Saturday, 7 March 2009

If you still like piña coladas...

But there was much more to the story. There was much more before the story. The drink had been around for a long time in one form or another for over a century. Or two. Pineapples and rum? The combination was all the rage in London  and in France at the turn of the 19th century. It was noted that Caribbean sugar plantation owners found the combination smoothed the rough edges of their aguardiente. 

I still stand by that Mixologist article. The piña colada as we know it came from those San Juan barmen. They ended the confusion as to how you make a piña colada by bashing out thousands and thousands for celebrities, holiday-makers, and other key influencers. Was there an earlier recipe? Or two? Or three? Yes. And all of them were different. 

To read our full ramble on the subject in German in the current issue of Mixology, that ever-elegant drinks industry magazine from Berlin. Or you can click over to the Musings page here on Martini Place to read the English version.

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