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Light Rum Pina Colada Cocktail Mix

"Officially," invention rights of the piña colada are given to a Puerto Rican bartender named Ramón "Monchito" Marrero. In 1954, the man apparently spent upwards of thirty days perfecting the ingredients and proportions of a drink that would best represent his nation. This history, however, is boring.


A more exciting origin story comes from Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí. According to legend, one day, when his crew was feeling particularly blue, Cofresí whipped up a colorful cocktail to boost moral. The drink supposedly consisted of coconut milk, pineapple juice, and white rum.


Cofresí's tale predates the bartender's by about 50 years, however the recipe was lost upon his death in 1825. The legend was only kept throughout history by word of mouth and rumors.

Prep: 5 min | Cooking: 0 min | Total: 5 min

Yields 6 drinks


INGREDIENTS

  • Pineapple, trimmed and sliced (1 whole pineapple)

  • Coconut milk (one 13.5-oz. can)

  • Banana, halved (1 banana)

  • Orange juice (1/4 cup)

  • Light/White rum (3.5 oz.)

  • Ice (3 1/2 cups)

  • Salt (1/4 tsp)


DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour and serve.

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