The Blue Hawaii was created by Harry Yee in 1957. Yee was the head bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. A sales representative from Bols, a popular Dutch distiller, asked Yee to create a drink using blue curaçao. The drink took the islands by tropical storm, making its way through famous bars like Trader Vic’s.
The Blue Hawaii
Transport yourself to the tropics with a refreshing cocktail. This dazzling blue concoction is reminiscent of the ocean; the color and scent make you instantly feel like you’re on vacation. It’s citrus flavor comes from the dried peel of a bitter orange laraha, grown on the island of Curaçao, which is how the liqueur blue curaçao got its name.
List of Ingredients
- 1/2 ounce of blue curaçao liqueur
- 3/4 ounces of your choice rum
- 3/4 ounce of your choice vodka
- 1 ounce sour mix
- 3 ounces of pineapple juice
- Pineapple wedge as garnish
- Maraschino cherry as garnish
- Ice cubes
Guide to Making It
- Gather each of the ingredients
- Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes, pour in the blue curaçao, rum, vodka, and pineapple juice
- Stir continuously for 30 seconds
- Fill a glass with fresh ice cubes, and strain your cocktail into it
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry for an authentic feel
For a frozen treat, add the ingredients over 1 cup of ice into a blender. Blend until it becomes smooth. With the addition of the ice, this variation makes enough for one tall glass or two shorter glasses. For more of a frothy drink, opt to shake the cocktail. The key to knowing when it’s ready is to shake until your cocktail shaker becomes frosty. It will become almost too cold to touch. If you find this cocktail is too sweet for you or a friend, adding 1/2 ounce of lemon juice will help to balance it out.
What if My Cocktail Is Green?
The color of your blue curaçao can alter the hue of your drink, as well as the ratio of each ingredient. Your drink should be a marvelous aquamarine color when the proper ratios are used. If you’ve chosen a blue curaçao that isn’t quite creating the color you’d hoped for, a simple drop or two of food coloring is perfectly safe.
How Is a Hawaiian Different?
The Hawaiian variation is often confused with the classic cocktail. It has been commonly accepted that the Hawaiian was adapted from the original. While both are a radiant blue color, the Hawaii differs in that it uses a sour mix instead of the cream of coconut. A dead giveaway that you are making a Hawaiian is if the list of ingredients includes any flavor of coconut, such as the cream of coconut or a coconut rum.
This island and mainland favorite never disappoint. Often referred to as the “swimming pool cocktail,” this is one of the most popular recipes to order poolside. Take yourself on a mini-vacation and try out our recipe today.