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Blue Hawaiian

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.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

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

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

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


    1. 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)
    2. Strain from the shaker over crushed ice into a long glass or pour into a tall glass with no additional ice
    3. Finish the drink with a pineapple slice to garnish and a cocktail umbrella

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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.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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