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A little history ... (excerpt


The PIÑA COLADA (Spanish for "Pressed pineapple") is a very sweet cocktail made with light rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice (or chopped pineapple), originally from Puerto Rico.


History of the Piña Colada
There are several versions about the origin of this drink. Some testimonies speak of "pineapple and rum based drinks", but without coconut milk, since the 1920s.
An initial reference to a drink called Piña Colada made from rum, coconut and pineapple is found in the April 16, 1950 edition of the New York Times

« Drinks in the West Indies range from Martinique's famous rum punch to Cuba's pina colada (rum, pineapple and coconut milk). Key West has a variety of lime swizzles and punches, and Granadians use nutmeg in their rum drinks. »


« I cocktails delle Indie Occidentali variano dal famoso punch al rum della Martinica alla pina colada di Cuba (rum, ananas e latte di cocco). A Key West ci sono numerosi swizzles al lime e punch, e gli abitanti di Grenada usano noce moscata nei loro drink al rum. »

(New York Times, 16 aprile 1950)

Another version recognizes the Piña Colada as a typical drink of Puerto Rico, a country where it is said to have been created for the first time in 1963 by Don Ramon Portas Mingot, who, trying to create an original fruit-based cocktail, prepared the first Piña Colada. In Old San Juan there is a

marble commemorative plaque to commemorate this event.targa dedicata alla Piña colada

The marble plaque that testifies to the "birth" of the Piña Colada in Old San Juan.

 It is therefore likely that in a large part of the Caribbean, as early as the 1950s, this type of drink was known, simply called "poured pineapple", but it was in 1963 that it was made official with the name of Piña Colada and taken as a Puerto Rican national drink. . The Piña Colada has many points in common with another cocktail: the Swimming Pool, which in some variations is almost entirely close to the Puerto Rican drink.

OFFICIAL RECIPE IBA (International Bartender's Association)




  • 3 cl White Rum
  • 9 cl Pineapple juice
  • 3 cl Coconut milk
In my opinion, what you will see in the video is the most correct way to serve a drink with the same flavor all year round. It is logical that it will never be like drinking it in Puerto Rico but it is approaching and in Europe it is already a good result. Moreover, in the activity we must also keep in mind the costs and this form of preparing the PIÑA COLADA is for me the most balanced form. Now watch the video, I really hope it is to your taste, I put a lot of effort to prepare these things for newbies in the trade. I really hope it will serve to increase the level of preparation of those people who at the beginning of the business and not having the luck of a good teacher, still want to improve. I would be glad if you like it so much as to offer me a coffee. Thank you with all my heart...

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