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You’re not here for a bland Pina Colada recipe, you want the best Pina Colada recipe in the world. I don’t blame you. Honestly I’ve had some pretty bad Pina Coladas in my day. A bad one can ruin the drink you on the drink for a long time. But a good one? Wow! A good Pina Colada is something that can change your entire night.

I’m here to give you the best Pina Colada recipe out there, so you can make it at home and impress your friends with your Caribbean cocktail skills.

Before we jump into the recipe, the drink actually has an interesting history. Here’s a battle for who first created it. All I know is this type of drama tastes great.

History and Origination of the Pina Colada

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. But who first invented the Pina Colada? The drink’s roots take us to the Beachcomber Bar at Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It’s said that today’s “modern Pina Colada recipe” was perfected at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber bar. The story goes that the drink was introduced on August 16th, 1954 by a man named Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. He was under orders from the hotel to come up with a new signature drink that would excite the hotel’s clientele. So Ramon started mixing and the Pina Colada was born.

San Juan Caribe Hilton Pina Colada recipe story

But not so fast. Another bartender at the Caribe Hilton who goes by the name of Ricardo Gracia has claims as well. Ricardo said he invented the drink in 1954 as well, but some say that his Pina Colada was different and included Coco Lopez cream of coconut due to a coconut shortage. I didn’t know Caribbean islands could run out of coconuts, but that is the story.

To deepen the Pina Colada recipe controversy, a third story of the drink’s creation lies with the Restaurant Barrachina. The restaurant’s owner, who claims the invention of the Pina Colada with a plaque by the restaurant’s entrance, says in 1963 the restaurant owner asked for a new drink from bartender Ramon Portas Mingot.

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While the origins or the Pina Colada might be hazy, the taste is not.

Now let’s find out how to make the best Pina Colada recipe in the world.

Best Piña Colada Recipe in the World


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

How to Make: 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.

To make this even better, I often add a Myers Rum floater on top.

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Let me know what your take on the Piña Colada is. Do you have a better way to make one? Should we all travel to San Juan and so some Pina Colada taste testing? Hit us up on Instagram at @CaribbeanCastaways and tag us in a photo of your home made Pina Colada.

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Enjoy your Pina Colada!

Ryan – RumShopRyan

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