National Pina Colada Day

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2024 DateJuly 10, 2024
2025 DateJuly 10, 2025

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National Pina Colada Day History

National Pina Colada Day is dedicated to appreciating the sweet, fruity cocktail known as the Pina Colada. This iconic drink made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, garnished typically with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry, is synonymous with tropical vacations and beachside relaxation. The day is observed by thousands across the globe, with individuals indulging in the drink to pay homage to its tropical allure and unique flavors.

The exact origins of the National Pina Colada Day are unclear, much like the debatable beginnings of the drink itself. However, the day has been recognized for several years now, with people engaging in a range of activities to celebrate. These could involve preparing homemade pina coladas, visiting local bars and restaurants for special promotions tied to the event, or even participating in social media challenges related to the drink.

National Pina Colada Day is not just about enjoying the cocktail but also about understanding its origin and its cultural significance. Increasingly, this day has become an opportunity for connoisseurs and cocktail lovers to delve into the world of mixology and to experiment with variations of the classic Pina Colada. National Pina Colada Day is observed on July 10th each year, providing a summer-filled excuse for people to enjoy this delicious tropical concoction.

National Pina Colada Day facts

  • Piña means pineapple and colada means strained in Spanish. Together the cocktail translates to strained pineapple, thus making pineapple juice an essential ingredient in the drink.
  • It is believed that the piña colada was created in 1954 by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, a bartender at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s said Marrero was asked to create a signature drink and that he took 3 months to come up with the recipe for the piña colada.
  • A traditional piña colada with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice can have as many as 650 calories.
  • One of the earliest stories of the Piña Colada dates back to the 19th century. Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí – to boost his crew's morale – gave them a beverage that contained pineapple, coconut and white rum. The recipe got lost after the death of Cofresi in 1825.

Top things to do for National Pina Colada Day

  • Visit your local bar and order piña coladas. You can also try variations such as a blue Hawaiian which has blue curacao added to the classic cocktail.
  • Make piña coladas! Here is a tasty recipe.
  • Invite friends over for a cocktail night. You can provide ingredients and fruit for different variations.

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