A New Take on the Piña Colada


By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor

You might already know that Monday is National Piña Colada day, but do you know the origins of the popular pineapple-and-coconut rum cocktail?

It was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1963 at the Old San Juan bar and restaurant Barrachina. Or, there’s another theory that it was really invented at the Caribe Hilton 11 years earlier. Regardless of which tale you believe about the colada’s roots, one thing’s for sure: What has since become Puerto Rico’s national cocktail goes down easy, wherever you enjoy it.

So why not try mixing up a batch of this piña colada-inspired beverage, shared by San Juan’s Condado Plaza Hilton? Salud!

Condado Plaza Hilton’s Pina Alocada
1 ½ oz. coconut-flavored vodka (such as Ciroc)
1 ½ oz. coconut water
1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
½ oz. cinnamon syrup
pineapple wedge (for garnish)

1. Put all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
2. Shake, and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.
3. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
4. Enjoy


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