Food & Drink

Break Out Your Cocktail Umbrella for the Blue Hawaii

Invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, a bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, the striking Blue Hawaii cocktail is named after a famous Bing Crosby song of the same name. It actually predates the even more famous Elvis Presley movie by four years. Yee created it at the request of a sales rep for Blue Curaçao, whipping up a blend of rum, vodka, curaçao, and various fruit juices. It’s fun, it’s tasty, it’s oh-so-blue.

Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients |

  • .75 oz light rum
  • .75 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • .25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .25 oz fresh lime juice
  • Pineapple wedge, for garnish
  • Cherry, for garnish
  • Cocktail umbrella, of course!

Method |

  • Add rum, vodka, curaçao, pineapple juice, lime juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker tin with ice.
  • Shake to combine and chill and strain over fresh ice in a Hurricane glass.
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge, cherry, and cocktail umbrella.