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The Piña Colada

This retro classic, evoking the Caribbean with each slurp, is still Britain’s favourite cocktail

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ON 10 JULY, PUERTO RICO holds its annual celebration day for the piña colada – the pineapple, rum and coconut combo that’s officially recognised as its national drink. The cocktail achieved this status in 1978, and the following year it featured in singer Rupert Holmes’ chart-topping single Escape (The Piña Colada Song) as a symbol of frisky adventure. Its cachet might have dipped somewhat since these giddy heights, but (perhaps thanks to the endorsement of Del Boy Trotter) it remains a guilty pleasure. One survey in 2015 had it topping Britain’s list of best-loved cocktails.

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