The Blue Hawaii cocktail, with its distinct azure color, is one of the most recognizable drinks in the Islands.
And it turns 62 this week!
Legendary Hilton Hawaiian Village bartender Harry Yee concocted this sweet drink on Jan. 3, 1957, after a Blos Liquer rep asked him to create a cocktail using its new blue Curacao liqueur. That’s when he created the Blue Hawaii. (Yee, who worked for more than 30 years at the Garden Bar, which is now Tropics, turned 100 last September.) He went on to invent several more island-style drinks, including the Tropical Itch and banana daiquiri.
Celebrate the cocktail’s birthday by making it at home with this simple recipe, courtesy of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, where the Blue Hawaii was created:
Classic Blue Hawaii
- 3/4 oz. light rum
- 3/4 oz. vodka
- 1/2 oz. blue Curacao
- 1 oz. sweet and sour mix
Combine all ingredients and mix well. If using ice, mix the ingredients in a blender. Serve in a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.