London Is The Cultural Hub Of The Piña Colada
June 18, 2016
I am my mother’s daughter and like her, I love a Piña Colada. For me, it captures the essence of what I want from a cocktail; a classic with a rich history. It’s a timeless drink that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
When I sip that smooth creamy drink it floods my mind with tropical excitement.
The sweet taste of a Piña Colada takes me to its Puerto Rican pirate roots: visions of vividly coloured parrots, rolling golden sands, crystal blue water and a scorchingly hot sun send me to my very own island paradise.
Shortly I return with a bump to London where things are often not as sunny as my dreams. Luckily, London being the cultural hub we know and love, is a city full of Piña Coladas. No longer do you have to travel across the ocean for a taste of the tropics.
As well as the capital of England, there are hundreds of bars in the UK to visit for a delicious taste of an exotic drink.
During my time running London Cocktails Instagram, I have had the pleasure of tasting quite a few cocktails around London. There are a few places I can recommend that will provide you with a delicious Piña Colada.
Piña Colada translates from Spanish as ‘strained pineapple’. This refers to the basic ingredients of pineapple juice, white rum and coconut cream. However most venues will have their own spin on the classic.
The first place I would like to mention is a small bar in Shoreditch called Callooh Callay.
Located on Rivington Street, this place has a great reputation for cocktails. As you can see from the photo, this Piña Colada is in a typically-shaped glass but what is far from typical is the colour!
The bartender added a little Blue Curaçao to the classic cocktail. This, mixed with creamy coconut, creates a wonderful bright pastel tone.
The well loved Caribbean chain Turtle Bay do a delicious version called Koko Colada.
The cocktail gets its name from the Jamaican coconut white rum used in it Koko Kanu. This, blended with pineapple juice, coconut cream and grated nutmeg makes an enjoyably thick, desert-like drink.
Always great food and atmosphere with happy hour offering 2-4-1 cocktails. It’s a must!
All Star Lanes
If you’re looking for fun whilst you sip your cocktail then All Star Lanes is the place for you.
They describe their venues as “boutique bowling” and “home-style American”. There is definitely a 1950’s feel about the place and the Piña Colada was a newly fashionable drink of the time so what could be a more appropriate choice!
All Star Lanes is great for parties. They offer food, drinks, karaoke and bowling.
One thing I love about Piña Coladas is that they’re easy-peasy to make at home. So if it’s a BBQ or girls night in, all you need is coconut cream, pineapple juice and white rum.
The general rules are use one quarter rum, one quarter coconut cream and a half pineapple juice. I like to use some Malibu for that extra sweet coconutty flavour!
Here are some ingredients to try:
- 100ml Pineapple Juice
- 25ml White Rum
- 25ml Malibu
- 50ml Coconut Cream
Add ice, blend and enjoy!
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