Pina Colada

The history of the Pina Colada is unclear, however, some have stated that in it was in 1957 that a San Juan bartender created this mixture of unique flavours of Puerto Rico. In contrast however, others have suggested that the man responsible for the Pina Colada was not in fact from the Caribbean but from Europe instead. Ricardo Gracia, born in Barcelona Spain in 1914 was said to have invented this cocktail.

Moving forward and regardless of its origin, the Pina Colada is now known as the official beverage of Puerto Rico. With its widespread popularity, today, the Pina Colada is a modern classic enjoyed worldwide.

The Recipe

This recipe serves 1

  • 1 measure white/golden rum
  • 2 measures coconut cream
  • 2 measures pineapple juice
  • Garnish: A slice of pineapple and/or a maraschino cherry or a slice of orange

Add all the ingredients into a blender along with a scoop of crushed ice and blend. Pour into a sours or Collins glass and decorate with the desired garnish.


  • For a non alcoholic version cut out the rum to create a refreshing Virgin Pina Colada.
  • You may find that some use dark rum in the recipes as an addition to or instead of light rum.
  • Why not substitute the rum for vodka to create a Chi Chi.

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