Always a favorite, this classic Tropical Blue Hawaiian Cocktail is great for parties. Simple to make, you’ll love the flavors in this drink.
Tropical Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
Friends, we’re going to take a little trip today! A trip to the most amazing warm ocean breezes, swaying palm fronds, beautiful sunsets, and oh so much more. I’m talking about the gloriousness of Hawaii. I could go on and on exalting the praises of this glorious state, it is truly magnificent.
It doesn’t take much to conjure up iconic images of Hawaii. Even if you have never set foot on these majestic Pacific islands, you’ve experienced it through film and TV. I will say though, it far outranks the images we’ve experience on TV and in film in person. My husband and I went on a Hawaiian Islands cruise on our honeymoon, it was the perfect way to get a taste of the islands and see a little bit of what the islands offer.
Our cruise was of course fairly themed out, I mean if you’re taking a Hawaiian Islands cruise you’d likely expect a touch of tropical strewn throughout your time on the ship. From the moment we walked onto the ship, you have been swept away into a tropical experience. Everything from the flowers and decor to of course the food and drinks.
Today we’re going to talk about the ever famous and oh so beloved Tropical Blue Hawaiian Cocktail. It is not only so pretty to look at but tastes like an immersion into all things hula, pineapple, and boozy. Not a bad combo in my opinion.
My version of this classic cocktail is simple to make and party-perfect. Your guests will transport themselves to a destination far from your backyard deck to one whose ocean breezes and scents are unmistakably Hawaii.
What’s the history of this cocktail?
Well, as you can imagine it originated in Hawaii. Way back in the 1950s at the famous Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel. Bartender Harry Yee was tasked with the creation of a cocktail using the new on-the-market Bols Blue Curaçao liqueur. Poof, just like that a classic is born. The original cocktail has two or three additional ingredients which you really don’t need for the overall experience.
What’s Blue Curaçao liqueur?
So many liquor cabinets have a bottle of this blue liquid, but what is it? Essentially an orange liqueur that is dyed blue. The Lahara orange grows on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, the peel is dried and gives this unique liqueur its delicious flavor. You can find it easily in most liquor stores, sometimes it is clear and not blue.
What ingredients do you need to make a Tropical Blue Hawaiian Cocktail?
- Coconut Rum
- Blue Curaçao liqueur
- Pineapple Juice
- Garnish: maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge
Some tips for making this cocktail:
- The classic Hurricane glass is optimal for serving this drink. You can use whatever you’d like, just make sure it’s clear so you can see the great blue color of this drink.
- Want a creamier version? You can simply substitute the coconut rum for white rum and add some cream of coconut.
- Want a frozen version? Get your blender out, it is just that easy.
- Malibu Caribbean Rum is my preferred choice for coconut rum.
Simple steps for making this drink:
Fill glass with ice.
Add coconut rum to the glass.
Next, pour in the Blue Curaçao liqueur and pineapple juice.
Garnish as desired with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge.
Are blue drinks your thing? We can help, try these:
How about a tasty appetizer to go alongside?
- 1.5 ounces coconut rum
- 1 ounce blue curaçao liqueur
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- Garnish: maraschino cherry & pineapple wedge
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add into the glass: coconut rum, blue curaçao liqueur, and pineapple juice.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge.
To make a creamy version of the Blue Hawaiian swap out the coconut rum for white rum and add 1/2 ounce of cream of coconut. For this version, I would suggest mixing in a cocktail shaker and pouring over the ice.
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