Blue Hawaii – recipe and guide
Blue Hawaii is a tropical cocktail with an ocean-blue color you can recognize anywhere. Made of coconut flavored rum, and /or vodka, fresh pineapple juice, sour mix, and of course blue curacao for that signature look. It’s a fun drink and pretty easy to make. All you gotta do is throw everything into a shaker and strain into a Hurricane glass over crushed ice. You can also make it as a blended drink, in which case, put everything in a blender with lots of ice, process until smooth, and pour into a glass with no ice.
Invented in 1957 by Harry Yee – a legendary bartender from Waikiki, Hawaii, after a sales representative asked him to create a drink using their product which was blue curacao. Harry experimented for a while before he settled on a variation, slightly different from the one we know today but the same light blue color, pineapple garnish, and cocktail umbrella. He then named the cocktail “Blue Hawaii” after the song and not the Elvis Presley film of the same name, as many people might think.
Blue Hawaii has both blended, and a shaken version – equally good and worth a try.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) coconut flavored rum (Malibu would be perfect).
*Optional – you can go for 1-ounce rum and 1-ounce vodka instead, but we prefer it with 100% rum.
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) blue curacao.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of fresh pineapple juice.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) sour mix (that is equal parts sugar syrup and lime juice).
- Pineapple wedge and a cocktail umbrella for garnish.
How do we make Blue Hawaii…?
- Put the rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and sour mix into a shaker.
- Fill it with ice and shake well until the shaker gets icy cold.
- Strain into a Hurricane or a Collins glass over crushed ice.
- Garnish with the pineapple wedge cocktail umbrella, and maybe a cherry.
- Enjoy. x)