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  • Writer's pictureHolly Harper

If You Like Piña Coladas...

It has been said that you're never truly on vacation until you have a Piña Colada in hand. The delicious combination of coconut, pineapple, fresh cream and sweet rum make for a truly refreshing and tropical beverage.

However, the history of the Piña Colada and it's inventor is often disputed. A plaque on the wall of the old Barranchina Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico claims it was invented by Don Ramos Portas Mingat in 1963. Although this claim is strongly contested by the management of the nearby Caribe Hotel, who believe it was their bartender Ramon 'Monchito' Marrero who first blended strained pineapple, coconut and sweet rum in 1954 to create the sweet and refreshing beverage. All claims and speculation aside, we can't disagree that the Piña Colada is truly delicious. That's why we've got not one, but three teas inspired by this incredibly popular beverage.

Our Cha Cha Colada tisane tea is inspired by Carmen Miranda and Piña Coladas of course!

Carmen was born February 9, 1909 and died August 5, 1955. During her lifetime she went from being the daughter of a barber to the highest paid actor in Hollywood and also the highest paid woman in America! She rose to fame in Brazil during the 20's and 30's, she was then invited to perform in New York City, quickly taking Broadway by storm with her sultry Latin performances and Tutti Frutti head wear. Between 1940 and 1953 she went on to conquer the silver screen, making 14 films! It's pretty fitting that one of the most popular beverages from Latin America, the Piña Colada, also rose to fame around the same time. We created a tisane tea inspired by Carmen and the Latin American beverage so many love. Apple, rosehip, pineapple coconut and hibiscus create an incredibly aromatic, fruity and irresistible flavour profile that will make you want to do the Cha Cha.

Get Cha Cha Colada here.

Our Island Girl tea is a flavoured black tea blended with pineapple and coconut pieces as well as blackberry leaves and safflower petals, for a classic Piña Colada flavour profile that will transport you to beautiful tropical islands.

Get Island Girl here.

And finally our Oahu Colada Rooibos tea takes a Hawaiian spin on the Latin American beverage that is so well loved. Naturally caffeine-free Rooibos sets a relaxing 'island life' tone for the base of this tea, add in some sweet pineapple and coconut and you'll be off to Honolulu in no time.

Get Oahu Colada here.

All three of these teas not only make a great cup of hot tea, but they also make the perfect iced teas! And now that summer is here, why not make yourself feel like you're on vacation? Pick up a little bit of Piña Colada that you can drink all day, in tea form!

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