According to CNN Eatocracy: “The pineapple, coconut and rum concoction is wildly popular in Puerto Rico and wherever there’s hot sun, cold ice, and a Caribbean breeze…Depending on who you ask, the piña colada was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1963 by Ramón Portas Mingot, in 1954 by Ramón Marrero or Ricardo Gracia, or in Cuba in 1950. Variations on the recipe abound as well, but generally if you blend cream of coconut, light rum and pineapple juice together with ice, you’ve got a piña colada.”
And it wouldn’t be National Piña Colada Day without the song — yeah, you know the one, about liking piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. The actual name is “Escape,” but it is subtitled “The Piña Colada Song,” which is what everyone calls it. Here is Rupert Holmes performing the song on The Midnight Special, introduced by the Village People — 33 years ago almost to the day!
Rupert Holmes, ‘Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” The Midnight Special (July 11, 1980)