Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Scooby Snack Cocktail versus The Piña Colada

My friend, and right hand, Dani was at a bar recently, when she heard someone order a "Scooby Snack."  Certain the patron wasn't ordering a dog treat, she asked the bartender what was in the
Piña Colada with key ingredients
Subject: Piña Colada with key ingredients | Date: 09/18/2012 | Photographer: Achim Schleuning | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license.
cartoon inspired cocktail.  The drink apparently consists of Melon Liqueur, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and Half & Half.

When she told me about the drink I thought it sounded vaguely like, the cruise ship drink, the Piña Colada, another rum based cocktail with similar flavors.  Curious about the difference, I decided to do some research on both drinks.

Ramón 'Monchito' Marrero Pérez claims to have made the first Piña Colada at the Caribe Hilton Hotel's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan on 15 August 1952. Yet, Ricardo García, who also worked at the Caribe, says that it was he who invented the drink, while Ramón Portas Mingot says he created it in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant.

 I couldn't find a history of the Scooby Snack, but its sweet flavor profile, and occasional addition of whipped cream, makes me think the drink was probably invented by a cruise line or a gaggle of giddy sorority sisters.

While the lime green Scooby Snack utilizes a melon flavor, not found in a Piña Colada, and derives its coconut flavor from coconut rum rather than cream of coconut, the biggest difference rests in the way the cocktails are intended to be imbibed.  Served in a tall glass, the Piña Colada is meant to be sipped slowly as cool breezes blow through one's hair.  In contrast, the Scooby Snack is typically served as a shot drink, to be downed quickly while partying hearty.
Scooby Snack Cocktail
Click name above to see picture of drink
1 oz. Melon Liqueur
1 oz. Coconut Rum
1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Half & Half

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled shot glass.
Piña Colada

2 ounces light rum
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut
Pineapple wedge & Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail or Collins glass. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.
Supplemental Note Added 08/15/14:
While every article I've read online describes the Scooby Snack as a lime green shooter, the drink Dani saw was milky white, and was served in a twelve ounce beer glass.  Served as a sipping drink would bring the Scooby Snack one step closer to the realm of the Piña Colada, in my mind.

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