Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian – Classic Blue Pina Colada

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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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

383

kcal
ABV

14%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Blue Hawaiian.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 2 oz Coconut Milk

  • 2/3 oz Blue Orange Liqueur

  • 2 oz White Rum

Directions

  • 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.

Notes

Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii – Original 1957 Harry Yee Cocktail Recipe

The History of the Blue Hawaii

Invented by Harry Yee in 1957, the Blue Hawaii is a classic Hawaiian cocktail and one of the few tiki style cocktails to actually come from a Polynesian island. Harry Yee came up with the blue Hawaii while working at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort in Waikiki after Bol’s approached the bartenders there and asked them to come up with a recipe that used their blue orange liqueur. After a few experiments Harry came up with this recipe called his creation the Blue Hawaii. Predating the iconic Elvis Presley movie by 4 years it is unknown if this cocktail inspired the title for the movie Blue Hawaii, but the drink did come first. As a side not I love the movie Blue Hawaii. I am a heterosexual male, but even I need to change my underwear whenever I hear Elvis sing “Can’t help falling in love”. It should be required viewing before traveling there for vacation. The movie was originally titled “Hawaiian Beach Boy” so perhaps while filming the director found the local blue Hawaii cocktail’s name to be a better fit.

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Blue Hawaii – Original 1957 Harry Yee Cocktail Recipe

0 from 0 votes
Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

163

kcal
ABV

13%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Blue Hawaii.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Blue Orange Liqueur

  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 2/3 oz Vodka

  • 2/3 oz White Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass filled with ice.

Notes