Invented in 1957, the Blue Hawaiian cocktail was created at the Kaiser Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. The story goes that a salesperson for the European distiller Bols asked the famous bartender at the hotel, Harry Yee, to create a drink that featured their signature blue curaçao.
This liqueur is made from the peel of the Laraha, a citrus fruit found in the Caribbean.
About the Cocktail
Harry Yee experimented with a number of different recipes. Eventually, he was happy with a creation that was made with blue curaçao, vodka, and rum, mixed with pineapple and sweet-and-sour.
To make the Blue Hawaii, the ingredients are added to ice and then shaken, then strained into a long glass. If you haven’t come across sweet-and-sour mix before, don’t worry!
You can pick it up pre-mixed from grocery stores and some specialist outlets. However, you might like to make your own for a more vibrant final result. It’s super simple – the ingredients are just lime juice with sugar and a little water.
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
This cocktail is easily recognizable because of the bold blue color as well as the flamboyant garnish - usually a cocktail umbrella and a slice of pineapple resting on the rim of the glass.
- 0.5 oz Blue Curaçao
- 0.75 oz Vodka
- 0.75 oz White Rum
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz sweet-and-sour
- Pineapple slice and a cocktail umbrella to garnish
- Add all of the ingredients except the garnish items into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well (alternative method: blend all the ingredients with ice in an electric blender or with a stick blender for a frozen drink)
- Strain from the shaker over crushed ice into a long glass or pour into a tall glass with no additional ice
- Finish the drink with a pineapple slice to garnish and a cocktail umbrella
Truly a classic drink, this one has enjoyed a long and noble history. Now synonymous with the Aloha State, this vibrant and delicious drink will surely continue to delight holidaymakers looking for a good time for years to come.
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