Piña Colada: A Unique Tropical Syrup With an Interesting History

If you’ve been following our Classic Cocktails series, then you know we have a soft spot for historical yarns, myths, and facts. It turns out, the world of cocktail and drink recipes is full of them! Today, we’d like to share a little bit about the history of the piña colada, a drink that has as grand an origin as any!

Though quality ingredients for “real” piña coladas aren’t available year-round, you can make a delicious piña colada anytime with our Premium Piña Colada Syrup, one of our most unique tropical syrups!

The History of the Drink Recipe

Bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero is the most frequently attributed creator of this drink recipe. Supposedly, in 1954, the owner of Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked Marrero to create a drink that would impress the Hollywood actors and millionaires who vacationed at the hotel.

Marrero set to work on the task and spent three months creating cocktail after cocktail. However, none of them quite hit what he was looking for. Meanwhile that year, at the University of Puerto Rico, Ramón López Irizarry invented coconut cream. Prior to 1954, no one had ever heard of using coconut cream in any kind of drink cocktail (at least not in the smooth and delicious form that Irizarry had perfected).

When Marrero learned about the coconut cream, he decided to try it out in his cocktail experiments. In mid-August of that year, Marrero sold the first ever piña colada. Between that day and 1978, 3 million “official” piña coladas were sold. Marrero was presented with an award and Puerto Rico named the drink the official drink of the commonwealth. Thirsty yet?

Official Piña Colada Drink Recipe


  • Ingredients:
    • 30 ml white rum
    • 30 ml cream of coconut
    • 90 ml pineapple juice

  • Directions:
  • Mix with crushed ice until smooth, pour into a chilled glass, and serve with pineapple and maraschino cherry garnish.

    While we probably won’t be drinking too many of these in February, we will definitely be mixing some piña coladas come summer. We’re currently working on a series of piña colada recipes we hope to deliver to Amoretti Blog readers in the spring.

    In the meantime, go ahead and stock your bar with one of the most unique tropical syrups on the market, Amoretti Premium Piña Colada Syrup. You can use it in cocktails, iced teas, popsicles, desserts, baked goods, and whatever else strikes your fancy!

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