It’s National Piña Colada Day!
The Piña Colada may be the most recognized tropical rum drink of all time and goes down perfectly whether you’re sitting in your backyard in the suburbs or on a sun-soaked stretch of beach in the lower latitudes. Piña Colada Day is even the ‘stuff songs are made of’.The ‘Piña Colada Song’ tells of a man who is bored with his current marriage because it has become routine and he desires some variety. One night, he reads the personal advertisements in the newspaper and spots an ad that catches his attention: a woman who is seeking a man who, among other little things, must like piña coladas. he takes out an ad in reply and arranges to meet the woman “at a bar called O’Malley’s”, only to find upon the meeting that the woman is actually his current partner.
The piña colada, means “strained pineapple” in Spanish, which makes perfect sense. A traditional recipe calls for pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice.
If you like piña coladas fix yourself an ice cold drink, top it with a mini umbrella, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day!
There have been many variations to the Piña Colada over the years, but we stick with the simple original. In case you’ve forgotten the recipe, here’s the one that I use.
2 ounces of gold rum
3 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ounce of coconut cream
Instructions: Blend all ingredients with a cup of ice. Serve in a tall glass and garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge. If you happen to have a little umbrella handy, put that in too, but it’s not necessary.