Discover an iconic resort that’s been wowing guests since 1949. Always wanted to make an original Piña Colada? Learn how to make it perfectly, from the hotel that invented it.
In 1946, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co. decided to build a luxury hotel in the region. The hotel would take the prime spot next to the San Geronimo Fort, with 300 rooms alongside modern amenities. A competition was held to find the architects to design the hotel, with Toro Ferrer y Torregrosa providing the winning design. The Development Co. then invited seven American hotel companies to bid to operate the hotel. Conrad Hilton was the chosen operator, making it the first Hilton hotel outside of the continental US.
From 1949 to now, the hotel has expanded to include 652 rooms and a Tower with 96 spacious studios and villas.
In 1954, our bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero created a special cocktail that mixed rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice – and the delicious Piña Colada was born! The drink was served personally by the creator for 35 years while he worked as a bartender at the hotel, and in 1978, the Piña Colada was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico. In 2004, Caribe Hilton was presented with a proclamation signed by Puerto Rico’s Governor Sila María Calderón, supporting the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Piña Colada.
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce coconut cream
1 ounce heavy cream
6 ounces fresh pineapple juice
½ cup of crushed ice
Add the rum, coconut cream, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender. Add the ice and blend until smooth for about 15 seconds. Serve in a 12-ounce glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.