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11.7.17

Puerto Rico - Pirilo's Pina Colada

Pirilo Pizza Rustica, Condado, Puerto Rio

As a sucker for coconut, I couldn't help dedicate a post to the perfect cocktail and Puerto Rico's National drink since 1978: The Piña Colada.

The legend says that in the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, used to boost his crew's morale by giving them a cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum, which is believed to be the origin of would be later known as the famous piña colada. However, with his death in 1825, the recipe was lost until 125 years later, when Ramón "Monchito" Marrero experimented until creating the proportions behind Piña Colada as we know it today in 1954. He was a bartender at the Caribe Hilton, where he continued to serve the drink for 35 years until the creation was finally rewarded in1978 when Puerto Rico officially proclaimed the cocktail its national drink.

Fine. But I will continue to believe that its true origin were the Pirates' sailing the Caribbean.

Based on this Colada revelation, I read about Roberto Cofresí who turns out to be a local legend in Puerto Rican culture. Staring as a penniless nobleman he eventually became the last pirate in the Caribbean, the one who stole from the rich and gave it to the poor. A subset of these claims became part of the Puerto Rican independence movement and other secessionist initiatives, including Simón Bolívar's campaign against Spain. He was eventually captured and executed, by an international coalition as his skills were too much for the local authorities.

Yes... Back to the Colada! My taste for big breakfast combined with the heat implies that many days I skip lunch or replace it with some small snack, like an icecream or a Colada - why not? So I tried a few of them, but this one in Condado remains the highlight of the trip. Yes the Cocotazo of Villa Cofresí in Rincon was good, but was nowhere close this one prepared by the super smily owner of Pirilo.

Pirilo.  The restaurant right in front your hotel. The place you see always buzzing with people, fully booked, so you never get a spot, but walk away with that it must be a great place feeling. And you are right. Besides freshly made pizza, the interior is highly decorated on a wanderlust theme where different rooms showcase goodies from different parts of the World.

Pirilo Pizza Rustica
2000 Calle McLeary, San Juan, 00911, Puerto Rico
11:30AM - 12AM
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