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National Pina Colada Day

July 10, 2013

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Like most classic cocktails, the origin of the Pina Colada is shrouded in mystery, and there are many different versions of how it appeared on the scene. The most romantic story, and probably untrue, was that it was first concocted by a 19th century Puerto Rican pirate named Roberto Cofresi, who served a mixture of coconut, pineapple and white rum to his crew. However, his recipe (if there was one) died with him in 1852.

Another version, likely untrue as well, traces the cocktail to a restaurant in Old San Juan called La Barrachina, which specializes in paella and is still operating today. Supposedly the owner, Pepe Barraachina, was travelling in South America when he met a famous bartender named Ramon Portas Mingot, who was originally from Spain but was working in Buenos Aires. Mingot ended up moving to Puerto Rico, working as head bartender at Barrachina, and inventing the Pina Colada. (more…)