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Pina Colada Day Today: Recipes

July 10, 2012
Pina colada

Pina Colada Day is today. The sweet, frothy, deceptively powerful drink, as the story goes, was first mixed by Ramon "Monchito" Marrero Perez at the San Juan Caribe Hilton Beachcomber in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1954.

Don Q rum would like it pointed out that the rum used in the original concoction was their own.

The drink spread offshore with the help of Hunter S. Thompson's Puerto Rican drinking adventures in the "Rum Diaries," which was turned into a Johnny Depp vehicle starring Johnny Depp. The pina colada has been the official drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.

"Rum Diaries" wasn't the only film this year featuring Puerto Rico's liquid gold product. Mark Walhberg and his larger than life animated bear friend "Ted" got into Don Q's acclaimed Gold, Anejo and Gran Anejo rums, according to a Don Q news release.

Pina colada recipes

Don Q "Hunter's Pina Colada"

1-1/2 oz. Don Q Gold Rum
1 oz. coconut cream
2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
Add ice, mix in blender and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Don Q "on Ted rocks"

2 oz. Don Q Coco Rum
1 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz Coconut milk
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge and dry coconut flakes.

Don Q "Flash Gordon" Pina Colada (skinny version)

1-1/2 oz. Don Q Gold Rum
1 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz. cream of coconut
Mix all ingredients with ice in a blender at high speed. Serve in a stemmed tall glass. Garnish with pineapple slice and cherry. Approximately 177 calories.

-- Recipes courtesy of Don Q.

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