Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

The Spruce

 

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
273 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
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 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.

Ingredients

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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Blue Hawaiian Drink Ingredients
     The Spruce
  2. In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, pour the rum, blue curaçao, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Stir well (at least 30 seconds).

    Blue Hawaiian drink ingredients in a glass
    The Spruce 

    Tip

    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.

  3. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes.

    Strained Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
     The Spruce
  4. Garnish with the cherry and pineapple wedge.

    Blue Hawaiian Cocktail with pineapple garnish
     The Spruce
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • 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.