Creation of the Piña Colada

With a shake and splash of rum, the famed national drink of Puerto Rico, the piña colada, was officially created on August 16, 1954. The momentous event occurred at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by cocktail artist and bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. Monchito had been tasked with creating a new signature drink for the hotel.  After three months of arduous work, blending, experimenting, and presumably, tasting numerous trials, the official drink was completed. The piña colada, which literally translates as “strained pineapple”, is made from pineapple, creamed coconut, and rum.  You do not have to be Latinx to enjoy it.

Happy Birthday to Lincoln Díaz-Balart

Happy Birthday to politician Lincoln Díaz-Balart, born in Havana, Cuba on August 13, 1954. When he was four years old, his family fled from Cuba in 1959. Unlike today, Balart and his family were welcomed in El Norte; no paperwork for DACA, DAPA, or DREAMers was required. Balart was educated in Europe and the US, earning his law degree at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University. In 1979, he began practicing law in Miami, and worked for the Legal Services of Greater Miami, which provided free legal services to the poor. In 1986, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and later to the Florida State Senate, where he served until he earned a seat in the US Congress in 1992. Balart is a Republican who strongly supported the embargo against the Cuban government.