Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2021, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 64

by Amer A. Vargas

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Blue Hawaiian cocktail, photographed by Ana_J from Pixabay

Following a great beginning of the new year, we continue “cocktailing” to entertain our palates and have fun discovering new, eye-catching concoctions and delicious flavors.

On this occasion, we will review the Blue Hawaiian cocktail (not to be confused with the Blue Hawaii, which is a different cocktail using sour mix instead of cream of coconut) as presented by our colleagues at The Spruce Eats on their website. And funnily enough, depending on how the light falls on this cocktail, it may look green to you instead of blue!

The Blue Hawaiian is a delicious tropical drink, as you can see from the ingredients we use to make it. These are, for one serving:

  • 1½ oz./ 45 ml. White rum
  • ¾ oz/ 22 ml. Blue Curaçao liqueur
  • 2 oz./ 60 ml. Pineapple juice
  • ¾ oz./ 22 ml. Cream of Coconut
  • And a pineapple wedge as well as a maraschino cherry for garnish.

And this is how you prepare it. To start, in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, pour the rum, the blue curaçao, the pineapple juice and the cream of coconut. Stir well until you get a homogenous mix. Then strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Finish by garnishing as proposed or another garnish of your choice.

The result is a sweet, tropical-flavored cocktail that most people enjoy; but if you (or the drinker) are not so keen on overly sweet tastes, you can add ½ oz./ 15ml of fresh lemon juice to balance the sweetness and make it taste tangier.

There are other variations of the cocktail. You can, for example, make a frothy Blue Hawaiian by shaking the ingredients in the cocktail shaker, or prepare a Frozen Blue Hawaiian by blending the ingredients in a mixer with crushed ice until you get a smooth brew.

Whichever you choice, happy February!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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