Recipe: Perfect pina coladas

More than just a tasty summer cocktail, the pina colada has a sweet history. Part of Puerto Rico’s past, present and future, there are many varieties that have evolved over the year.

So enjoy International Piña Colada Day on 10th July. True fans of the famous tropical drink will know it was invented in Puerto Rico where, according to island sources, Hollywood legend Joan Crawford famously declared the piña colada as “better than slapping Bette Davis in the face!”

The sweet mix of coconut cream, pineapple juice, white rum, and ice was born in the island’s capital, San Juan.

Piña Colada at Toro Verde.

Here’s how to master the basics. Experiment with fresh fruit and pair with platters of spicy seafood, shrimp or fish. It will give you a taste of holidays in your own garden.


  • 60ml of coconut cream
  • 120ml pineapple juice
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • 60ml white rum
  • Cherries, pineapple wedges and whipped cream for toppings

In a blender, mix the coconut cream, pineapple juice, ice and rum until all the ingredients are blended smoothly. Pour the drink into a glass and top with whipped cream before garnishing with the cherries and pineapple wedges.

No matter where the piña colada is enjoyed, its distinctive taste can transport the mind to the stunning beaches, colourful cities and stylish hotel bars of Puerto Rico where food and drink is at the very heart of the island’s rich culture.

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