Many bartenders across the Caribbean almost unanimously agree on one thing – while the piña colada embodies the overall spirit of the Caribbean, the drink is not a true representation of what each island has to offer. Tropical cocktails can be so much more than slushie, super sweet dessert-like drinks.
“The piña colada was created in the Caribbean by a bartender in San Juan, Puerto Rico,” explains Rajiv Johnson, bartender at Sandals Montego Bay. While Puerto Rico of course makes up a portion of the Caribbean’s chain of islands, limiting the nuances of each island’s flavors and cocktail culture to one drink comes off as close-minded. “Of course, guests continue to love these classic flavors, but we [prefer] to enhance them,” Johnson says.