We love the beach. And we love cocktails. Try making this fun and creative drink that makes you feel perfectly beachy, even when you’re hanging out in your kitchen at home. Quick and simple to prepare (only 4 ingredients!), it looks fabulous enough to impress even the most discerning of house guests.
The Blue Hawaiian is a delicious take on the average pina colada.
It was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, the well-known head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, who was asked to create a signature drink using the blue color of the Curacao liqueur.
Here’s how you can make it happen.
- One fluid ounce of white rum (can be substituted with vodka)
- Two fluid ounces of pineapple juice
- One fluid ounce of blue Curacao liqueur
- A dash to one fluid ounce of pina colada mix for coconut flavor
- Maraschino cherries and pineapple for garnish; serve over crushed ice
First things first: chill those glasses. The more fancy the glass, the better the drinking experience – plus, it makes for better Instagram stories! While your glasses are frosting up in the freezer, mix the rum, pineapple juice and blue Curacao together in a large glass pitcher filled with crushed ice. Throw in your splash of pina colada mix, or if you’re more ambitious you can also use coconut milk.
Take your frosted glasses out of the freezer and top up with a layer of crushed ice before filling up carefully with the cocktail mixture. Drop a Maraschino cherry in each glass and serve with a pineapple wedge speared on the rim. Voila! Your Blue Hawaiian is served. Little umbrellas welcomed.
Fruity and satisfying, to quote Elvis from the movie–what else–Blue Hawaii, you can’t help falling in love.
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LAUREN MORLING is a South African travel writer living in London. A writer by day and a reader by night, she loves beach holidays, mixing up her own cocktails and traveling to newplaces. Follow her travels on Twitter.