Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

The Spruce

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
273 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 273
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The blue Hawaiian cocktail is a fantastic and fun tropical drink. It's filled with rum, pineapple, and coconut and, best of all, it's blue. Blue cocktails are always hard to resist because the color lures you in for a taste of the sweet tropical flavor. This recipe, which is nicknamed the "swimming pool cocktail," is one of the best, and it's tempting to drink more than one.

In essence, a blue Hawaiian is a colorful version of the popular piña colada. It simply splits up the coconut and pineapple flavors to allow room for the blue curaçao. The orange-flavored liqueur is responsible for the drink's mesmerizing aquamarine color.

You have three options when it comes to mixing this tropical summer cocktail: Stir it, shake it, or blend it. Whichever way you choose, it's effortless to make.


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  • 1 1/2 ounces ​rum
  • 3/4 ounce blue curaçao liqueur
  • 2 ounces ​pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce ​cream of coconut
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry
  • Garnish: pineapple wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Blue Hawaiian drink ingredients
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  2. In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, pour the rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. Stir well for at least 30 seconds.

    Blue Hawaiian drink ingredients in a glass
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  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice cubes.

    Strained blue Hawaiian cocktail in a glass
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  4. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge.

    Blue Hawaiian cocktail with cherry and pineapple garnishes
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Recipe Variations

  • If you like, shake this cocktail to create a frothier drink. Just be sure to shake it until the outside of your cocktail shaker gets frosty and almost too cold to handle.
  • For the frozen version, pour the ingredients into a blender with 1 cup of cracked ice and blend until smooth. It's enough for one tall drink or two shorter drinks if you'd like to share it with a friend.
  • Want a slightly lighter drink? Switch to coconut milk or coconut cream as both are not as thick as the cream of coconut (sometimes labeled creme de coconut).
  • Since taste varies per person, if this cocktail is too sweet for you, add a 1/2-ounce of lemon juice to help balance that out.

How Strong Is a Blue Hawaiian?

Assuming that you pour an 80-proof rum, the blue Hawaiian is not too boozy. It mixes up to about 15 percent ABV (30 proof), so it's like a glass of strong wine. If you toss it in the blender with ice, it's an even softer drink, right around 6 percent ABV (12 proof).

Blue Hawaiian vs. Blue Hawaii

It is easy to confuse the blue Hawaiian with the blue Hawaii cocktail. While both are blue due to the curaçao liqueur, the blue Hawaii uses sour mix instead of creme de coconut. As a rule of thumb, if you see a coconut ingredient (including coconut rum) suggested in a recipe, you are making a blue Hawaiian cocktail.

Bartender Harry Yee created the blue Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957. He was asked to develop a curaçao drink by a sales representative for Bols, a Dutch distiller known for liqueurs as well as genever. The tropical drink soon made its way to other tropical-themed bars, including the famous Trader Vic's. It's highly likely that the blue Hawaiian was an adaptation of the original drink.

If you want to make a blue Hawaii, it's incredibly simple: Split the Hawaiian's rum with an equal part of vodka (3/4 ounce each), then pour 1/2 ounce blue curaçao, 3 ounces pineapple juice, and 1 ounce of sour mix. Shake and strain over fresh ice, using a pineapple-cherry garnish.