Australia’s Department of Agriculture announced that it is in the final stages of developing a new breed of pineapple that is sweet and juicy, but has the added taste of coconut, making it suitable for piña colada cocktails.
The AusFestival pineapple will allow mixologists to create better piña colada drinks for everyone. While it won’t revolutionize mixology, it will definitely add something different. The agency’s research station in Queensland has been working on this breed of pineapple for more than a decade.
The pineapple has a coconut flavor, which is unique. The piña colada was developed almost six decades ago in Puerto Rico by Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero. It took him three months to come up with this drink.
Currently, piña coladas are made by shaking rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice together with ice before straining the mixture and serving it.
Initially, the researchers didn’t intend on creating a pineapple that tasted like coconut. They were simply trying to get a nicely-flavored pineapple, low in acid and aromatic. It will take at least two years before the first commercial AusFestival pineapples are planted.