The sun, the sea and the sizzle of Puerto Rico have been drawing visitors to this Caribbean gem for generations. From the pristine beaches to the old, colonial streets of San Juan, the rum flows freely – in tropical cocktails, potent punch and straight, strong shots. Puerto Rico produces 70% of the world’s rum and is naturally the birthplace of the tropics’ official drink, la Piña Colada. Puerto Ricans know that the best way to start a rum run is with dense, greasy bar snacks and that best way to burn through it is with lots of salsa dancing. Finish up the day the Puerto Rican way, over a spicy serving of fresh fish stew and an ice cold Medalla, Puerto Rico’s favorite beer.
Where We Went
- Pinones Beach — Before a day of drinking, check out this beautiful beach town where fast food stand’s are abundant, and try an Alcapurria — a traditional Puerto Rican snack made up of a paste of plantains and taro root, then stuffed with meat or crab and deep fried.
- La Barrachina — Thought by many to be the birthplace of the Piña Colada, they have been serving up this specialty drink since 1963. Located in Old Town San Juan, the drink is said to have been created by bartender Don Ramon Porta Mignot. It consists of pineapple juice, coconut cream and rum and mixed in a blender with ice. Other people believe that the Piña Colada was invented on the other side of the island in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton.
- Nono’s Bar — Also in Old Town San Juan is Nono’s, a local establishment serving up mojitos, with a combination of muddled lime, mint leaves, sugar and rum, it also include soda water and is shaken and served over ice. You can also find Puerto Rico’s most popular beer here, Medalla Light.
- Serralles Castle — Located in the town of Ponce, this mansion turned museum will give you all you need to know about DonQ Rum. Although it’s made at a nearby distillery, you can stop in for a taste of some of their popular spirits like the Cristal, Gold, Añejo and Grande Añejo.
- Vista Al Mar Restaurant — After a night of heavy drinking, pop into this restaurant for their fish stew, a spicy and hot soup that will make you forget about the pain of your hangover.
Puerto Rico Facts:
- Coconut Water is the liquid directly from a coconut.
- Coconut Milk is the thick white substance that is strained from shredded coconut meat often used in soups.
- Cream of Coconut is a mixture of coconut milk and sugar cane nectar developed in Puerto Rico in 1954. It has almost 800 calories per cup.
- Medalla Light has 5% alcohol and 98 calories per bottle.
- Coconuts have Lauric acid which is believed to have powerful medicinal benefits, and is often used in soaps & shampoos.
- DonQ is the top selling rum among locals in Puerto Rico.
- The DonQ Cristal is aged, but because it’s filtered through charcoal it has a clear appearance.
How to Toast in Puerto Rico
THREE SHEETS TRIVIA
- What “rule” does Zane give for drinking rum?
- What was the profession of the last place finisher of the beer chug contest?
- What important step did Zane miss in his making of the mojito?
- What was Zane’s Drinking Making Score?
- What did Zane pour into his fish soup?
Hot Fish Soup to sweat out the hangover. Keep in mind that though sweating does rid the body of some toxins it further dehydrates you. So keep a steady flow of water to stay hydrated.
Please Sir, I Want Some More
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