National Pina Colada Day

Celebrated annually on July 10th, National Piña Colada Day is a holiday on which people can enjoy a tasty cocktail made with rum, coconut, and pineapple. The name of this cocktail means “strained pineapple,” and the taste of pineapple is usually front and center. This drink is also one that’s best served blended with ice but can also be served simply poured over ice. No matter how it’s enjoyed, however, it’s a drink that’s sure to have the drinker thinking of warm tropical climates and sunbathed beaches.

The History Of The Piña Colada

Like just about all cocktails, the piña colada has several different origin stories. Some of these stories are obviously legends, while others sound reasonable. The story that we feel sounds the most accurate is the one that says the piña colada comes from San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to that origin story, this drink was created by Ramón Marrero at the Caribe Hilton in 1954. As a response to a drink request, he whipped up a blend of rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. This created an instant cocktail classic that people continue to love and enjoy.

The History Of National Piña Colada Day

Although no one is sure who invented this holiday, it’s believed to have been created between 1980 and 1982. In 1979, Rupert Holmes released a hit song called “Escape.” This song, also known as the “Piña Colada Song,” ignited the love of the piña colada. The holiday has been celebrated ever since.

Interesting Facts About The Piña Colada

No matter whether you love it or hate it, one thing is for sure about this drink, and that is that it’s a classic known all over the world. It’s also a drink that has an interesting history and place in pop culture. To prove our point, we’ve decided to list some of the interesting facts that we’ve found as we researched this fascinating cocktail.

It Took A Long Time To Invent This Drink

When the Caribe Hilton asked Ramón Marrero to come up with a signature mixed drink, it took him three months to come up with the piña colada.

One Piña Colada Legend Involves A Pirate

One piña colada legend says the drink was invented by Roberto Cofresí, a Puerto Rican pirate who allegedly served the drink to his crew to boost morale during the 19th century.

There Are A Ton Of Piña Colada Variations

Another thing that’s quite certain about this drink is that it has a lot of different variations. Below are just a small handful of some of the piña colada recipe variations that we discovered during our research.

  • Piña Colada Sangria
  • Triple-Layer Piña Coladas
  • Strawberry Piña Colada (Also called a Miami Vice)
  • Iguana Colada
  • Jack Colada (Made With Jack Daniel’s instead of rum)

Celebrating National Piña Colada Day

Our recommendation for celebrating National Piña Colada Day is to take a trip to some tropical island to sip this cocktail for the day. Of course, we understand that not everyone can travel to celebrate this day, so simply mixing up your own piña colada should be sufficient. And while you’re drinking this cocktail, be sure to post on social media what you’re doing using the hashtag #NationalPiñaColadaDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 10 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
July 10 Thursday
Last year (2023)
July 10 Monday
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