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Summer Drinks: John Lermayer’s Piña Colada at LDV Hospitality’s Regent Cocktail Club

Regent Cocktail Club's Perfect Summer Cocktail by John Lermayer‏
Regent Cocktail Club’s Perfect Summer Cocktail by John Lermayer‏.
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MARNI BLICKMAN

With the summer sun already blaring, many of us are anxious to relax by the pool with the quintessential summer cocktail. The Regent Cocktail Club’s Piña Colada, a slight variation of the original 1954 Piña Colada from the Caribe Hilton Beachcomber Bar in San Juan Puerto Rico. Regent Cocktail Club’s Piña Colada is concocted by critically acclaimed head bartender John Lermayer, a finalist for this year’s American Bartender of the Year. For the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards, Lermayer has selected this classic cocktail to celebrate the season. “The Piña Colada is the greatest summer drink ever made.” – John Lermayer

John Lermayer’s Piña Colada at LDV Hospitality’s Regent Cocktail Club

Ingredients:
1 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
1 oz. coconut cream
1 oz. Spiced Rum
1 oz. aged Rum
4 pineapple chunks about twice the size of dice
2 cups ice

Method: Build directly in blender in the order of ingredients. Add 2 cups of ice and blend for 40 seconds. Garnish with a tiki umbrella and a fuzzy flamingo, they just make people happy.