It's National Pina Colada Day!

July 10, 2012 4:39 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Pina Colada Day
It's National Pina Colada day (Photo: Creative Commons)

Even though the icy-sweet piña colada was first created on August 15, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton's Beachcomber Bar in Puerto Rico, here in America, we celebrate National Piña Colada day on July 10th. So kick back, relax, and remind yourself that it's 5 o'clock somewhere, and really hot everywhere.

Though the creator of a drink is always open to conjecture, most credit the mixological mind behind the tropical cocktail as belonging to one Mr. Ramon "Monchito" Marrero, head bartender of the Beachcomber. At the time, the Beachcomber enjoyed a start-studded clientele, leading the hotel management to request that Monchito develop a signature drink complex enough to scintillate their palates, yet simple enough to have a mass appeal. With much in the way of gusto, Mr. Marrero rose to the challenge.

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After spending months testing and testing the recipe, he unveiled the drink to his high-profile public. The rest, as they say, is history.

By 1978, Marrero was presented with an award for selling his three-millionth piano colada. That same day, the government declared the piña colada to be the national drink of Puerto Rico. And for reasons unknown, America has chosen to make July 10th our day for it. Raise your glass-- or more appropriately, bend your straws.

Here's how we're celebrating:

The National Piña Colada Day Recipe Round-Up:

1. The Perfect Piña Colada Recipe

2. Piña Colada Jello Shots

3. Pineapple Shrimp Kebabs with Toasted Coconut Chutney

4. Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Dark Rum Buttercream


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