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Blue Hawaiian

Three glasses of Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

The Blue Hawaiian is your ticket to paradise. I’m excited to share this lively beverage as a bartender who loves telling stories. Its creamy coconut, pineapple, and rum flavor and magnificent blue hue evoke Hawaii’s beaches and laid-back atmosphere. The Blue Hawaiian is a drink and an island getaway. Sunshine, smiles, and tropical enchantment await with every sip. Let’s discover why this cocktail is loved worldwide.

Tasting Notes

The Blue Hawaiian is a sweet and creamy treat, with a delicious blend of coconut, pineapple, and a hint of citrus from the lime. Its blue color comes from blue curaçao, a citrus-flavored liqueur, which adds a fun and exotic touch. This drink tastes like your favorite beach holiday, full of refreshing and vibrant flavors that dance on your tongue.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Blue Hawaiian, you’ll need a blender or a shaker, depending on whether you want it frozen or on the rocks. For serving, grab a hurricane glass or any tall glass you have. The shape of the glass shows off the drink’s beautiful color and makes every sip feel special.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • Pineapple wedge and maraschino to garnish

Instructions

  • 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 and a maraschino cherry to garnish.
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Pro Tips

  • For a frozen Blue Hawaiian, use crushed ice and blend until smooth. It’s like a slushie for grown-ups!
  • Make sure to shake or blend well to mix all the flavors together perfectly.

When to Serve

The Blue Hawaiian is perfect for summer parties, poolside relaxations, or any time you want to add a splash of fun and color to your day. It’s a hit at gatherings and makes every moment feel like a celebration.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best taste, choose a light rum that’s smooth and not too strong. Brands like Bacardi or Captain Morgan work great. For the blue curaçao, any brand will do, but look for one that has a nice citrus flavor to complement the drink.

Similar Cocktails

  • Piña Colada: If you love the coconut flavor, you’ll enjoy this creamy classic.
  • Mai Tai: Another tropical favorite, with a bit more of a rum kick.
  • Blue Margarita: Sharing a vibrant hue with the Blue Hawaiian, this tequila-based cocktail offers a similar tropical allure with a citrus twist.
  • Adios Motherfucker: Its vibrant blue hue echoes the Blue Hawaiian, offering a bold, spirited twist with a tropical touch.
  • Blue Lagoon: It boasts a captivating blue color and a refreshing citrus flavor, making it a visually stunning tropical treat.

History

The Blue Hawaiian was created in the 1950s, inspired by Hawaii’s enchanting tropical scenery and vibrant culture. It quickly became a symbol of exotic vacation destinations and laid-back beach vibes. Over the years, it’s remained a popular choice for those looking to capture a taste of paradise.

FAQs

  • Can I make it non-alcoholic?
    Absolutely! Just skip the rum and blue curaçao and use a blue syrup instead.
  • Is it very sweet?
    It’s on the sweeter side, thanks to the pineapple and coconut, but perfectly balanced with the tang of the lime.
  • Can I use something other than coconut cream?
    Coconut cream is essential for that tropical flavor, but you can try almond milk for a lighter version.
Three glasses of Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Blue Hawaiian

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

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • Pineapple wedge and maraschino to garnish

Instructions

    1. Add all of the ingredients except the garnish items into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
    2. Alternative method: blend all the ingredients with ice in an electric blender or with a stick blender for a frozen drink.
    3. Strain from the shaker over crushed ice into a long glass or pour into a tall glass with no additional ice
    4. Finish the drink with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry to garnish.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his 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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