the return of the 'Piña colada'
Is the piña colada ever a fashionable drink or is it always in fashion in its own kind of way?
The earliest known story states that in the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew's morale, gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada.
With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost.
Cocktails command a leading role in Puerto Rico’s gastronomic narrative. The piña colada hails from capital city San Juan, but the identity of its inventor remains in dispute.
In 1978, the piña colada was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico. In 2004, Caribe Hilton Hotel was presented with a proclamation signed by Puerto Rico’s Governor Sila María Calderón in honour of the 50th anniversary of the beverage.
Wherever, whoever or whenever it was created, it has remained an all-time classic, loved and hated at the same time.
We like to think that the pirate Roberto Cofresi created it and if only he knew that it is still boosting people’s morale nearly 200 years later!!
Come and try our classic piña colada on the new pool and garden cocktail menu for August at Flora!!