July 10th is National Pina Colada Day

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..If you like Pina Coladas… Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Did you know that July 10th is National Pina Colada day? Don’t worry, unless you drink as much as we do, you probably had no idea but that’s what we’re here for! This cocktail has been famous in Puerto Rico since 1978, and it became more widely known after Ruper Holms released his song “Escape”, commonly known as “The Piña Colada Song”. So we’re starting our celebration early so you’ve got time to make plans to visit your favorite bar, or maybe you’re a do-it-yourself type and want to go buy the necessary ingredients. For the DIY’ers, check out a few different variations on the classic Pina Colada and see which one you like best.

Classic Frozen Pina Colada 

  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
  • Sliced pineapple, for garnish, optional
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes. Add rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Puree. Serve, garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry, if desired.

Strawberry Colada/Miami Vice cocktail

  • Pina Colada & Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Use Pina Colada recipe from above
  • 3/4 cup pureed sweetened frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Puree strawberries in a blender until they reach a smooth consistency.  Add the rum, sugar and lime juice. Add crushed ice to the top of the blender leaving about 1 1/2 inches of room. Blend until liquefied. Take your Pina colada you previously made, and pour each into a cup layering it to your desired design. 

Banana Colada

  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
  • 18 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut

Place bananas and pineapple juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add coconut milk, rum and ice and mix until frothy. Garnish with toasted coconut.

For something with a bit more of a cack try a “Jackolada” which is a traditional Pina Colada topped off with some Jack Daniels whiskey. To each his own right? Have a great weekend and celebrate responsibly!

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Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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