What drink could be more indicative of, more perfectly designed for a balmy, lazy summer’s afternoon you ask? The perfect escape cocktail (see what we did there) to rid these April showers blues? Enter the Epicolada. Part classic Pina Colada, a heap of Megaro Bar twist and every bit epic.
The Pina Colada was first invented by the infamous 18th Century Puerto-Rican Pirate Robeto Cofresi (“El Pirata Cofresi”), who dished out a concoction of white rum, cream of coconut & pineapple juice to help boost his crew’s morale. A kind of prototype Houdini-come-Robin Hood figure with way more balls & less nobbish hair than Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean, Cofresi fearlessly ruled the waves in the West Indies until he was executed by firing squad in 1825.
Cofresi has since been mythologised by the Puerto-Rican population for his daring & courage and the Pina Colada is their official national drink. There’s even a barmy looking statue of him apparently sharpening his sword on the back of an eagle. Or maybe we’ve had too many Epicoladas to see straight.
Anyway. In true Megaro Bar style we couldn’t let the story rest there and decided to throw our proverbial hat (or coconut husk?) in the Pina Colada ring. Head Bartender Nico Piazza first swapped out white for dark rum, choosing the Colombian Dictador 12yr for its sweet & rich profile. Next, he did away with the Coco-Lopez (yup, our Epicolada is dairy free for all you vegan pina colada lovers out there). To create the silken mouthfeel and nutty characteristics of the drink he soaks ground almonds in pure pressed pineapple juice & coconut water, which is blended with our bespoke sugar syrup, flavoured with coconut and vanilla.
The result is a light, flavoursome interpretation of the classic Pina Colada that serves up and oh so moreish. And what’s even better is unlike the overtly thick, creamy original, you can keep returning to the Epicolada again and again. Wait, that statue is starting to make sense now…
The only thing left to get you truly in the mood for summer? We couldn’t resist: