It's Not Summer Without Pina-Colada

Posted by Sarah V. Hayes on Jul 8th 2020

It's Not Summer Without Pina-Colada

Olivia and Savannah holding a Pina Colada mix......not buying!

Now here is a flavor you don’t hear much about. Being summertime, we can’t help but not think of bright colors, cold drinks and fruity ice pops. This popular mix is known to entice any person this time of year, whether containing alcohol or not. I like these drinks best, as a virgin order anyway. Welcome Pina Colada Day on July 10th!

This rum-based fudge includes a mixture of cream of coconut and pineapple juice. The term Pina Colada means “strained pineapple,” says National Day Calendar. Created by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero at the Caribe Hilton in 1954, this drink surely impressed many. Including one of Hollywood’s finest, Joan Crawford, who stated the drink was “better than slapping Bette Davis in the face.” While Marrero spent three months experimenting with hundreds of concoctions before labeling the Pina Colada, he decided to retire after 35 years.

While “Mochito” may not be serving drinks anymore, his legacy lives on in the drinks he created and inspired. However, contrary to popular belief, another bartender who worked at the same place, interestingly enough, claimed he was the creator of such a fruity drink. While “Mochito’s” drink can not be ignored, neither can the Spanish man Ricardo Gracia.

Interviewed by Coastal Living Magazine in 2005, Gracia claims that due to a strike of the coconut-cutter’s union in 1954, he was unable to serve this drink. Not being able to serve with the drinks’ sliced coconut, he instead poured the drink into a hollowed-out pineapple. After proving its popularity, Gracia added freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice to the blend of rum and cream of coconut. While Pina-Colada means strained pineapple in Spanish, whose story will you believe?

While forcing your brain to make a judgement over this urgent matter, special order this flavor and then decide.