This weekend leading into World Piña Colada Day (July 10), take your taste buds to the shores of Hawaii, the island-nation of Cuba or the streets of Japan with every vacationer’s cocktail of choice, the classic Piña Colada. This year we’ve rounded up a Smoking Marshmallow Colada (nitrogen smoke included), Piña Colada Brulee doughnuts and an afternoon-long celebration with free flowing Piña Coladas. Bottoms up!
Smoking Marshmallow Colada – Om Nom Dessert Bar
187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Looking to make your followers green with Insta-envy? The Smoking Marshmallow Colada from Om Nom is the perfect cocktail. Encased in a glass dome filled with hickory and vanilla smoke, marshmallow rum, coconut and vanilla syrup, fresh pressed pineapple and toasted pineapple are expertly mixed together then topped with perfectly charred marshmallows. Order one (or two!) and rack up those likes.
The Salted Piña Colada – The Palm Royale
438 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
Melbourne’s hottest Cuban cocktail bar is hidden in plain sight at Richmond’s famed Church St. Hit the buzzer and enter a world of rum everything and we can’t go past their Salted Piña Colada. Rum and pineapple are mixed with ice cream, nutmeg and salt then poured into an icy glass. Perfect for those who want both a cocktail and a dessert.
Chai Colada – Rum Diary Bar
334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
We hear this hot menu item just hit the pages of the Rum Diary Bar cocktail menu. It offers all the best qualities of your traditional Piña Colada but with a chai twist. Bonus points for their rum made in-house and their homemade chai syrup.
Piña Coladas are often the drink of choice for every stay-cationer and now Melbourne’s more innovative pastry creators have transformed this classic cocktail into a sweet treat. Head to Donut Shop Coffee & Donuts to pick up a couple of Piña Colada Brulee Donuts or try Ichi Ni Izakaya’s Piña Colada Cake topped with pineapple and coconut flakes.
World Piña Colada Day at Hana
Raise a pineapple to World Piña Colada Day at the CBD’s hottest Hawaiian restaurant. Hana will have you celebrating in style as you sip Haña Coladas –a delicious concoction of Jamaican rum, aged rum, fresh coconut, fresh pineapple juice and lime- straight from fresh pineapples. Oh, and did we mention they’re triple the normal cocktail size and have complimentary refills? If that wasn’t enough, Hana has also promised leis, DJs and roving canapés.
WHAT: World Piña Colada Celebration
WHERE: 212 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000
WHEN: Sunday, July 9
HOW MUCH: $70 (includes entry, large cocktail on arrival, cocktail refills and roving canapes)
MORE EVENT INFO: https://www.hanarestaurant.com.au/
Nadine is a freelance writer and PR girl. In her spare time, you’ll typically catch her reading a good book, hitting up Melbourne’s coolest restaurants and bars, or finding her next adrenaline rush. She also can’t say no to a good scoop of gelato or pizza slice. See what else she gets up to on her Instagram.