This second-wave tiki drink was nearly lost to the sands of beachside bar time (along with your keys and wallet). Recently, however, it has seen a resurgence in popularity in the craft cocktail scene—and for good reason. With just five easily sourced ingredients, it’s simple to make, but yields a complex bittersweet flavor. Think tropical Negroni. Originally, the recipe called for dark Jamaican rum, but black strap rum (New York bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez’s contribution to the recipe) makes the drink all the more deep and mysterious. If you’ve been known to quaff a Boulevardier or a Negroni, you won’t regret your time with this bird of paradise.
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...