It's one of our favourite days of the year - it's National Pina Colada Day! With fresh pineapple, coconut and a splash of white rum, this is our favourite drink for warm summer evenings... but how much do you know about the Pina Colada?
History of the Pina Colada:
It is thought the Pina Colada was being drunk as far back as the 1800s, and by pirates no less. Puerto Rican pirate (yes, pirate!) Roberto Cofresí used the pineapple, coconut and rum cocktail to lift the spirits of his crew. Sadly this original version of the recipe was lost after Roberto’s death in 1825 but we’re guessing it was pretty heavy on the rum side of things.
It wasn’t until 100 or so years later in 1954 that the drink was brought back to life by Bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero, who is now cited as the drinks official inventor. Ramon worked on the definitive recipe for months in an attempt to encapsulate the essence of Puerto Rico before settling on what most of us know as the Pina Colada.
Ramon served the drink for 35 years at the luxurious Caribe Hilton hotel before The Pina Colada was officially made the national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978 - nearly 200 years after the pirates made it their drink of choice!
Did you know?
There almost wasn’t a Pina Colada Song. 'Escape', the famous song from Rupert Holmes (more commonly known as 'The Pina Colada Song') nearly left out any mention of the cocktail. The original lyrics were: 'If you like Humphrey Bogart and getting caught in the rain.' Luckily, Holmes changed them at the last moment!
Also, the song didn’t get off to a great start with just the title of ‘Escape’, leading to Rupert’s team to persuade him to change the title to ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’. As soon as he did, the single shot straight to number one in the charts…
Did you know that Pina Colada literally translates to ‘pineapple strained’?
The world’s largest Pina Colada was 310 litres! That's right, the non-Guinness-confirmed world’s largest Pina Colada was created at London’s Rumfest in 2010. They used a cement mixer in place of the world’s largest blender.
Want to treat yourself to a delicious Pina Colada? While the best way to create ours has been a heated topic in the Bubble T offices (everyone uses a different amount of well, everything), one thing’s for sure - we’re keeping our hands clean with our new 70% alcohol hand gel in… you guessed it, Pina Colada!