Blue Hawaii Cocktail Recipe

Blue Hawaii Nutrition Facts






Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Blue Hawaii cocktail was created in 1957 by Harry Yee, a bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. This tropical drink was named after the 1961 Elvis Presley film 'Blue Hawaii'. It quickly gained popularity among tourists and locals alike, becoming a staple in tiki bars and tropical-themed parties.

  • The cocktail was originally created to showcase a new product, Blue Curaçao.
  • The Blue Hawaii is often confused with the Blue Hawaiian, which is a similar cocktail but with the addition of coconut cream.
  • The cocktail's vibrant blue color and refreshing taste make it a popular choice for beachside and poolside gatherings.

How Blue Hawaii Tastes?

The Blue Hawaii cocktail has a refreshing, sweet, and slightly tangy taste. The combination of pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and Blue Curaçao creates a fruity and tropical flavor profile, while the vodka and light rum add a subtle kick.

Interesting facts about Blue Hawaii

  • The Blue Hawaii's signature blue color comes from the Blue Curaçao, a liqueur made from the dried peels of the Laraha citrus fruit.
  • The cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which is designed to showcase its vibrant color and garnishes.
  • The Blue Hawaii is sometimes blended with ice to create a frozen version of the cocktail.


A few good options for Blue Hawaii are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Recipe. How to make Blue Hawaii Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, light rum, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more refreshing taste.
  • Serve in a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cool for longer.

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What you could change in Blue Hawaii

  • Blue Curaçao: Can be replaced with any other blue liqueur.
  • Light Rum: Can be replaced with dark rum for a deeper flavor.
  • Pineapple Juice: Can be replaced with orange juice for a different tropical flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blue Hawaii

What's the best kind of vodka and light rum to use for a Blue Hawaii cocktail?

While any type of vodka and light rum can be used, using premium liquors can enhance the overall flavor of the cocktail. Brands like Absolut and Grey Goose for vodka, and Bacardi for light rum are good choices.

Can I drink a Blue Hawaii if I'm allergic to pineapples?

Yes, you can still enjoy a Blue Hawaii without the pineapple juice. You can substitute it with another tropical juice like mango juice or guava juice.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Blue Hawaii cocktail?

Yes, a mocktail version of the Blue Hawaii can be easily made by omitting alcohol and replacing it with more fruit juice or non-alcoholic substitutes.

Can I use fresh fruits instead of bottled juice for a more natural flavor?

Yes, using fresh fruits can improve the taste of your cocktail and add a more natural sweetness.

What alcohol percentage does Blue Curaçao have?

Blue Curaçao usually has an alcohol content ranging from 15% to 40%, depending on the brand and type.

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Extra information to help you make Blue Hawaii

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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