Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Tropical Taste of Puerto Rico, Chill Out With A Piña Colada

When your ship's horn signals it's departure time, it's also time for one of the highlights of every cruise—a festive sailaway deck party. Laden with trays of exotic bon voyage “umbrella” drinks, bar servers make their way through throngs of cheerful passengers anxious to toast the beginning of their cruise. Without a doubt, the most popular of those tempting bon voyage beverages is the Piña Colada.

Did you ever wonder who served up the very first Piña Colada? I did, so I went to the source—the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to Maria Elena Pérez, the Piña Colada was introduced there on August 15, 1954 by its creator Ramon “Monchito” Marrero.

Find out more about how the newly hired bartender, Monchito set out to make a drink with “a touch of zest” for Caribe Hilton guests, who sometimes suffered the after effects of too many strong cocktails. also shares his original Piña Colada recipe so you can enjoy the same drink Monchito created and personally served to Caribe Hilton guests, including such luminaries such as Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor, and John Wayne.

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