Hip Sips


If You Like Piña Coladas …

Yearning for a way to recreate that mellow feeling you got from your summer beach vacation? Try escaping to the tropics with a classic umbrella drink like a Piña Colada, my personal favorite.
    There’s a bit of controversy over who actually invented this drink, made with pineapple, coconut milk, white rum and ice, then garnished with a wedge of pineapple, a maraschino cherry and an umbrella. Most believe it was a bartender in San Juan, who was trying to capture the flavor of Puerto Rico in the 1950s. Some say it was either Ramon Marrero at the Caribe Hilton or Don Ramon Portas Mingat at the Barranchina Bar. Others believe it was Ricardo Garcia, who had two successful restaurants in Barcelona, Spain.
    But the inventor really doesn’t matter, does it? The drink has come to represent Puerto Rico and the laid-back life that characterizes the Caribbean, though one of my fondest sipping spots was one summer overlooking the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.
    But you can plan your escape today by heading over to Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge (1304 Lincoln Ave., 510-749-0332) for a taste of the tropics.
—Laurie Zerga

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