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Savory Pina Colada – Tropical Vacation in a Glass

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The Savory Piña Colada, a unique twist on the classic tropical cocktail, is a delightful creation that brings the essence of a tropical vacation right to your glass. While the traditional Piña Colada is known for its sweet and creamy profile, our version takes a savory spin, making it perfect for those who prefer a more complex and less sugary experience.

Historical Context: The Piña Colada, often associated with the sandy beaches of Puerto Rico, was created in the 1950s. It was initially crafted by a bartender named Ramón “Monchito” Marrero at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan. The classic recipe combines coconut cream, pineapple juice, and white rum, resulting in a sweet, creamy, and refreshing beverage. Our savory version adds a touch of sophistication to this timeless favorite.

Preparation: Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients Gather all the ingredients for your savory Piña Colada. Make sure to have your white rum, unsweetened pineapple juice, coconut milk, lime juice, simple syrup, olive brine, and garnishes (pineapple slice and maraschino cherry) ready.

Step 2: Fill the Shaker Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. This will help chill the ingredients and create a well-balanced, refreshing drink.

Step 3: Measure and Pour Using your jigger, measure and pour 2 ounces of white rum into the shaker. Follow this with 1 ounce of unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 ounce of coconut milk, 1/2 ounce of lime juice, and 1/4 ounce each of simple syrup and olive brine.

Step 4: Shake It Up Secure the lid of the cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. You want to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed and chilled. The ice in the shaker will help dilute the drink slightly and contribute to the desired texture.

Step 5: Strain and Serve Using a cocktail strainer, pour your savory Piña Colada into a highball glass filled with ice. The strainer will catch any ice shards and provide a smooth, consistent texture.

Step 6: Garnish To truly capture the tropical essence, garnish your cocktail with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. The visual appeal is as important as the taste, after all!

Step 7: Sip and Enjoy Savor the delightful complexity of flavors in your savory Piña Colada. The combination of rum, pineapple, coconut, and a hint of olive brine creates a sophisticated and exotic taste that’s sure to transport you to a faraway beach.

Conclusion: The Savory Piña Colada is a unique cocktail that pays homage to the classic while adding a twist of sophistication. It’s perfect for those who appreciate the flavors of the tropics but prefer a less sugary experience. Whether you’re relaxing at home or hosting a gathering, this delightful creation will have you yearning for the beach and swaying palm trees with every sip. Cheers to a tropical vacation in a glass!


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Prepare Ingredients
Fill the Shaker with Ice
Measure and Pour
Shake, Strain, Garnish, Enjoy


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