Variations of the Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
Looking for a few twists on the original? We’ve got them all:
- Try it frozen: add all ingredients and ice into a strong blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
- Tone down the sweetness: add a little more lemon juice.
- Turn up the tropical taste: add a squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Make an extra foamy top: shake it a bit longer. Pineapple juice is jam-packed with proteins that will froth up perfectly.
- Tweak the richness: use coconut milk or light coconut milk if cream of coconut is a little too rich.
Is a Blue Hawaiian the same as a Blue Hawaii?
While both cocktails are shaken with blue curaçao and pineapple juice, one look through the hurricane glass and it’s easy to tell the difference between the Blue Hawaiian cocktail and the Blue Hawaii cocktail! The former is creamy with coconut while the latter is clear without.
Our Blue Hawaiian cocktail recipe creates a creamy, sweet coconut cocktail that looks more like a Piña Colada with a touch of blue. The Blue Hawaii cocktail recipe however makes a clear, fruity cocktail without creamy coconut. Vodka is added to the rum base with a sweet and sour mix.
How to make a Blue Hawaii cocktail
The Blue Hawaii cocktail recipe is super simple. Split the Wray and Nephew rum equally with Skyy vodka, pouring ¾ ounce each. Reduce the blue curaçao by ½ ounce and add bit more pineapple juice (3 ounces). Add 1 ounce of sweet and sour mix or simple syrup with a squeeze of fresh lime. Then shake and strain over fresh crushed ice and garnish with pineapple.
The history of the Blue Hawaii and Blue Hawaiian cocktails
The Blue Hawaii cocktail first arrived on the scene in the late 50s, when legendary Honolulu bartender, Harry Lee, was given a bottle of the blue curaçao to play with by a visiting rep punting versatility of the Lahara citrus peel-infused spirit. The Blue Hawaiian cocktail recipe is probably a riff on the original Blue Hawaii cocktail. 10/10, would recommend both!
Other popular Hawaiian cocktails
Island-style cocktails are a vibe. If you don’t like Piña Colada, here are a few tiki cocktails for inspiration, we’re talking the Mai Tai, the Halekulani and Rum Punch. Got you in a tropical mood? Grab a few palm leaves and faux hibiscus flowers, decorate a home bar and throw a party.