Piña Colada Day is celebrated on July 10. In honor of the day, I tried to order one at lunch, but the restaurant did not have a blender so I was reduced to drinking iced tea.
Rupert Hayes wrote the song, “Escape“, but it is more famously known as the Piña Colada song.
If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
I’m the love that you’ve looked for, write to me, and escape”
Despite what the bartender at Smoked thought, apparently you can make a piña colada without a blender. According to Wikipedia, “The piña colada is a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both.”
You can also buy some fairly credible pre-made piña colada mixes. You can even buy it already frozen, where all you add is the rum. Mr. and Mrs. T of Bloody Mary mix fame also make a piña colada mix. (I have not tried the piña colada mix, but I will vouch for the Bloody Mary mix.)
You can make a virgin piña colada , by forgoing the rum.
- Put the cream of coconut, ice, and pineapple juice in a blender. This drink comes together quickly when you add all the ingredients at once. …
- Blend until the ice is crushed. …
- Pour it into two glasses. …
- Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. …
Be careful if you drink a frozen piña colada. It is very easy to get a painful brain freeze if you sip it too quickly. (Brain freeze is practically a rite of summer. It happens when you eat ice cream or gulp something ice cold-like a piña colada—too quickly. The scientific term is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, ) According to Google, to get rid of brain freeze, “put down the ice cream cone or cold drink tout de suite, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth, or sip a warmish drink to restore your mouth to a normal temperature.”