Today is National Piña Colada Day. And, with the Piña Colada finally back in fashion after decades on the never-touch list, we recommend you make the most of it.
There are, of course, two main styles of Piña Colada: the Cuban style, which is rum and pineapple with a hint of lime and sugar, and the Puerto Rican style, blended with additional cream of coconut. The Puerto Rican style doesn't need to be sticky-sweet and going easy on the coconut cream is key. Consider also adding extra body with a dash of pot still rum. And, since it's Piña Colada Day after all, why not go tiki-tastic and hollow out a pineapple (or grab a coconut shell), and serve the drink in a natural receptacle.
If you are looking for a good Piña Colada recipe we recommend our own recipe, and perhaps read our Piña Colada page with links to many more recipes and the drink's much contested history.
Today is also Independence Day in The Bahamas
One minute after midnight on this day in 1973, The Bahamas flag was raised for the first time over government buildings where the Union Jack once flew. (Don't worry, our Liz remains their Queen.)
And today the good folk of The Bahamas will be celebrating with - what else? - a massive, island-wide party. There are 29 islands in The Bahamas, not to mention 661 cays (sandy islands on the surface of the coral reef) and well over a couple of thousand islets, and many of the inhabitants celebrate Independence Day by participating in carnival-style costume parades known as Junkanoo.
Along with singing and dancing, there's a hefty party atmosphere, not to mention plenty of the islands' favourite rums. So we thought we'd raise a toast today to the good folk of The Bahamas (and Queen Elizabeth), with a Bahamas Daiquiri, an extremely tropical rum blend.