It’s National Piña Colada Day! So kick back with a homemade version of the tropical, frothy, boozy cocktail (preferably poured into a hurricane glass) and read up on some fun facts about everyone’s favorite vacation cocktail.
1. The name translates to an ingredient in the drink. Piña means pineapple and colada means strained. So Piña Colada translates to strained pineapple (a.k.a. fresh pineapple juice), an essential ingredient in the cocktail.
2. It took three months to perfect. The origins of the Piña Colada are contested, but the widely accepted version of the story says that it was created on August 16,1954 by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, a bartender at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The hotel asked Marrero to come up with a new signature mixed drink and, after three intense months, the Piña Colada was born.