
The earliest known story states that in the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew's morale, gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost. Historian Haydée Reichard disputes this version of the story.
The Caribe Hilton Hotel claims Ramón "Monchito" Marrero created the Piña Colada in 1954 while a bartender at the hotel. According to this account, Marrero finally settled upon the recipe for the Piña Colada, which he felt captured the true nature and essence of Puerto Rico. The hotel was presented with a proclamation in 2004 by Puerto Rico Governor Sila M. Calderón celebrating the drink's 50th anniversary.
As recounted by his friends in José L. Díaz de Villegas's book, the original Monchito recipe was to pour 85 grams of cream of coconut, 170 grams of pineapple juice and 43 grams of white rum into a blender or shaker with crushed ice, blend or shake very well until smooth, then pour into chilled glass and garnish with pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry.
There are many recipes for piña colada. The International Bartenders Association specifies it is:
- (5 parts) 5 cl (1.7 US fl oz) white rum
- (3 parts) 3 cl (1.0 US fl oz) coconut cream
- (5 parts) 5 cl (1.7 US fl oz) pineapple juice
Mix with crushed ice in blender until smooth, then pour into a chilled glass, garnish and serve. Alternately, the three main components can simply be added to a cocktail glass with ice cubes.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico the recipe is:
- 1 US fl oz (3.0 cl) heavy cream
- 6 US fl oz (18 cl) frozen freshly pressed pineapple juice
- 1 US fl oz (3.0 cl) cream of coconut
- 2 US fl oz (5.9 cl) rum
Freeze pineapple juice before use. In a blender, combine cream of coconut, frozen pineapple juice, heavy cream and rum. Pour in a desired 12-ounce container and use a cherry and fresh pineapple for a garnish.
Different proportions of the core ingredients, as well as different types of rum, may all be used in the piña colada. Frozen piña coladas are also served. Other named variations include:
- Amaretto colada – with additional amaretto and heavy cream.
- Angostura colada – with additional angostura bitters, lime juice, topped with whipped cream.
- Chi chi – with vodka substituted for rum.
- Lava Flow or Miami Vice – strawberry daiquiri and piña colada layered in one glass.
- Virgin piña colada or piñita colada – without the rum, thus non-alcoholic.
- Kiwi colada – with kiwifruit (fruit and syrup) in place of pineapple juice.
- Soda colada – resembles original recipe but soda is used instead of coconut milk
- Kahlua colada – substitute Kahlua (coffee liqueur) for rum.
- Scotsman colada – substitute Scotch for rum.
- Staten Island Ferry – a cocktail consisting of equal parts Malibu (flavored rum) and pineapple juice served over ice. In flavor it resembles a Piña Colada (due to the coconut flavor of Malibu rum). As it does not require cream of coconut, it is thus more easily prepared in bars that lack the specialty ingredients and blender that a Piña Colada would typically require.
- Caribou Lou – 1 oz of Malibu rum, 1.5 oz of 151 Proof Rum, and 5 oz of Pineapple Juice. Very strong.
- Blue Hawaiian – differs from a piña colada mainly by including blue Curaçao.
- Tequila colada – made by substituting tequila for rum.
- Tepache colada – a piña colada variation using tepache developed by JungleBird in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Recipe calls for 1.5 oz Gold Rum, 2 o oz Tepache and 1.5 oz Coconut Cream.
In popular culture
In the United States, National Piña Colada Day is celebrated on 10 July.
The band 10cc refer to the drink in the song "Dreadlock Holiday" (it is styled on the lyric sheet as "Sinking pena calarta")
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