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 Yee named his new cocktail after “Blue Hawaii,” the song originally made famous by Bing Crosby in the film Waikiki Wedding and, of course, later made iconic by Elvis Presley in the film of the same name.
- 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.
A relatively restrained tiki drink from the legendary Don the Beachcomber, the success of the Test Pilot hinges on just a few dashes of Angostura and Pernod. The bitters and anise-based liqueur give the drink a beautiful, aromatic quality, while Cointreau and falernum add further complexity to the otherwise simple combination of two rums and a sing...