piña colada

[ peen-yuhkoh-lah-duh, kuh-lah- ]
/ ˈpin yə koʊˈlɑ də, kəˈlɑ- /
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a tall mixed drink of rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and ice usually frappéed in a blender.
a flavor of ice cream, soft drinks, etc., made with coconut milk and pineapple juice.
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Origin of piña colada

1920–25; <Spanish: literally, strained pineapple
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What is a piña colada?

A piña colada is an alcoholic blended drink that usually includes rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, pineapple or pineapple juice, and ice.

Piña colada may also refer to a mix of coconut and pineapple flavors to create ice cream, soft drinks, frozen drinks, and other foods or drinks.

Example: I’ve been experimenting with a piña colada cake recipe, and my latest one is yummy!

Where does piña colada come from?

The first records of the term piña colada come from around the 1920s. Piña colada is the Spanish term for “strained pineapple.”

The general formula for a piña colada is one part rum, one part pineapple, and a half part coconut. However the exact ingredients and formula vary, depending on who makes the drink. Lime juice is sometimes added for flavor, and cherries and pieces of pineapple are often used to garnish the drink. When the amount of ice is increased and the drink blended, the result is a frozen piña colada.

One of the most famous references to piña coladas in popular culture is in the song “Escape” by Ruperrt Holmes, also officially known as “The Piña Colada Song,” because of the refrain’s well-known first line, “If you like piña coladas.”

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How is piña colada used in real life?

Piña coladas are particularly popular in the summer or where it’s always hot.


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British Dictionary definitions for piña colada

piña colada
/ (ˈpiːnjə kəˈlɑːdə) /

a drink consisting of pineapple juice, coconut, and rum

Word Origin for piña colada

C20: from Spanish, literally: strained pineapple
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