This week our Happy Hour Tuesday blog takes you to Puerto Rico with a sweet, creamy and delicious drink called Piña Colada Limoncello.
Piña Colada takes its name after two Spanish words: piña, “pineapple”, and colada, “strained”. It seems to have originated in Puerto Rico in 1954, by Ramon “Monchito” Marrero, bartender in the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber bar in San Juan. One of the ingredients, the coconut cream, was created the same year in the University of Puerto Rico. When Mr. Marrero was awarded for selling the three-millionth Piña Colada in 1978, Puerto Rico made it its official drink.
Piña Colada is a Summer drink (it’s not by chance that the first Piña Colada was sold on August 15, 1954) which will delight your palate. Its smooth and sweet taste is accentuated by the velvety texture of the coconut cream, and the tartness hint of the pineapple juice. The smoothness of the rum brings adds some warmth while blending in perfectly with the other ingredients. At last, the limoncello cream, which has a different citrusy sweetness, plays almost as an energy booster in the whole exotic mix.
0.5 oz Rometti Limoncello Cream (coming soon!)
2 oz Pineapple juice
2 oz Coconut cream (Coco Lopez)
1.5 oz White rum
1 oz Dark rum
Put the ingredients in an electric blender with some crushed ice. Blend briefly at high speed. Strain into a glass and garnish with either a slice of pineapple or a cherry.