Have a rum time

Updated: Jul 10, 2020, 09:10 IST | Shunashir Sen | Mumbai

Choose between two options on Pina Colada Day; a straight recipe and one with a twist

The straight road

There are many theories about the origins of Piña Colada. Some say a pirate called Roberto Cofresi invented the drink in the 19th century to boost the morale of his sailors. Others credit it to Spanish mixologist Ramon Portas Mingot, saying he came up with the recipe at a Puerto Rican restaurant in 1963. Either way, try your hand at making the cocktail in an authentic manner with the steps that Gautam Rathod, head of operations at Sassy Spoon, suggests.


  • 60 ml Malibu rum
  • 30 ml coconut cream
  • 90 ml pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 pineapple wedge


Add ice cubes to a shaker and pour the Malibu rum and the coconut cream. Shake and strain into a glass. Top it up with pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Mix in a song

Singer Rupert Holmes's 1979 hit, Escape, has come to be referred to as The Piña Colada Song due to the reference made to the cocktail in the uplifting chorus.

A twisted route


Feel like doing something different? Add hints of basil and peach to a regular Piña Colada with this recipe that Nilesh Patel, beverage head at Social, has for those who want their cocktail with a twist. "The core idea behind creating the twisted Piña Colada was to transform the body of the drink by adding some hint of freshness and a spike of acidity, while also maintaining the authenticity of the coconut," Patel says.



  • 60ml white rum
  • 200 ml orange juice
  • 30 ml coconut cream infused with basil
  • 15 ml peach syrup


Blend all the ingredients together. Pour over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and basil sprig.

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