The Original Pina Colada

Puerto Rico

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    ; can be Multiplied as Desired
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By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

Ramon “Monchito” Marrero Perez knows a thing or two about piña coladas. The bar in San Juan where he works serves more than three hundred of these tropical refreshers a day. Perez claims to have invented the piña colada on a steamy summer day in 1954. Actually, according to Webster’s, the term piña colada first appeared in print in 1923. Rum and pineapple juice had been a popular Puerto Rican cocktail for decades (if not centuries). Perez’s innovation lay in adding coconut cream for