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Blue Hawai’i Drink Recipe

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This Blue Hawai’i drink recipe makes a cocktail with bright blue hues and tropical flavors. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a drink umbrella for a delicious Hawaiian cocktail.

blue hawaii drink with a pineapple wedge and cocktail umbrella

Slightly sweet and a touch of sour makes a Blue Hawai’i the perfect Hawaiian cocktail. Have it the traditional way on the rocks or blend it up for a slushy treat.

Blue Hawai’i, not to be confused with Blue Hawaiian which uses cream of coconut, was invented in Hawai’i by Harry Yee in 1957. He was a bartender at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki and was asked by a sales rep to create a drink that featured blue curacao. And the rest is history.

Many people think the Blue Hawai’i drink was named after the Blue Hawai’i movie starring Elvis Presley, but the movie debuted in 1961, a few years after the drink was released.

If you love fruity, tropical mixed drinks, then this is the drink for you.

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Blue Hawai’i Drink Recipe Ingredients

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amount are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

  • Light rum. Pick your favorite. Any will do.
  • Vodka. Pick your favorite. Any will do.
  • Blue curacao. A bright blue liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the bitter orange laraha.
  • Pineapple juice. You can use fresh pineapple juice or canned here.
  • Sweet and sour mix. You can make your own or get the store bought bottled one.
  • Ice. You don’t want a warm drink after all.
blue hawaii drink ingredients

Optional garnishes

  • Pineapple wedge
  • Cocktail umbrella
  • Maraschino cherry

How to make a Blue Hawai’i cocktail

  1. Add a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Then add rum, vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix. Shake until well combined.
  3. Add fresh ice to a glass. Strain drink into the glass. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail umbrella and ENJOY!

Tips for a great Blue Hawai’i drink

  • Use a cocktail shaker to get a perfectly shaken drink.
  • Use fresh ice in your glass to ensure a nicely chilled Hawaiian drink.
blue hawaii drink in front of a pineapple

FAQs

  • What flavor is a blue Hawai’i drink?
  • Blue Hawai’i is a mixed drink with rum and vodka flavored with orange liqueur, pineapple, and sweet and sour mix.
  • Can it be blended?
  • You bet. While the classic recipe is shaken, you can definitely have this drink blended as well.
  • How to store?
  • This drink is best when freshly mixed. I would not pre mix ahead of time.
  • Other great drink recipes to enjoy

    blue hawaii drink with a pineapple wedge and cocktail umbrella

    Blue Hawai'i Drink

    Yield: 1 serving
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    This Blue Hawai’i drink recipe makes a cocktail with bright blue hues and tropical flavors. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a drink umbrella for a delicious Hawaiian cocktail.

    Ingredients

    • ¾ ounce light rum
    • ¾ ounce vodka
    • ½ ounce blue curacao
    • 3 ounces pineapple juice
    • 1 ounce sweet and sour mix

    Instructions

    1. Add a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. 
    2. Then add rum, vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix. Shake until well combined.
    3. Add fresh ice to a glass. Strain drink into the glass. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail umbrella and ENJOY!

    Notes

    *Optional garnish: pineapple, maraschino cherry, cocktail umbrella

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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    By on November 12th, 2021

    About Relle

    Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

    I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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