A pineapple walks into a bar. The bartender says “We’ve got a cocktail named after you.” The pineapple replies “That’s so strange; you have a cocktail called Philip?”
Seriously though, the Pina Colada is an exceptionally popular drink on the beach, in the club and, now, at home. It was invented in Puetro Rico at the Caribe Hilton Hotel and you can just picture it going down: It’s the summer of 1954 and hotel management has asked Ramón "Monchito" Marrero to create a brand new signature drink for the demanding clientele. He mixes together white rum (about which we could talk about forever), pineapple juice (see joke above) and coconut cream from a local supplier called Coco Lopez. The next thing you know, it’s a smash hit and by 1978 3 million of them had sold worldwide. We know this because Coco Lopez (we know the site isn’t great) gave Ramon Marrero an award and, on the same day, the Puerto Rican government announced the Pina Colada as its national drink. There must have been a ton of them drunk on that day, no doubt.
There are a few stories of similar recipes dating back a 150 years about some pirate who fed his crew some concoction of rum and pineapples to keep them at bay, but that’s just hearsay, as it often is with pirate stories.
There’s also that song by that weird dude in the early 80’s Rupert Holmes who released his song “Escape” or, as it has become to be known “the Pina Colada song”. You know the one: “If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain...”
Anyway, we digress. We’re actually here to talk about our Pina Colada. It’s basically a tropical island that’s ready to go wherever you want it to. And we’ve got a ton of cool places all over South Africa to enjoy them – just check out our fans going nuts on Zuckerface.
We hope you’re all having a great summer so far. Cheers.