Celebrated on July 10 every year, today is National Piña Colada Day in the US. The popular cocktail is known throughout the world and deserves more than a passing mention. In India, everyone has had Virgin Piña Colada at least once. It is perhaps one of the most popular mocktails across the country. The cocktail has a colourful history and many interesting facts, some of which you must know next time you’re sipping a Piña Colada.
1 – Piña Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico, a US state, since 1978
2 – Piña means pineapple and colada means strained in Spanish. Essentially, the cocktail translates to strained pineapple, making pineapple juice an essential ingredient in the cocktail.
3 – According to popular legend, Piña Colada was invented by a pirate named Robert Cofresí who was born rich in Puerto Rico but turned into a pirate when the state began failing in the 1800s. Sadly, his exact recipe has been lost forever.
4 – The most widely recognised creator of Piña Colada is that it was created by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, a bartender at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico when he was asked to create a signature drink. Marrero took three months to come up with the recipe of Piña Colada and launched it on August 16, 1954.
5 – In 2010, a cement mixer made 310 litres of Piña Colada, creating the world’s largest Piña Colada.
6 – Rupert Holmes’ song Escape (The Piña Colada Song) put the cocktail on the world map in 1979. Holmes himself never really liked Piña Coladas and called them medicinal.
7 – Almost every tiki bar will have Piña Colada on the menu.
8 – While it’s a classic cocktail, there are many variations of Piña Coladas around the world with the Blue Hawaiian, that adds blue curacao to a classic Piña Colada being the most popular.
9 – Traditional Piña Colada with rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice can have as many as 650 calories.
10 – Thanks to Tiki culture, Piña Colada is one of the few cocktails that can be served fresh inside a cut pineapple or a fresh coconut shell.
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