Blue Hawaiian – Classic Blue Pina Colada

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What Does the Blue Hawaiian Taste Like

If you have ever had a Pina Colada then you know exactly what a Blue Hawaiian taste like. Only difference being the 1/2 oz of blue orange liqueur that gives it it’s beautiful color but doesn’t change the flavor much. The Blue Hawaiian has a nice balance of coconut and pineapple flavor with a subtle sweet orange note. It’s not quite as clean flavored as a normal Pina Colada but its much more fun.

Mixing Options for the Blue Hawaiian

You have 2 options for mixing a Blue Hawaiian. 1). Blend it with ice and make a slushy of it. 2). Shake it and pour it over crushed or shaved ice. Both ways are great and it just depends on how you prefer to consume the drink. Although blended most likely is the more traditional way to make this cocktail, the shaken one is my preferred way.

Blue Hawaiian Vs. Blue Hawaii

While similar in name the Blue Hawaiian and Blue Hawaii are very different cocktails. The Blue Hawaiian is more of a blue Pina Colada and the Blue Hawaii is more of a blue pineapple juice cocktail. The common Blue Hawaii recipe used today was invented by Harry Yee in the 1950s. The creator of the Blue Hawaiian is largely uncredited and unknown. Some credit Donn Beach with having created the Blue Hawaiian but I looked at 1940s 50s and 60s versions of his menus and I didn’t see it anywhere. Those who credit him with it don’t seem too confident he made it either so I would bet more so on the side that he did not invent it.


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Blue Hawaiian – Classic Blue Pina Colada

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Learn how to make a Blue Hawaiian.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 2 oz Coconut Milk

  • 2/3 oz Blue Orange Liqueur

  • 2 oz White Rum


  • Combine all ingredients into a blender with a single scoop of ice cubes.
  • Blend on low for 10 seconds or till the ice is mostly pulverized.
  • Now blend on high for 5-10 seconds to completely crush the ice and turn the drink into a slushy texture.
  • Pour into serving glass.


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