It’s official: as a resort drink, the Piña Colada is faultless. There’s the creamy goodness of the coconut, the spikiness of pineapple, and the hit of rum. Done well it’s a dream of tropical heaven, with a cherry on top. Done badly it’s a slushie. Like all good cocktails, location makes a difference—we recommend poolside as the sun goes down over the surf. Bless Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, who came up with this glass of wonder at San Juan’s Caribe Hilton in 1954, and bless Puerto Rico for making it the official drink of the island. The Piña Colada is 60 years old this year—and there’s only one respectful way to celebrate.
Liquid Assets: The Piña Colada