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Anyone Have A Real Pina Colada Recipe?
spycygrl
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From: El Segundo, CA
Posted: 2005-08-15 02:37 am   Permalink

The best Pina Colada I've ever had in my life was from a little hut near Akumal in the Yucatan. We found this semi-private beach that we snuck onto and at the end of it was a palapa-roofed snack shack where all the Mayan construction workers would eat at (they were building new beachside mansions for wealthy Europeans). You could get a massive plate of rice and black beans for $1 American. But you could also get a handmade pina colada.

I don't know the proportions, but the Mayan bartender used a machete to hack into a coconut and then poured the milk into a blender and hacked in some of the meat. Then she hacked up a fresh pineapple in there and added some canned pineapple juice. Lots of ice and a squeeze of lime. And of course, a crapload of rum. Garnished with a wedge of fresh pineapple. It think it was $2.50 USD.

We laid on that beach and drank those ALL DAY...with our toes in the powdery white sand and our eyes on that aqua blue water. Yummmm....

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thinkingbartender
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Posted: 2006-04-06 08:25 am   Permalink

Hello Everyone,

I am currently doing research on the Pina Colada, and was hoping you guys/ gals could help me out.

The quote below is the starting point of my investigation:

April 16th 1950, New York Times, "At the Bar":

"Drinks in the West Indies range from Martinique's famous rum punch to Cuba's pina colada (rum, pineapple and coconut milk). Key west has a variety of lime swizzles and punches, and Granadians use nutmeg in their rum drinks. Cubans and Puerto Ricans make a variety of tasty and exotic fruit beverages. These include guanabana (soursop juice), fruta bomba (papaya), watermelon juice, muskmelon juice and a drink of almond blended with banana juice."


I have also been sent some other Pre-1950s quotes/ citations for the Pina Colada, available here:
http://wiki.webtender.com/wiki/Pina_Colada_Quotes

Can anyone give me the recipe for Trader Vics Bahia and any sources, with years and book references please.

If anyone has any old references to the Pina Colada can they share them please?


Thanks for any help!

Cheers!

George Sinclair


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captnkirk
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Posted: 2006-04-06 9:05 pm   Permalink

This is one area of tiki mixology where it looks like Trader Vic was a follower and not a leader.

I looked in my 1947 "Bartenders Guide... by Trader Vic", and there is no Bahia or Pina Colada.

In the revised edition of that book "Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide" which came out in 1972 both drinks are listed.

Bahia
2.5 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1 oz Lopez coconut cream
1 oz white Jamaica rum
1 oz Trader Vic light Puerto Rican rum

Mix with ice cubes in a commercial electric drink mixer (or by hand with a shaker can and mixing glass), Pour into 10-ounce pilsner glass. Fill with cracked ice. Decorate with fresh mint and fruit stick.

Pina Colada
2 oz golden Puerto Rican rum
3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
Blend in electric drink mixer with 1 scoop of shaved ice for 10 to 20 seconds. Pour over ice cubes in a tall 10-ounce glass. Serve with a straw.
Variation: Add 1 slice of pineapple.


 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2006-04-06 11:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-04-06 08:25, thinkingbartender wrote:
Hello Everyone,

I am currently doing research on the Pina Colada, and was hoping you guys/ gals could help me out.





Find a copy of this book:
"Mixologist - The Journal of the American Cocktail" published 2005
http://www.mixellany.com/Volume%201.html

I know , I know... The Pina Colada isn't usually thought of as an American cocktail, however, it was 'born' in Puerto Rico which is a US Commonwealth.

This book has a 23 page detailed article on the history of the Pina Colada (with footnotes even).

Here's a teaser article:
http://slammedmagazine.com/inthisissue/05mayjune/pinacoladas.html



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thinkingbartender
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Posted: 2006-04-07 01:52 am   Permalink

I already known of the existence of the "Journal of the American Cocktail" article by Jared Brown, and of course the Slammed Magazine Article. Both are, in my mind, starting from the conclusion that the Peurto Ricans invented the Pina Colada, and then seeking to justify that conclusion.

If you check all the quotes, on the link I provided, you will see that there is more than a little evidence for concluding that the Pina Colada was around along time before the Peurto Rican Claim.

Thanks for the Bahia recipe.


Cheers!

George


 
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captnkirk
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Posted: 2006-04-07 04:30 am   Permalink

More dates from the library

Trader Vics Book of Food and Drink (1946), No mention of either drink
Bartenders Guide by Trader Vic (1947), No mention of either drink
Trader Vics bartenders guide (1972), Bahia and Pina Colada
Rum Cookery and Drinkery (1974), Bahia and Pina Colada
Trader Vics Tiki Party (2005), Bahia only.

P.S. In 1975 Warren Zevon writes Werewolves of London "I saw a werewolf drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vics and his hair was perfect."


 
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thinkingbartender
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Posted: 2006-04-07 05:24 am   Permalink

Thanks captnkirk.

From what I have been able to gather the Pina Colada seems to have started life as a non-alcoholic drink, which was either served "colada" (strained) or "sin colar" (without straining). The Pina Colada was also alternatively known as a Pina Fria.

IN CUBA AND JAMAICA by H. G. de Lisser Gleaner Company, Kingston 1910

Pg. 10:

"You ask for "pina fria," and he takes a pineapple and peels it and cuts it into large chunks and pounds it up with white sugar and ice and water, and hands the concoction to you in a huge, thick tumbler, and you find it delicious."


From NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE, 22 March 1952, pg. 9, col. 7:

"Pina Fria has music in its name; two fingers of cold fresh pineapple juice are blended with one and one-half ounces of white Puerto Rican rum and a half teaspoon of sugar. Shake with fine ice; strain into a champagne glass."


From December 1922 issue of TRAVEL magazine:

"But best of all is a pina colada, the juice of a perfectly ripe pineapple -- a delicious drink in itself -- rapidly shaken up with ice, sugar, lime and Bacardi rum in delicate proportions. What could be more luscious, more mellow and more fragrant?"


So its seems that the Pina Fria and Pina Colada were available with, or without the addition of Rum. It doesn't really stretch the imagination to say that the Pina Colada could have been made by some people with or without Coconut as well.


New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Apr 16, 1950. p. XX3 (1 page):

"Drinks in the West Indies range from Martinique's famous rum Punch to Cuba's _pina colada_ (rum, pineapple and coconut milk)."


It is interesting that Trader Vic lists the Pina Colada without Coconut, and the Bahia with Coconut, as seperate drinks. I read somewhere that Trader Vic didn't like to use the name Pina Colada because it didn't sound "Tiki" enough, though that begins to sound like a bit of a dubious claim.


Cheers!

George





 
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Al-ii
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Posted: 2006-04-09 09:58 am   Permalink

Try Mele-Koi Coconut Snow


 
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