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National Pina Colada Day

Break out the rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice and fire up the blender.  Sunday is National Pina Colada Day!!!

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If you like Pina Coladas……

July is filled up with strange holidays and we plan to acknowledge each and every one of them……especially those that celebrate booze.  So, prepare now, Sunday just happens to be National Pina Colada Day.  

The Pina Colada may be the most recognized tropical rum drink of all time and goes down perfectly whether you’re sitting in your backyard in the suburbs or on a sun-soaked stretch of beach in the lower latitudes.  We’re not quite sure who gave this tropical concoction its very own holiday, but we’d like to be their friend.

Like most iconic drinks, the origin of the Pina Colada is in dispute.  Several bar owners claim to be the first to serve this tropical concoction and the stories seem to get better with time.  Ramon “Monchito” Marrero, a ’50′s era bartender at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, has been credited as the creator of the Pina Colada in many cocktail books, but some think that its origins go back much further, even as far as the 1800′s.  The true story may never be uncovered, but the lore behind the drink is part of the fun.    

There have been many variations to the Pina Colada over the years, but we stick with the simple original.  In case you’ve forgotten the recipe, here’s the one that we use.

Pina Colada
2 ounces of gold rum
3 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ounce of coconut cream

Instructions: Blend all ingredients with a cup of ice. Serve in a tall glass and garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge.  If you happen to have a little umbrella handy, put that in too, but it’s not necessary. 

Enjoy your weekend everybody and don’t forget to get those blenders humming on Sunday.  Cheers!