National Pina Colada Day
Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always observed on July 10
It's mid-summer, and the weather is hot and humid. It's only natural, that you imagine yourself lying on a lounge chair under the palm trees on a tropical, sun-baked beach or deserted island. There's warm gentle breezes wafting in the air. You hear the peaceful sound of the ocean lapping at the shore just a few feet away as you reach for a fruity, ice cold tropical drink. If you listen closely, you might also hear a steel drum band in the distance. Ahh yes, it's the perfect way to spend a summer day. This is the ideal way to celebrate National Pina Colada Day.
The Creation of the Pina Colada - Fact or Fiction
There are several stories about how Pina Coladas were first created, and who created it.
According to legend, sometime in the 1800s, a pirate named Captain Robert Cofresi sailed the Caribbean with his notorious pirate crew. To improve morale, he concocted the Pina Colada. Starting with Rum, the drink of choice among pirates, he added coconut and pineapple juices, serving it in a coconut shell. Did it improve moral? Perhaps. We'll never know for certain, but it sure tasted good! The recipe was allegedly lost upon Cofresi's death in 1825, and with it went any official record of the drink.
More than a century later, in 1954, the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico was seeking to create a new signature drink. The hotel management gave this task to Ramon "Monchito" Marrero, a bartender at the hotel's Beachcomber Bar. After a few days of experimenting, the Pina Colada was created (or re-created) on August 16, 1954. Another similar story suggests that Ricardo Garcia, a bartender from Barcelona working at the same bar and hotel, also claims to have created the Pina Colada on this same date.
It would certainly be nice to definitively separate fact from fiction around the creation and history of this great drink. Meanwhile, we choose to sip on a Pina Colada, as we ponder this issue.
Song of the Day: "Escape"(1979) by Rupert Holmes. It is better known as "The Pina Colada Song".
It's easy to celebrate this day... enjoy a frosty Pina Colada. If you can do so, while on the beach on a tropical island, you will indeed have a perfect day!
It is believed that the "Pina Colada Song" was the inspiration for this special holiday. In the early 1980s, shortly after the song was released in October, 1979, this holiday was created. We have not yet discovered who created it.
This holiday was originally called "Pina Colada Day". Around 2010, it began to be called "National Pina Colada Day". This holiday is not a true "National" day. Neither the U.S. congress, nor the President of the United States has proclaimed it a national day.
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