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
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.
- 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.