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Best Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Recipe

Forget your troubles and get on island time with this Blue Hawaiian cocktail recipe!

Fruity, tropical, and sweet, it tastes like paradise in a glass. It’s made with pineapple juice, light rum, Blue Curacao, and cream of coconut.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail in a glass garnished with pineapple slice and blue paper umbrella.
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This fun tiki cocktail will be the life of the party! So put your to-do list aside and lounge poolside with your friends and a Blue Hawaiian.

Why You’ll Love This Drink

The Blue Hawaiian cocktail is a classic tiki drink that looks and tastes like a tropical vacation.

It’s delightfully sweet and fruity with tropical flavors of coconut and pineapple. It’s sort of like a blue pina colada!

You don’t have to book airfare, either. With just four ingredients, you can make this cocktail at home.

Not only is it easy to make, but it’s absolutely stunning. The cool blue color just screams summer fun. And yes, it’s as good as it looks!

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail garnished with sliced pineapple on a concrete table.

Ingredients

You don’t need a well-stocked bar to make this flirty tropical cocktail. It only takes four ingredients plus garnishes.

Here’s what goes into a Blue Hawaiian:

  • Pineapple Juice – For the sweet, tangy, tropical flavor. Fresh or store-bought both work.
  • Rum – Light rum is standard for this drink. You could also use Malibu rum for an extra tropical flavor.
  • Blue Curacao – It gives this cocktail its signature blue color.
  • Cream of Coconut – For a creamy coconut flavor. Look for it next to the other cocktail mixers.
  • Pineapple Wedge – A pineapple wedge makes this drink complete! So slice one for a garnish.
  • Maraschino Cherry – Another excellent garnish to accompany the pineapple wedge.

How to Make a Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Ready to sip on a Blue Hawaiian for a little cocktail vacation? Here’s how to make this drink:

1. Pour. Pour pineapple juice, rum, Blue Curacao, and cream of coconut into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake. Shake it until chilled.

3. Strain. Strain the cocktail into a glass with ice.

4. Garnish. Add a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry. Serve and sip!

Blue Hawaiian cocktail garnished with cocktail umbrella and pineapple slices.

Tips and Variations

I love what an easy cocktail this is to make! That said, these tips and variations will make it even better:

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  • Try pineapple juice ice cubes. Instead of regular ice, freeze pineapple juice in ice cube trays. As the ice melts, it won’t dilute the drink.
  • Use coconut rum. For a deeper coconut flavor, switch out the light rum for coconut rum, like Malibu.
  • Substitute with coconut milk. For a lighter variation, use coconut milk instead of cream of coconut. It will have the same coconut taste, but it won’t be as rich.
  • Blend it up. Treat yourself to a frozen cocktail by blending. Just add ice to a blender, followed by the ingredients, and blend.
  • Mix yourself a Blue Hawaii. This cocktail is similar to a Blue Hawaiian, except there’s no cream of coconut. Instead, use a sweet and sour mix and add vodka.
  • Add a cocktail umbrella. This little touch makes you feel like you’re at a resort chilling in a cabana.
  • Make it a party! The Blue Hawaiian is a fantastic pick for a tropical party. Stick with the theme and serve some Hawaiian dishes and tasty appetizers like poke and Kahlua pork.

Best Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Recipe

Servings

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serving

Get a taste of the tropics with this Blue Hawaiian cocktail recipe! It’s a tasty blend of Blue Curacao, rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut, with a cherry on top.

Ingredients

  • ice

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum

  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao

  • 1 ounce cream of coconut

  • pineapple wedge, for garnish

  • maraschino cherry, for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour the pineapple juice, light rum, Blue Curacao, and cream of coconut into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake it vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty, about 20-30 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a highball or hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish it with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Blue Hawaiian vs. Blue Hawaii: They’re two distinct cocktails. The Blue Hawaiian contains cream of coconut, while the Blue Hawaii uses sweet and sour mix.
  • Try pineapple juice ice cubes. Instead of regular ice, freeze pineapple juice into cubes. This way, as the cubes melt, they won’t dilute the drink’s tropical taste.
  • Use coconut rum: For a deeper coconut flavor, switch out the light rum for coconut rum, like Malibu.
  • Shake it up. Instead of blending, you can also shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain them into a glass over ice.
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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