National Pina Colada Day
About National Pina Colada Day
When is National Pina Colada Day? This holiday is always celebrated 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, sunbaked beach or deserted island. There are 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, a July 10 holiday.
You can enjoy a pina colada anywhere in the world at any time of the year. But, the best place to enjoy this alcoholic summer cooler is on a beach on a tropical island. So, book your flight to an island getaway today!
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!
Origin of the Pina Colado Beverage
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 morale? 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.
How to Celebrate and Participate in National Pina Colada Day
Here’s refreshing ways to enjoy National Pina Colada Day:
- Order one at a bar or restaurant.
- Make the fresh at home.
- Have a Pina Colada on a tropical beach.
- Listen to the Pina Colada song.
- Book a vacation to a tropical beach where you can sip on pina coladas all day long.
“Life’s pretty good and why wouldn’t it be!? I’m a pirate after all.” – – Johnny Depp
History and Origin of National Pina Colada 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. Let’s change that! Contact your local congressperson and request a congressional resolution for this holiday.
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