If you're looking for a deliciously refreshing tropical cocktail, this easy recipe for Blue Hawaii is an excellent choice. This iconic blue cocktail is a classic tiki drink that was first created in the 1950s and has remained popular ever since!
- What Is A Blue Hawaii Cocktail?
- What Does A Blue Hawaii Taste Like?
- What Is A Tiki Drink?
- The History Of The Blue Hawaii Cocktail
- Why Does This Cocktail Look Green?
- Fun Facts About The Blue Hawaii Cocktail
- How To Make My Super Easy Recipe For Blue Hawaii- Complete How-To Guide
- Stack It Up!
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- A Super Easy Recipe For Blue Hawaii
What Is A Blue Hawaii Cocktail?
A Blue Hawaii cocktail is a sweet and fruity tropical cocktail that is made with rum, vodka, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and blue curaçao.
Blue curaçao is a blue-colored liqueur that is made from the peel of the laraha fruit, which is similar to an orange and is grown on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean.
The drink is typically served over ice and garnished with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.
What Does A Blue Hawaii Taste Like?
The Blue Hawaii cocktail is a sweet and fruity drink with a tropical taste. The pineapple juice gives the drink a sweet and tangy flavor, while the blue curaçao adds a slight citrus twist and a blue color. The coconut rum adds a hint of warmth to the drink, making it a perfectly balanced and refreshing tiki cocktail.
What Is A Tiki Drink?
Cocktails in the tiki drink category are typically brightly colored, fruity, and glamorously garnished. They are frequently mixed with rum as well.
The History Of The Blue Hawaii Cocktail
The Blue Hawaii cocktail was created in the 1950s by a bartender named Harry Yee. Yee was working at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii, when he was asked to create a signature drink for the hotel's new bar. He wanted to create a drink that was refreshing and tropical, and the Blue Hawaii was born.
Yee originally made the drink with vodka, but after the popularity of the drink grew, he switched to rum, which is the standard spirit used in the drink today.
The Blue Hawaii became popular in the 1960s and 1970s when tiki culture was at its height, and has remained a classic tropical cocktail ever since.
Why Does This Cocktail Look Green?
Even though its name is the Blue Hawaii, this cocktail tends to be green in color. I know... It threw me off too!
The blue curaçao liqueur is what gives the drink its bright blue color, but when it is mixed with the yellow color of the pineapple juice and sweet and sour mix, it turns green.
If you want your drink to look more blue, you can add a blue edible glitter like I did, but either way, it's a deliciously refreshing drink!
Edible glitter is safe to consume and adds a pop of color and sparkle to any dish or drink. In this cocktail, the edible glitter takes this drink to a whole new level!
Fun Facts About The Blue Hawaii Cocktail
- The Blue Hawaii cocktail was famously featured in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie of the same name.
- The Blue Hawaii cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which is a tall, curved glass that resembles a hurricane lamp.
- The drink can also be garnished with an orchid or other tropical flowers for an extra touch of island flair.
How To Make My Super Easy Recipe For Blue Hawaii- Complete How-To Guide
Now that you know all about the Blue Hawaii cocktail, it's time to make one for you to sip on! This super-easy recipe is perfect for making at home and can be adjusted to your taste preferences.
I adjusted the traditional Blue Hawaii to fit my preferences by using coconut rum instead of a standard rum!
- Coconut rum
- Pineapple juice
- Sweet and sour mix
- Blue curaçao
- Edible glitter (optional)
- Tropical fruit skewer
- Maraschino cherry
Fill a shaker with ice. Add the rum, vodka, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and blue Curaçao to the shaker.
Add a maraschino cherry into the bottom of your glass.
Pour your Blue Hawaii cocktail into the glass.
If you would like to make your cocktail more blue, add in a blue edible glitter.
Garnish & serve!
Stack It Up!
My favorite way to garnish this recipe for Blue Hawaii is by creating a tropical fruit skewer! Here is my favorite fruit combo:
- Dragon Fruit
I like to add my maraschino cherry to the bottom of my glass, but you could add it to the skewer too!
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- ¾ oz. Coconut Rum
- ¾ oz. Vodka
- 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
- ½ oz. Blue Curaçao
- Edible Glitter (optional)
Garnish (optional) :
- Tropical Fruit Skewer
- Maraschino Cherry
- Fill a shaker with ice. Add the rum, vodka, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and blue curaçao to the shaker.
- Add a maraschino cherry into the bottom of your glass.
- Pour your Blue Hawaii cocktail into the glass.
- If you would like to make your cocktail more blue, add in a blue edible glitter.
- Garnish & serve!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 minutes
- Category: 15 minute recipes
Keywords: Recipe For Blue Hawaii