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Caribe Hilton celebrates the pina colada

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pina coladaTo celebrate National Rum Day in Puerto Rico on Aug. 16, the Caribe Hilton is sharing its original pina colada recipe from 1954 and rolling out a special menu at its Oasis Bar, where it all began.

Bartender Ramon "Monchito" Marrero created the rum drink in 1954. He served at the hotel for 35 years until his retirement in 1989. His legacy remains and the pina colada now is the official drink both of the hotel and of Puerto Rico.

Through Oct. 15, guests can book the Pina Colada Fest package from $60 per person, double, including accommodations, daily buffet breakfast for two and two welcome pina coladas.
The rate is a starting rate subject to availability and does not include taxes, resort charges, incidentals or tips.

The offer is available for travel through Dec. 19.

In the spirit of the celebrations, other activities include mixology classes at the Oasis Bar and sweepstakes contests.

The original recipe, still followed at the Caribe Hilton, is two ounces white rum, one ounce coconut cream, one ounce heavy cream, six ounces fresh pineapple juice and one-half cup crushed ice. Blend until smooth.

Serve in a 12-ounce glass, garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and top with a maraschino cherry.

— Gay Nagle Myers

Cayman Islands serves up ice cream in NYC

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Cayman Islands ice cream truckThe timing could not be better. With temperatures soaring into the high 80s this week, turning New York into a true melting pot, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism took to the streets, dispensing free ice cream.

Trucks adorned with scenes of white sand, blue waters and the iconic sea turtle appeared at various locations in Manhattan, from Herald Square to Grand Central, Times Square to Washington Square Park, and Union Square to South Street Seaport.

The trucks' locations could be followed on an interactive map.

The trucks also were promoting a contest to win a free trip to the Cayman Islands.

Anyone could enter the contest by sharing their #CaymankindNYC ice cream experience Facebook or Twitter.

— Gay Nagle Myers
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