November 3, 2020
“If you like piña coladas, and gettin’ caught in the rain,
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain,
If you like makin’ love at midnight in the dunes on the cape,
Then I’m the love that you’ve looked for, write to me and escape”.
-Rupert Holmes, ‘Escape’
The Piña Colada’s origin can be traced back to the 19th century in Puerto Rico by a Pirate named Roberto Cofresi, however, it died with him in 1825 – we cannot confirm or deny if he had a wooden leg or a patch over his eye.
It made a come back in the 1950’s where it was claimed to be created (or recreated) by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero at the Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico. He mixed this baby up and BOOM – it became everyone’s summer tropical treat!
In fact, in 1978, Puerto Rico proclaimed the cocktail as its official drink! And in 1979, Rupert Holmes released everyone’s favourite song, “Escape”… You know… “if you like pina colada’s… getting caught in the rain.”
- 60ml Malibu
- 30ml coconut cream
- 90ml pineapple juice
- 20ml simple syrup
- 15ml lime juice
- Pineapple wedge
- 6 ice cubes
- Pour rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, simple syrup, lime and ice into a blender (or NutriBullet).
- Blend and strain into a chilled glass, ideally in the shape of a pineapple for fun!
- Garnish with pineapple – fresh or dehydrated and a pineapple leaf if you have one.