The “piña colada” is a sweet cocktail made with rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both. The name “piña colada” literally means strained pineapple, a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink’s preparation. The Caribe Hilton Hotel claims Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, a bartender at the hotel, created the Piña Colada in 1954. According to this account, Mr. Marrero finally settled upon the recipe for the “Piña Colada”, which he felt captured the true nature and essence of Puerto Rico. The hotel was presented with a proclamation in 2004 by the Government of Puerto Rico, celebrating the drink’s 50th anniversary.