Learn Your Cocktail: Piña Colada

By Betchy Crocker

We all know and worship the first drink you probably ever had a “virgin” version of. We’ve moved on to bigger and better, but the Piña Colada will remain in our hearts forever.

It translates literally to “strained pineapple” which honestly sounds gross, but refers to the freshly pressed pineapple juice used to make this beachy and betchy treat.

The drink was created in Puerto Rico (hollerrrrr past spring break) by one of three bartenders, all of who continually bitch about who came up with it first.

  • Ramón 'Monchito' Marrero Pérez – no relation to Inigo Montoya – claims he came up with the Piña Colada in San Juan at the Caribe Hilton Hotel's Beachcomber Bar back in 1952
  • Ricardo García, who also worked at the Caribe and was probs butthurt about Ramón not promoting him or something, says that it was he who invented the drink
  • Lastly, Ramón Portas Mingot says he created it in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan, which the restaurant still claims today

All you really need to know is that Piña Colada Day is celebrated on the islands on July 10 and that there is also a rumor that some pirate invented the drink to boost his crew’s morale. Problem solved.


  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 oz coconut milk
  • 6 oz pineapple juice

Mix all of the ingredients with crushed ice until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass, garnish with a giant piece of pineapple, and serve.




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