|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||32%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|*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.|
The blue Hawaiian cocktail is a fantastic and fun tiki 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 no exception so you might be tempted to drink more than one.
In essence, this is a blue version of the popular piña colada. It simply splits up the coconut and pineapple flavors to allow room for the blue curaçao, which is an orange-flavored liqueur that is responsible for the drink's mesmerizing aquamarine color.
You have two options when it comes to mixing this tropical summer cocktail. Shake it or blend it, either way, it's very easy to make.
Gather the ingredients.
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.
Garnish with the cherry and pineapple wedge.
Serve and enjoy!
- For the frozen version, simply pour the ingredients into a blender with 1 cup of cracked ice and blend until smooth. This will be enough for one tall drink or two shorter drinks if you'd like to share 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).
How Strong Is a Blue Hawaiian?
Assuming that you pour an 80-proof rum for your blue Hawaiian, it will delight you to know that this tiki cocktail is not so boozy. It's actually surprisingly light at right around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). If you toss it in the blender, you will have an even softer drink that's 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 recipe is made with sweet and 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.
The blue Hawaii was first made by bartender Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957. He was asked to develop a drink based on curaçao liqueur by a sales representative for the distiller. It was further popularized as a tropical drink at tiki bars, including the famous Trader Vic's.
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 the same pineapple-cherry garnish.