Pina Colada (1922); Typical Cuban Dishes (1940)
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PINA COLADA (continued)
Merriam-Webster has 1923. What cite is that? Is it from Cuba?
The "pina colada" of the "pina colada song" is different, however. That "pina colada" is believed to have been first mixed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I recently e-mailed the food service there about their historic menus; the man in charge said he'd look, but never responded again.
From TRAVEL, December 1922, pg. 14, col. 1:
Havana has learned the art of mixed drinks from her nothern (Col. 2--ed.) neighbor, and has contributed some original creations. In Cuba the ingredients of every known drink are to be had--even those of the South Seas. At the end of almost every bar is a heap of ripe pineapples and green cocoanuts. An excellent drink is made by mixing the milk of the latter with a little gin and a _panal_, a cake of sugar-foam. But best of all is a _pina colada_, the juice of a perfectly ripe pineapple--a delicious drink in itself--rapidly shaken up with ice, sugar, lime and Bacardi rum in delicate proportions. What could be more luscious, more mellow and more fragrant?
TYPICAL CUBAN DISHES
From the HAVANA CHRONICLE, June 1940, pg. 4, col. 1:
_Typical Cuban Dishes_
ARROZ CON POLLO...
Is the same as the above dish, with the addition of shellfish, shrimps preferred.
FILETE DE PARGO CON ALMENDRAS
A filete of this fish--peculiar to Cuban waters--blanched with crumbled almonds and accompanied by a sauce, is one of the most delicious dishes served in Cuba.
CANGREJOS MOROS (Moorish Crabs)
The Moorish crab is the leading crustacean of all the Seven Seas. It has enormous, black-tipped claws, the meat of which is more delicious than that of lobster claws. Served cold with mayonnaise is the favorite way of preparing boiled Moorish crabs.
BEANS AND RICE
No Cuban midday meal is complete without beans and rice, red beans, chick peas and the most popular of all, black beans, the latter combined with rice, is familiarly known as Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians).
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