Thursday, August 16, 2012

National Rum Day, The Original Piña Colada

It is National Rum Day.  Drink rum with purpose!  Drink Rum with Resolve!

My good friends at Esquire are always up on these things and have a few suggestions on
how to enjoy the holidays.  Worth the price of admission:


The Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto wanted a new drink, one that would highlight the history of Puerto Rico but with a new twist that would appeal to the foreign visitors of the bar. Mr. Ramón Marrero, a bartender who worked at the Beachcomber was charged with creating the drink. Marrerro worked for months on the creation using the well known Don Q rum as a base. One of the specialty ingredients in the new drink would be the coconut cream that Coco López had just been invented.

In the end Marrero created a tasty, tropical drink unlike any other. On this day in 1954 the first Piña Colada was sold. The drink was an instant hit and by 1978, the three-millionth piña colada was sold and the government declared the Piña Colada to be the official drink of Puerto Rico. His original drink recipe follows:

The Historical Inebriant: The Original Piña Colada

3 oz. coconut cream
6 oz. pineapple juice
1½ oz of white rum
Pour all ingredients into a blender or shaker with crushed ice, and blend or shake very well until smooth. Pour into chilled glass, garnish with pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry.

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