If you are keen on a fun, refreshing drink with an island-style vibe, you’ve got to try our Blue Hawaiian Long Island Iced Tea recipe. Featuring a bright cerulean color thanks to the inclusion of blue curaçao, it looks as lively and boisterous as it tastes. Even though it features a long-ish list of ingredients, it also comes together very easily, which makes it perfect for beginners.
Love the orange flavor, but not the blue? Try Grand Marnier instead of blue curaçao.
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Feeling fancy? Add a sparkly blue edible glitter rim.
Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well, strain into a serving glass with fresh ice, garnish and serve
The mysterious history of the Blue Hawaiian Long Island Iced Tea recipe
No one can say for certain how this cocktail came about, but there are a few theories. Some say it was invented by a bartender in Long Island NY, in the 70s. Others say it naturally evolved from the classic Long Island Iced Tea over time, as mixologists played around with different ingredients to add their unique spin to the drink. Whatever the case may be, we’re here for the zest of the blue curaçao that sets this cocktail apart.
Other drinks like the Blue Hawaiian Iced Tea to DIY
Once you’ve learned how to make a Blue Hawaiian Long Island Iced Tea, you’re likely to have a bottle of blue curaçao hanging out in your liquor cabinet. With this fun-colored orange liqueur in the mix, you can also try your hand at a few other cocktails. While the iconic Blue Martini is one of the most popular teal-tinged drinks, you could also try one of the following:
Blue Lagoon cocktail
Rumored to be named after Iceland’s world-famous thermal resort, this zesty drink originated in the famed Harry’s Bar in Paris in the 70s. The recipe for the Blue Lagoon keeps things simple, with SKYY Vodka, curaçao, and lemonade as its three ingredients. This cocktail is super easy to pour, even for a complete newbie.
Blue Hawaiian cocktail
The Blue Hawaiian contains many of the same ingredients as the Blue Long Island, but is slightly less boozy. Our recipe yields a 15% ABV ranking, which is the equivalent of a glass of wine. Blend it with ice, and it’s diluted to a much weaker sip, about 7% ABV.
Blue Margarita cocktail
A Blue Margarita is a variation of the Classic Margarita recipe. It features tequila, blue curaçao liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup as ingredients. Popular garnishes include a lime wedge or an orange slice and cherry.
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Awesome opportunities to serve a Blue Hawaiian Long Island Iced Tea
Wondering when to serve this striking cocktail? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few occasions when this brightly-colored version of the classic Long Island Iced Tea will steal the show:
- Beach parties (it’s got ‘island vibe’ written all over it)
- Bachelorette parties (fun drinks = fun times)
- International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies (it’s a thing!)