July 10th is National Piña Colada Day, a day to enjoy the sweet and popular beach cocktail. The piña colada was “born” in 1954, after management at the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico asked Ramon Marrero to create a signature drink for their Beachcomber Bar. After several months of experimenting Marrero came up with the piña colada, a delicious drink consisting of rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Garnished with a maraschino cherry or a pineapple wedge, it can be served either blended or on the rocks. The piña colada, which literally means “strained pineapple” has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico for over thirty years.
I’ve had “Escape” (more commonly known as “The Piña Colada Song”) stuck in my head all weekend. I don’t know if it was because we’ve been at the beach, because “I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain’”, or because I’ve been looking forward to today’s “unofficial.” Either way, this holiday couldn’t have been more perfectly timed for us. We didn’t leave Virginia Beach until dinnertime this evening, so we were able to enjoy National Piña Colada Day with our cousins Joey and Emily in the perfect setting.
After yesterday’s festivities — which included some shopping, walking on the beach, a delicious pizza dinner, a visit to “The Haunted Mansion” funhouse, and of course, sugar cookies — we slept in a little later than we’d planned. By the time Chris, Joey, Emily, and I were ready to leave the hotel room it was already time for lunch. We’d been talking about eating mexican food since we’d arrived Saturday afternoon so Emily recommended that we eat at Plaza Azteca for this afternoon’s lunch. The food was amazing, particularly the freshly made guacamole, and we enjoyed the beautiful weather on their outdoor patio. After our meals we ordered two piña coladas — one for each couple since we were too stuffed to each have one of our own! The drinks were perfectly made, and I particularly enjoyed mine because of its sweet flavor, and the fact that I could barely taste the alcohol in it. I guess, in spite of my tomboyishness, I really do prefer “girlie” drinks.
After lunch we headed to the oceanfront, where we soaked up the fresh air for a couple of hours. Chris and Joey rode on a bodyboard for awhile, while Emily and I ran in the water for brief periods but mostly read and rested under the beach umbrella.