The first Piña Colada was served on August 16, 1954, at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico. A few months earlier, its creator, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, was expressly requested by the hotel management to create a new signature cocktail that would impress the star-studded clientele of the Caribe Hilton.
Monchito, accepted the challenge, spent three months of intense blending, shaking and experimenting, till finally Ramón’s perfect Piña Colada was conceived. He would continue to serve his blended tropical treats in the same bar for almost 40 years.
The Piña Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made, linking the ubiquitous local (white) rum with coconut cream and pineapple juice. Piña Colada’s have a tiki-aura and are usually prepared and blended with a scoop of crushed ice. This cocktail may be decorated with pineapple wedges, and an optional cocktail cherry, or even both. Grated coconut, sprinkled on top of the mixture is often used as well, so does the natural use of an orchid.
In 1978 the Piña Colada was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico by the government. In the same year, Mr. Marrero was presented with a color television on the occasion of selling his three-millionth Piña Colada. The Caribe Hilton is said to serve over five hundred Piña Colada’s a day, easily.