How to Make a Perfect Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

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Let’s talk Tiki! One of the most famous tiki drinks is the Blue Hawaiian, not to be confused with the Elvis Presley movie Blue Hawaii. The This epically cool looking drink is rich, flavorful and easy to make. Read on to see how to make a perfect Blue Hawaiian cocktail!

A Little Background…

Impress your friends with how this looks and tastes, and it is actually pretty simple to make. This cocktail god in the Pantheon of tiki drinks was originated in the 1950s with the boom in tiki bars, faux tiki culture and anything Hawaiian, since Hawaii was in the process of becoming a state (in 1959). That Elvis movie didn’t hurt either.

The Blue Hawaiian Cocktail was invented by head bartender Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957 at the behest of a salesman selling Blue Curacao. This classic cocktail is fruit-forward with pineapple and coconut, transporting you to the south seas with the first sip.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention here there is a cocktail invented about the same time called a Blue Hawaii, but instead of the Cream of Coconut, it calls for Sweet and Sour mix, but both use the signature Blue Curacao to give it its distinctive blue color. See our article, How to Make a Perfect Blue Hawaii. Alas, I digress…

Here is how to make a perfect Blue Hawaiian cocktail (and impress your friends!)

  • Tiki Glass (of course)
  • 1.5 oz. white rum (we used Cruzan Light Aged Rum)
  • 1.5 oz. blue curacao (by De Kuyper)
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz. cream of coconut (we used Simple Squeeze Coco Re’al Cream of Coconut, but Coco Lopez works well, too)
  • 1 cup ice (crushed, the snowier the better!)
  • A pineapple wedge, cherry and a little umbrella for garnish (optional)

Please drink responsibly.

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Pour all the ingredients into the shaker and mix well, the Cream of Coconut will take a little “encouragement” to mix, especially if cold. Pour this concoction of coconut delight over crushed ice into the tiki glass or mug. Garnish with a cherry and a cocktail umbrella.


You can multiply the fun just by scaling up the ingredients incrementally. For more than 2 cocktail servings at a time, we recommend you use a blender (your shaker would have to be HUGE or you will have melted ice by the time you try to mix a pitcher! Now you know how to make a perfect Blue Hawaiian cocktail! Let us know in the comments how this recipe turned out for you, and if there are other drinks you would like us to demonstrate for you.


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