July 10th recognizes a sweet, rum-based cocktail on National Pina Colada Day. Along with rum, a Pina Colada includes cream of coconut and pineapple juice and is usually served blended or shaken with ice.

Pina Colada means ‘strained pineapple,’ a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink.

Bormioli Rocco (Set of 4) Cocktail Glasses Tulip Shaped - 17 Ounce Pina Colada Glass, Hurricane Glasses for Drinking Full Bodied Beer, Water, Juice, Lead-Free Bar Glass Italian Crafted Beer Glasses  by Bormioli Rocco
Bormioli Rocco (Set of 4) Cocktail Glasses Tulip Shaped – 17 Ounce Pina Colada Glass, Hurricane Glasses for Drinking Full Bodied Beer, Water, Juice, Lead-Free Bar Glass Italian Crafted Beer Glasses

by Bormioli Rocco

While pineapple has been a part of the distillation history of rum, coconut didn’t show up until later. The first written reference to a pina colada was in 1922. However, two different claims to the invention of the pina colada in 1952 come from San Juan. Neither wavers from their story.

Escape (The Pina Colada Song)  Rupert Holmes
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Rupert Holmes

No matter who created the first creamy, sweet rum drink, it is forever infused with the ocean and beaches. The cocktail’s bright flavor suggests sunshine and vacation. Coconut alone makes us think of suntans while the pineapple’s freshness delivers a sparkling note of summer breezes.

Skinny Mixes Cocktail Mix - Pina Colada | Healthy Flavors with 0 Sugar | Gluten Free & Kosher | Keto Friendly & GMO Free | 32 fl oz  by Jordan's Skinny Mixes
Skinny Mixes Cocktail Mix – Pina Colada | Healthy Flavors with 0 Sugar | Gluten Free & Kosher | Keto Friendly & GMO Free | 32 fl oz

by Jordan’s Skinny Mixes

The beverage isn’t the only way to celebrate either. The day is dedicated to all things pina colada. Whether we make a dessert or snack on pina colada jelly beans, everyone can join in the day.

Put on your sunglasses, kick back, and enjoy a sip or a taste. It’s the best way to celebrate.

Mr & Mrs T Pina Colada Mix, 1.75 Liter Bottle (Pack of 6)  by Mr. & Mrs. T
Mr & Mrs T Pina Colada Mix, 1.75 Liter Bottle (Pack of 6)

by Mr. & Mrs. T

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPinaColadaDay

Try a frozen popsicle treat or a pina colada cake. You do not have to be sitting on a beach or the deck of a cruise ship to celebrate this holiday. You can enjoy a nice tall, cool Pina Colada where ever you are! (Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive!) Use #NationalPinaColadaDay to share on social media.



However, many more beverage holidays offer us ways to celebrate. Won’t you check them out?