Blue Hawaii (drink)

iba = no
source = Chow
sourcelink =
name = Blue Hawaii

caption = Frozen Blue Hawaii at Gold Spike bar near Union Square, San Francisco
type = mixed
rum = yes
vodka = yes
curaçao = yes
served = rocks
drinkware = hurricane
garnish = pineapple or orange quarter slice, maraschino cherry
ingredients = * 3/4 ounce light rum
* 3/4 ounce vodka
* 1/2 ounce blue Curacao
* 3 ounces pineapple juice, unsweetened
* 1 ounce Sweet and Sour
prep=Combine all ingredients with ice, stir or shake, then pour into a hurricane glass with the ice. For garnish score pineapple or orange slice with a knife and inert onto rim of glass; optionally use toothpick or cocktail umbrella to spear maraschino cherry through center and attach to top of fruit slice; otherwise float cherry on top of ice.
notes = For best results do not use bottled Sweet and Sour mix, but rather make your own at the bar with fresh citrus juice and simple syrup. This advice applies to any drink that calls for Sweet and Sour.
footnotes =

The Blue Hawaii is a tropical cocktail made of rum, pineapple juice, blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix, and sometimes vodka as well. It should not be confused with the similarly named Blue Hawaiian cocktail that contains creme of coconut instead of sweet and sour mix, and never includes vodka.

History and Popularity

The Blue Hawaii was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii [cite web|title=Harry Yee, King of Tropical Cocktails|author=Rick Carroll|url=|accessdate=2007-07-03|] when a sales representative of Dutch distiller Bols asked him to design a drink that featured their blue color of Curaçao liqueur. After experimenting with several variations he settled on a version somewhat different than the most popular version today, but with the signature blue color, pineapple wedge, and cocktail umbrella. [cite web | title=Tropical drinks, part of the Hawaiian experience | url=|author=Lance Tominaga|accessdate=2007-07-03|]

The name "Blue Hawaii" is related only indirectly to the 1961 Elvis Presley film of the same name, and apparently derives instead from the film's title song, a hit composed by Leo Robin for the 1937 Bing Crosby film Waikiki Wedding. It was Yee who named the drink which, along with the films and songs, many other tropical drinks he invented, and tiki bars such as Trader Vic, did much to popularize a faux Hawaiian tiki culture, both in Hawaii itself and in the Mainland. The era was immediately pre-statehood, a time when Hawaii was thought of by most Americans as playground for the rich. Tourism and development was already significant, but all centered around Waikiki and at only a small fraction of today's levels. About 100,000 visitors per year were visiting Hawaii, compared to seven million today. [cite web | url= | publisher=Los Angeles Times (Frommers) | title= Hawaiian History|accessdate=2007-07-03]

Preparation and Variations

A blue Hawaii is typically served on the rocks. As with most tropical drinks, there are many variations in preparation, presentation, and ingredients. Hence, it is often blended with ice, margarita-like, to be served as a frozen cocktail. Many variations of glassware are used, the more whimsical the better: tiki mugs, cocktail glasses, parfait glasses, or carved out coconuts or pineapples.

The base liquor is usually light rum but vodka may be partially or completely substituted as a matter of taste. Similarly, a flavored rum or vodka such as Malibu Rum may eliminate the need for crème of coconut, or the coconut flavor may be omitted entirely (coconut milk, a very different product, should "not" be used). Even the pineapple juice is sometimes left out in favor of sour mix. The only constant, in fact, is the name and the blue Curacao. [cite news | url= | title=My blue heaven|author=Jason Tesauro and Phineas Mollod|date=2007-06-03|accessdate=2007-07-03|publisher=the Sunday Paper]

Because it is easy and inexpensive to make, it is often served as a punch. At its simplest, it is a bottle or two of plain or coconut-flavored light rum, a bottle of blue curacao, a can of pineapple juice, and a bag of ice, mixed together in a punchbowl. The Blue Hawaii is seasonal, often considered a summer or warm weather drink.

See also

* List of cocktails
* History of Hawaii


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