Known as the official drink of Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada was created in San Juan and has become a staple cocktail enjoyed all over the world. See below for more history

Just one sip and your surroundings are transformed to a tropical beach on the island of St. Somewhere. Put your nose next to a glass and it’s intoxicating aroma will make you forget all your worries and starting planning your next Caribbean vacation.

Here is the Best Piña Colada recipe in the world. If you dare to make it even better, float some Myers dark rum. It tastes like Christmas morning.

Best Piña Colada Recipe in the World

  • 6 oz Bacardi Black rum
  • 8 oz Cream of coconut (Coco Lopes)
  • 8 oz Pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • 1 wedge Pineapple

Combine Rum, Cream of Coconut and Pineapple Juice in a regular sized blender. Blend on low speed to mix liquid ingredients. Fill blender to top with ice. Blend on high speed until ice is grainy. Pour into hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge. Raise glass and toast.

Story of the Beachcomber Bar at Caribe Hilton, San Juan

The modern recipe is believed to have been perfected at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to the legend, it was introduced on August 16, 1954 by Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. The hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its starstudded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after three intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first modern Piña Colada was born. One of the primary ingredients is cream of coconut, and Coco López cream of coconut (which is the pioneer) was invented in 1954 at the University of Puerto Rico by Ramón López Irizarry. This story is supported by José L. Díaz De Villegas in his book Puerto Rico La Gran Cocina Del Caribe. (Info from Wikipedia)

Let me know what your take on the Piña Colada is. Do you have a better recipe? Please share!

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  1. Brian August 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Thirsty work reading this article :o)

    Just to add. Barrachina restaurant in Old San Juan also claims to be the birthplace of the Original Pina Colada, and they have a plaque on the wall too, though the date they state is 1963.

  2. RumShopRyan August 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    You’re correct Brian. I guess it’s quite the controversy in San Juan about who actually invented the pina colada.

    I’ve read that Cuba maybe has a claim to the birth of this great drink.

    Who ever invented it I want so say thanks…and cheers!

  3. Laura August 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Yum! Going to get the blender ready for 5 o’clock.
    I like mine topped with spiced rum =)

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    RumShopRyan August 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Spice it up Laura! Cheers!

  5. Sarajevo February 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Make me wanna drink Pina Colada this very next Saturday!!!

  6. Courtney July 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    A chef friend in Sarasota said to also add a small dash of good non-pulp orange juice and a bigger dash of half and half.

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