Created in 1957 by Harry Yee at Hilton’s Hawaiian Village, the ‘Blue Hawaii’ is the quintessential blue cocktail. Coincidentally, Harry Yee is also credited with creating the cocktail umbrella fad, thereby becoming the father of not one but two of the most maligned tropes of Tiki-dom.
Hailing from the eponymous Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, there is something indelibly evocative of a mythical paradise in the blue liqueur that is reminiscent of blue seas and even bluer skies.
This version from Intoxica! is not the original 1950s version but rather an anonymous variation from the 1980s. What I like about this one is the dash of cream which gives it that full bodied mouth feel. Beachbum Berry dedicates a significant portion of his book Intoxica! to blue cocktails, although in reality any cocktail that utilizes Curacao could potentially be a blue cocktail since there is really no discernible difference in taste between the or clear or blue versions. The reverse is equally true, if you are not inclined to splurge on a bottle of the blue stuff.
2 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz blue Curacao
1/4 simple syrup
1 tsp coffee cream
1 1/2 oz vodka
- Shake vigorously with ice and pour unstrained into a glass.