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Charlyn Keating

Celebrate Two of Mankind's Greatest Inventions

By August 13, 2004

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OK, these inventions may not have changed the world, but they sure made it a sweeter place. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Piña Colada, and the 100th anniversary of the ice cream cone. To celebrate properly, you'll need to travel up to the mile-high city, then down Puerto Rico way.

50th Anniversary of the Piña Colada
Back in 1954, a creative bartender named Ramón "Monchito" Marrero, who worked at the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico, invented the Piña Colada. It took him three months to perfect the recipe, which he continued to serve at the hotel for another 35 years. In 1978, the cocktail was named Puerto Rico's official national drink.

Here's Ramón's original recipe:

2 oz. rum
1 oz. coconut cream
1 oz. heavy cream
6 oz. fresh pineapple juice
1/2 cup crushed ice

Mix rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender. Add ice and mix for 15 seconds. Serve in a 12-oz. glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.

To taste one of the original Piña Coladas yourself, visit Hilton Caribbean or call (877) GO-HILTON.

100th Anniversary of the Ice Cream Cone
It seems strange to think of the invention of the ice cream cone -- hasn't the world always had this treat? Not so. The world became sweeter -- and a little chubbier -- back in 1904, when the ice cream cone was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair. So why celebrate in Denver? Three words: Free Ice Cream.

Loews Denver Hotel is giving away a certificate for a free ice cream cone to every person who checks in through Labor Day. Plus, guests dining at Tuscany get a free ice cream at lunch or dinner. They've also arranged for an old-fashioned ice cream wagon that will distribute Good Humor ice cream to guests.

To indulge, visit Loews Hotel Denver or call (800) 345-9172.

For more about inventors and inventions, visit About Inventors from guide Mary Bellis.
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