Monin Pina Colada Syrup
Monin Pina Colada Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
One of the finest exports from Puerto Rico, Pina Colada is a fruity cocktail which is popular across the globe and for good reason. Packed with coconut, pineapple and rum, the iconic beverage brings a sweet and fruity flavour to the party. For a recreation of this drink, which is completetly alcohol free, look no further than Monin Pina Colada Syrup. Within seconds, you can add an exotic Caribbean twist to a plethora of drinks and desserts!
While there is no doubt about it beginning life in Puerto Rico, there are multiple origin stories which revolve around the Pina Colada. Depending on which narrative is followed, the first cocktail of its kind was either crafted in a bar during the mid-1900s, or its existence began aboard a 19th century pirate ship.
The latter is, understandably, the most contentious account of the Pina Colada tale. This story claims Roberto Cofresí, a Puerto Rican pirate, crafted the beverage as a way of boosting the morale of his crew. Instead of the usual grog that had been served up, he purportedly threw together a drink with rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice the key elements of a Pina Colada. Yet legend states the recipe was taken to the grave by Cofresí, meaning proof for this account of the story is essentially non-existent. In addition, a key ingredient for Pina Colada, Coco Lopez, hadnt been invented at the time, meaning this 19th century version of the drink would have failed to match its modern-day counterpart.
As for the most commonly accepted story about the Pina Coladas creation, this belongs to bartender Ramon Monchito Marrero. Working in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton, one of San Juans most upmarket luxury hotels at the time, Marrero was reportedly asked to invent a signature drink which captured the flavours of Puerto Rico. After apparently spending three months trying to come up with the perfect concoction, Marrero hit the bullseye. His rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut mix proved to be a hit with hotel management, customers and celebrities alike.
At least, that is assuming Marrero was the one who actually came up with the recipe. Ricardo Gracia, a Spanish barman who worked alongside Marrero at the Caribe Hilton, claims he devised the Pina Colada. His interpretation states the cocktail was made by accident. During a strike in 1954 which led to a shortage of coconuts, he didnt have his usual drinking container a hollow coconut that held a popular drink which comprised rum, crushed ice and cream of coconut. Needing to improvise, and instead of settling for a regular glass, Gracia hollowed out a pineapple and used that instead. When the addition of pineapple got a positive reaction, he decided to add pineapple juice to the original coconut-based drink, creating the Pina Colada.
Theres also another hotspot in San Juan which claims to be the birthplace of the Pina Colada. Restaurant Barrachina, which opened its doors in the late 1950s and became renowned for its Spanish cuisine, purports the cocktail was conceived on their premises in 1963. For the non-believers, the restaurant even has a marble plaque beside its entrance detailing the story.
Regardless of its origins, Puerto Rico declared the Pina Colada as its national drink in 1978.
Iced Pina Colada Latte with Whipped Cream
For a cool, fruity blast of coffee goodness, look no further than this iced Pina Colada latte recipe. It takes the classic iced latte and flips everything upside down with the inclusion of Pina Colada. if you needed further convincing, the drink also boasts a coconut-flavoured whipped cream garnish, which you can make at home with a whipped cream dispenser and cream charger.
What you will need:
- First of all, grab a suitable glass and fill this with ice. Now add the following ingredients in order: Monin Pina Colada Syrup, espresso and milk. With everything in the glass, stir well to ensure all of the flavours have combined well.
- For the second part of this recipe, a whipped cream dispenser is required. When you have one available, open it up, pour in the Monin Coconut Syrup and fresh cream, and ensure the dispenser is closed securely. At this point, dont forget to screw in a cream charger otherwise the next part of the process wont work. Shake the dispenser energetically for up to ten seconds, giving the chance for the coconut syrup to fully blend with the cream. To finish, squirt the fluffy whipped cream on top of the iced latte.