ESCAPE: IF you like Piña Coladas

National Piña Colada Day is celebrated on 10 July, so is Bahamas Independence!


On July 10, 1973, The Bahamas became a free and sovereign country, ending 325 years of peaceful British rule. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Celebrate Independence Day 2019 with a visit to your favorite immaculate beaches on charter with Motor Yacht Sweet Escape!


"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" is a song written and recorded by British-born American singer Rupert Holmes. You’ll know the song. That loping 70s riff, familiar from childhood, a parent’s mixtape or a favorite FM playlist. The singer’s bright, breezy delivery. And then the irresistible hook: “If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. If you’re not into yoga, and you have half a brain … ”.   Discovered by millennials in 2014 on the Guardians Of The Galaxy film soundtrack, this particular track was a US No 1 on its release in 1979 then re-charted in 1980, making it the only pop song to hold the top spot in different decades.

The piña colada is a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. Because a drink like the piña colada is all about the escapism, it should be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both. The piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.


For a millennial take on the 70’s hit we make our our version of Escapism.  The use of young coconut water instead of a heavy coconut cream, adds freshness and vitality to that classic favorite of a piña colada.



Chunks of pineapple muddled to a pulp with a teaspoon of castor sugar

A healthy squeeze of lime for freshness

Coconut water and equal parts light rum

An ounce of Blue Curaçao would give it a color variation

Shake well so diluted with ice and aerated with the pineapple pulp

Pour through a fine strainer

Pack with crushed ice

Garnish heavily to add the escapism vibe!

Piña Colada Variations:

  • Amaretto colada – amaretto substituted for rum

  • Chi chi – with vodka substituted for rum

  • Lava Flow – strawberry daiquiri and piña colada blended together

  • Virgin piña colada or piñita colada – without the rum, thus non-alcoholic

  • Kiwi colada – with kiwifruit (fruit and syrup) in place of pineapple juice

  • Soda colada – resembles original recipe but soda is used instead of coconut milk

  • Kahlua colada – Substitute Kahlua (coffee liqueur) for rum

Enjoy Bahamian Independence Day onboard and have a classic Piña Colada.  Get all the Escapism you need before you head back to the real world!

July 2019