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Break Out The Rum and Celebrate National Piña Colada Day

July 9, 2013 By: Kristen Santoro

Piña ColadaNo matter where you are a piña colada is a great was to sit back, relax and enjoy a little taste of summer. And you don’t need to be on the beach to sip on this refreshing tropical cocktail.  So, break out the rum, Hawaiian shirts and umbrellas to celebrate National Piña Colada Day on July 10th!

The pineapple, coconut and rum concoction is wildly popular anywhere there is a Caribbean breeze and was featured in the famous song Escape sung by Jimmy Buffett. Piña coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the term, “piña colada” means “strained pineapple” in Spanish.  

A traditional recipe calls for pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice. However, these days most piña coladas are blended rather than shaken and strained. As the most recognized tropical rum drink of all time you would be doing your customers an injustice by not offering up a signature piña colada on National Piña Colada Day!

Here is a traditional piña colada recipe courtesy of Malibu Rum.

2 parts (100 ml) Malibu
1 part (50 ml) coconut cream
1 part (50 ml) pineapple juice
Fresh pineapple wedges

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add Malibu and coconut cream. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top off with pineapple juice. Garnish with fresh pineapple.


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