Puerto Rico’s Most Iconic Hotel Wants You to Send a Holiday Cocktail to Your Favorite New Yorker

Caribe Hilton Coquito Gram

Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton wants to make sure you can have a taste of the island even if you’re stuck at home this holiday season. 

The iconic resort, located in San Juan, partnered with Coquito NYC, a company that says it’s a “celebration of Hispanic holiday traditions that bring people together,” to create "coquito-grams" that can be sent to loved ones to toast to the holidays.

For those of you who’ve missed out, coquito is a traditional Christmas drink that originated in Puerto Rico that comes backed with delicious coconut flavor. However, this special edition comes with a subtle pineapple flavor that pays homage to the resort’s history as the birthplace of the original Piña Colada. According to the hotel, in 1954, bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero invented the Piña Colada in an “attempt to create a refreshing welcome drink for guests (fun fact: the first Piña Coladas didn’t include alcohol; it wasn’t until years later that the rum was added). After serving the Piña Colada for 35 years, Monchito’s signature beverage was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico.”

The hotel noted, with the 2020 coquito-grams, users will have to shake and stir for themselves. The DIY beverage kits come with all the ingredients needed to make a Piña Colada-inspired version of classic Puerto Rican coquito, only without the eggs and rum, which users need to purchase separately.

Those interested in trying it for themselves can purchase them for $40 per kit online at Coquito-NYC.com, Those living in New York City can also purchase pre-batched, Piña Colada flavored coquito online and have it delivered throughout the five boroughs. Check out more about the drink, and find a few recipes to pair it with, on the company’s website now.

Stacey Leasca is a journalist, photographer, and media professor. She wants coquito stat. Send tips and follow her on Instagram now.  

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