Drinking a bright blue cocktail might turn you off at first, but it shouldn’t. Blue Hawaiians are sour, sweet, coconut-y, and taste like a vacation. This tropical cocktail was created in 1957 by a famous Hawaiian bartender, Harry Yee. He’s credited with helping spread Tiki culture around the U.S, inventing several cocktails, and being the first to decorate drinks with paper parasols. Legend has it that the Blue Hawaiian was created after a Dutch distiller asked Yee to produce a drink featuring their blue Curaçao liqueur—the signature ingredient in this cocktail.
Follow this easy recipe below to make a Blue Hawaiian at home and impress your friends at your next get together. If you’re not a big drinker, you can always turn your cocktail into a mocktail by replacing alcohol with cream soda. Make sure it’s blue cream soda for that Blue Hawaiian look.
- 3/4 oz vodka
- 3/4 oz light rum
- 1/2 oz blue curaçao
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz sweet-and-sour mix (ready-made or fresh)
- Garnish: pineapple wedge
For Fresh Sour Mix:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
For fresh sour mix stir water and sugar together over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Add lemon and lime juices and mix well.
Add ice cubes to a glass. Pour in all the ingredients and stir. Slice a notch in the pineapple wedge and place it on the glass.