Food For Thought: A Short History of Piña Colada 9 years ago

Food For Thought: A Short History of Piña Colada

We need food and drink to survive, to nourish us and to keep us in tip-top shape. But did you ever wonder about the history behind certain drinks?

This week we’re bringing you the history behind the Piña Colada.


The origin of the delicious cocktail drink is contested between three Puerto Rican bartenders who claim ownership over the Piña Colada. Though it's still not clear where the real ownership lies.

Ramón 'Monchito' Marrero Pérez claims to have first made the concoction at the Caribe Hilton Hotel's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, where he was working in 1952.

Another bartender Ricardo García, who also worked at the hotel claims that it was he who came up with the drink and not Pérez, while a third barman Ramón Portas Mingot says he created it in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan.

Barrachina Restaurant still stands by his claim to this day. The drink's popularity has grown throughout the years and National Piña Colada Day is celebrated on the islands on July 10th.