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As one of the most ubiquitous drinks on earth, the Piña Colada, born in San Juan, is - not surprisingly - the official drink of Puerto Rico. It was allegedly in Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan where this popular libation was first concocted in 1957, and today, Barrachina stands as the first place tourists flock to, in order to try the famous frozen cocktail.
In 1978, the pina colada was named the National Drink of Puerto Rico. The following year, the drink gained popularity in the United States, thanks to the release of Rupert Holmes’ hit song, “Escape”, which is also known as “The Piña Colada Song."
While some believe the cocktail dates back to 1914, or possibly even to the late 1800s, one taste and you won't care where it came from . . . only that it exists to be enjoyed. The Piña Colada is made with rum, pineapple, and coconut cream, and is popular worldwide, especially in beach resorts. They can be served frozen or over ice, but they are usually served as frozen cocktails.
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Costa Rica's most delicious Piña Coladas come straight from the source on the Caribbean coast, where sweet organic pineapples are in season year-round. Here Piña Coladas are made with white rum and a coconut-infused national guaro that goes down dreamily.
In Cancun, the pina colada is the drink of choice for many people, as they relax by the pool, or on the white-sand beaches, while gazing at the Caribbean Sea. Incredibly delicious pina coladas are served in a number of Cancun hotels and restaurants, but the best pina coladas are found at Surfin Burrito.
Surfin' Burrito is a small, open-air restaurant that serves tacos, burritos, and grilled specialties. Their pina coladas are so wonderful because they are made with fresh pineapple and served inside a hollowed-out pineapples.
Add in the fact that at Surfin Burrito you're siting outside, under the warm Caribbean sun, with Nichupte Lagoon right across the street . . .and it’s a near-perfect experience.
To make the pina colada experience absolutely perfect, get it to-go and walk to Chac Mool beach, just a couple of blocks from Surfin Burrito, and savor your frozen treat on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.