To 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