Classic

Rum • Sweet
Blue Hawaii

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The Blue Hawaii wasn’t named after the Elvis movie, like you might expect. In fact, the drink predates the film by four years. Bartender Harry Yee created the cocktail in 1957 while he was working at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. A Bols sales representative came to Yee asking for a drink made with the company’s blue curaçao liqueur, and Yee delivered a strikingly blue, sweet and sour mixture of the liqueur, rum, vodka and pineapple juice—topped, of course, with a cocktail umbrella. Yee named his new cocktail after “Blue Hawaii,” the song originally made famous by Bing Crosby in the film Waikiki Wedding and, of course, later made iconic by Elvis Presley in the film of the same name.

The Essentials

light rum
blue curaçao
Pineapple Juice
The Details

Ingredients

.75 oz light rum
.75 oz vodka
1 oz blue curaçao
2 oz Pineapple Juice
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz lime juice
pineapple
cherry
umbrella

Method

  • Pour all of the ingredients except for the garnishes into a shaker tin.
  • Shake with ice and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a cherry and a cocktail umbrella.
easy
Strength:

Rum Sweet Intermediate
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