Sometimes a cocktail is all about the context in which you drink it. For me, the pina colada is a great example. A tropical beach setting is perfect for a concoction of pineapple (fresh of course), cream of coconut, ice, and a healthy amount of rum. Just the thought of it transports me back to a recent vacation in the Dominican Republic.
Click here for a thoughtful article about the pina colada from Carrie Allan. You might learn something new, e.g. the pina colada is the official drink of Puerto Rico.
She's absolutely correct that the prevailing cocktail culture isn't a good environment for a drink such as a pina colada. Right now there's a lot of focus on whiskey based cocktails, e.g. the Manhattan, cocktails that have amari (bitters), e.g. the Amaro Amore, or cocktails that have whiskey and amari, e.g. the Lupara (one of my original creations).
Of course, times and tastes change, and like many other things in life the cocktail culture is no different. Considering the recent revival of tiki drinks, in which fresh pineapple juice is a major player, maybe the pina colada is about to have another moment in the sun. Como se dice "colada comeback" en espanol?