Pretend it’s not winter with a Pina Colada

It may be winter outside, but that shouldn’t stop us dreaming of a summer holiday. What better way to escape the reality of a cold winter in Perth than with a tropical cocktail.  “Escape (If You Like Piña Coladas)” by Rupert Holmes tells the tale of two lovers meeting in a bar and discussing the concoction of rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice. Like the song, the drink is a guilty pleasure for many.  It’s a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice.

Popular cocktails invariably have an interesting tale about their creation – the Pina Colada is rumoured to have been invented by a pirate, Roberto Cofresí.  We’re not sure on the validity of that, but we’re reliably informed by Wikipedia that the earliest printed reference is in a Travel Magazine from December 1922.


one part white rum

one part coconut cream

3 parts pineapple juice

1 cocktail umbrella


Shake ingredients together on ice and serve immediately. Garnish with mini umbrella and some pineapple.