Drink This Now: The Original Piña Colada From The Caribe Hilton In Puerto Rico

National Piña Colada Day is July 10th so, naturally, our Drink of the Week is the O.G. from the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Piña Colada was created at the hotel in 1954 by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero by mixing rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice.

The drink was served personally by the creator for 35 years while he worked as a bartender at the hotel, and in 1978, the Piña Colada was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico. In 2004, Caribe Hilton was presented with a proclamation signed by Puerto Rico’s Governor Sila María Calderón.

“The Piña Colada, which took Ramon “Monchito” Marrero three months to perfect, was created at Caribe Hilton to capture the true flavor and essence of Puerto Rico, and it does just that. Although the original remains a favorite 63 years later, our Clear Colada offers a modern take on the classic, without compromising the delicious and authentic flavors.” – Erik Fois, Food & Beverage Director

Piña Colada Recipe and Preparation

  • 2 oz. Puerto Rican Rum
  • 1 oz. Coconut Cream
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • 6 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 cup Crushed Ice

Mix rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender. Add ice and blend for 15
seconds. Serve in a 12-oz. glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.

Caribe Hilton Details

1 Calle San Gerónimo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico, @caribehilton


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