Blue Hawaiian is one of the most popular tropical cocktails that is made by mixing pineapple juice, rum, creme de coconut, and blue curacao. The drink was invented by Harry Yee, a legendary bartender in Hilton Hawaiian Village sometime around the year 1957.
Legend says that a representative of the Dutch distiller Bols requested him to come up with a drink which features the blue color of their Curacao liqueur. He experimented with a number of variations and came up with a version that is a little different than the adaptation of the drink popular today, but with it signature blue color, cocktail umbrella, and pineapple wedge.
The drink got its name ‘Blue Hawaii’ inspired from the Elvis Presley movie with the same name released in 1961 and the title song of the Bing Crosby movie Waikiki Wedding composed by Leo Robin in 1937.
Variations and Preparation
Blue Hawaiian cocktail is usually served ‘on the rocks’. Just like most of the other tropical drinks, a number of variations have come up regarding the way the drink is prepared and the ingredients used in it. Sometimes, the cocktail is blended along with ice, just like margarita, and served in the form of a frozen cocktail. A number of different types of glasses are used for serving it, with the quirkier one considered to be the more appealing one. Some examples of glassware include parfait glasses, tiki mugs, or carved out pineapples and coconuts.
In most of the cases, light rum is the base liquor used for preparing blue Hawaiian cocktail, but sometimes vodka is also substituted wholly or partially to offer a distinct taste. Similarly, flavored vodka or rum, for example Malibu Rum, can be used to eliminate crème de coconut from the drink. Alternatively, you can completely eliminate the coconut flavor from the drink. Make sure never to use coconut milk, as it has a completely different texture and flavor and should never be used in blue Hawaiian cocktail. The only thing that remains constant in this drink is blue curacao.
Since the drink is extremely simple to prepare and completely inexpensive, it is sometimes served in the form of punch in parties as well. In its simplest form, it can be said to be a combination of a bottle of coconut flavored rum, mixed with blue curacao, a bottle of pineapple juice, a large bag of ice, in a large punch bowl. Blue Hawaiian is typically a seasonal drink, which is considered to be perfect for summers or warm seasons. Sometimes, the blue Hawaiian drink gains a light shade of green due to the presence of yellow colored pineapple juice.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1 Drink
Pineapple juice – 2 oz
Light rum – ¾ oz
Blue curacao – ¾ oz
Creme de coconut – ¾ oz
Pineapple wedge – for garnishing
Maraschino cherry – for garnishing
1. Pour all the ingredients together into a cocktail shaker along with the required amounts of ice cubes.
2. Stir and shake everything together well.
3. Strain the contents and pour into a Collins glass over ice cubes.
4. Garnish the drink using pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.