Pina Colada, Drink of the Week!



The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and pina colada fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.


1. Invented in 1954 at the Hilton in San Juan

Like all drinks, the origin of the Pina Colada is contested. But the general consensus is that it was invented by a dude named Monchito at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s also strange to think of a time when Pina Coladas didn’t exist. Where did they put their tiny umbrellas?


2. A legit Pina Colada has 243 calories.

If you make it according to the IBA recipe, the 5oz cocktail has a mere 243 calories. While that’s not great, most people say they average about 500 calories. Of course I’m counting fresh pineapple juice though, so if you’re drinking sugar packed shit from a can you’re in a world of hurt.


3. There are many variations.

A few of the more notable Piña Colada riffs include the Iguana Colada (made with Midori), the Miami Vice (half strawberry daiquiri, half Piña Colada) and the Jackolada (mad with one half part Jack Daniels and one half part white rum).


At least 3 different bartenders from the islands claim to have invented the drink. But according to popular legends, the practice of mixing white rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut dates back even further. Also legend has it that a Puerto Rico pirate used to serve the concoction of white rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice to his crew to provide relief from heat and boost their morale. Whatever the origin might have been, this delicious drink continues to provide a delightful respite from heat for the aficionados.

Did you know National Pina Colada day is celebrated in Puerto Rico on 10th of July every year?


Recipe for Pina Colada:


  • 1 part malibu original
  • ½ part coconut cream
  • 1 ½ parts pineapple juice
  • fresh pineapple

Enjoy it!