National Pina Colada Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Pina Colada Day

National Pina Colada Day 2020 is observed on 10 July 2020 to enjoy the rum-based sweet cocktail, Pina Colada which consists of coconut milk, rum, and juice from pineapples. Get more information about the history of National Pina Colada Day, facts & how to celebrate the National Pina Colada Day 2020 from this article.  

Keerthana | Updated Jul 08, 2020 10:15 AM

National Pina Colada Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Pina Colada Day

National Pina Colada Day 2020 

National Pina Colada Day is annually celebrated on 10th July across the United State. National Pina Colada Day 2020 is dedicated to all things of pina colada not only for cocktails but also for snacks or desserts made of pina colada jelly beans. On this National Pina Colada Day, it's perfect time to take a break and to enjoy the tasty drink in the summertime. 

Pina Colada is a sweet drink consisting of coconut milk, rum, and juice from pineapples. They are usually served either blended with ice or shaken. The word Pina Colada simply means 'strained pineapple' which refers to freshly squeezed and filtered pineapple juice used in the drink. Pina Colada can be garnished with a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both. This has been Puerto Rico's national drink since 1978.

What is the history of National Pina Colada Day? 

The creator and the history of the National Pina Colada Day are unknown. The first recorded mention of a pina colada was in 1922. While pineapple was a part of the history of rum distillation, coconut did not appear until later. There are other claims to the invention of Pina Colada in San Juan starting in 1952, but each adhering to the same story. 

The story says it was invented by bartender Ramón 'Monchito' Marrero Pérez at the Beachcomber Bar, Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1954. Pérez was introduced to coconut cream from Coco López and had sought to find something to blend it with. Ramón mixed it with pineapple juice and light rum after three months of experimenting with various liquors and combined it with crushed or shaved ice. Thus, piña colada was born. 

The drink became famous later that year when it was drunk at a conference at the Caribe Hilton by government officials and important personalities. Pina Colada gained recognition in Puerto Rico in 1978 and became internationally popular after Rupert Holmes released his album "Escape (The Pina Colada Album)" in 1979. Regardless of its history, we all agree that this drink is pretty good.

How to observe the National Pina Colada Day?

On this National Pina Colada Day, sit back, relax, and enjoy every sip of pina colada. To celebrate this day, no need to go to the beach or deck of a cruise ship. Just sit at home, turn on the favourite music, and have a drink. Some other ideas to celebrate this day is 

  • Make the own pina colada drink recipe and enjoy it with loved ones

  • Learn some tips and tricks to get the perfect pina colada cocktail

  • Hang up with friends and have a party with a sweet, boozy drink

  • Use #NationalPinaColadaDay on social media and share the celebration of Pina Colada Day

Pina Colada - Recipe

The Pina Colada is a popular drink made from pineapple juice, white rum (also called light rum), and coconut cream. Due to its thickness and richness, coconut cream is the best choice in this recipe. Also essential is the type of rum one uses. White or light rum is more flavor neutral than dark rum.


1 part of Coconut Cream, 3 parts of Pineapple Juice, 1 part of White Rum,  and some pineapple pieces.


Take this mixture and blend in crushed ice until it's nice and creamy, pour it into a chilled bottle, garnish it with a slice of pineapple and an umbrella and have it or serve it to loved ones.

Pina Colada - Facts

  • The world's largest non-Guinness-confirmed Pina Colada was made in 2010, at London's Rumfest

  • The official recipe for the IBA Pina Colada is 1 part of white rum, 1 part of coconut cream and 3 parts of pineapple juice

  • The 5 oz cocktail without blended ice has a mere 243 calories if one makes it according to the IBA recipe

  • Marrero might not have been the first person to combine coconut, pineapple, and white rum according to cocktail legend. Puerto Rican pirate Robert Cofresí is said to have worked the mix in the early 1800s to raise morale on his crew.

  • Some of the most interesting riffs of Piña Colada include Iguana Colada, Miami Vice, and Jackolada

  • Ramon served the drink in the Caribe Hilton for 35 years before the Pina Colada was officially made Puerto Rico's national drink in 1978.

  • Rupert Holmes, who wrote Escape's popular song (The Pina Colada Song), doesn't like the drink, he claims he tastes medicinal

  • Originally named 'Escape' the record's initial sales were low as people called it by the cocktail name despite its success. Rupert Holmes eventually decided to change the name to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and that album became number one

Pina Colada - Quotes

  • My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada. - Ellen DeGeneres

  • John turned to me. "Frozen daiquiri?" "Pina colada, please." "Virgin?" He wasn't asking my permission. He was just making sure I knew he wasn't going to try to swipe me any alcohol."That's optimistic," I said. Jennifer Echols

  • I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect. - Martha Stout

  • A guy in Greek armor drew his sword and charged, but slipped in a puddle of pina colada. - Rick Riordan

  • "At the corner store, they invaded a hot dog stand and drank pina colada to sober up. It did no good. - Thomas Pynchon

  • I'm a better person when I'm drinking pińa Coladas. — Unknown

  • If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain... — Rupert Holmes

  • When life hands you pineapples, make piña coladas. — Unknown

  • It can't all be sunshine and piña coladas... but it is right now. — Unknown

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National Pina Colada Day - FAQ

1. Who invented the Pina Colada?

The Caribe Hilton Hotel says that while a bartender at the hotel, Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero invented the Piña Colada in 1954. Mr. Marrero eventually settled upon the Piña Colada recipe, which he believed embodied the true nature and spirit of Puerto Rico.

2. What are the ingredients in pina colada?

Pina Colada is a sweet drink consisting of coconut milk, rum, and juice from pineapples. They are usually served either blended with ice or shaken.

3. Why is it called a pina colada?  

The word piña colada simply means "strained pineapple," a reference to the freshly pressed and strained juice of pineapples used in the preparation of the drink.