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Pina Colada Recipe: A Taste of Paradise

By Andrew Burgon /
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October 17, 2013

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Pina Colada Recipe & History: Welcome to Paradise

The Pina Colada is a dreamy concoction of rum, pineapple and coconut cream. A drink that transports you to balmy beaches and picture perfect sunsets. I can feel my feet in the sand and water already just thinking about it!


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This is one of those cocktails where you may need to experiment a bit. Keep trying with different amounts of ingredients till you get the thumbs up from your taste buds and the cheer leaders come out! The recipe below is generous on pineapple juice.

Several chunks of pineapple or 3oz. (90 ml) of fresh pineapple juice
2 oz. (60ml) Bacardi Superior white rum
2 oz. (60ml) Coconut cream
1 cup crushed ice
1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
Garnish: A pineapple triangle, maraschino cherry

* The original recipe of Monchito is said to be 3 ounces of coconut cream, 7 ounces of pineapple juice and 1.5 ounces of white rum.


1. Place the ingredients into a blender and blend until you have achieved a smooth consistency.

2. Pour into a chilled glass and add a garnish. Ideally, a cherry and pineapple triangle.

History of the Pina Colada

This tropical classic is the national drink of Puerto Rico. It’s origin is a contested one. The most popular story seems to be that of Ramon “Monchito” Marrero who is said to have introduced the drink at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan in 1954. He was prompted by management to make a new signature drink to please their star-studded clientele. He experimented with different kinds of ingredients till he made this incredible drink.

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