We just returned from the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am already dreaming of planning a return trip. This Blue Hawaii Drink Cocktail Recipe seemed like the perfect tropical cocktail to enjoy while looking through Hawaii pictures.
Blue Hawaii Drink
You may see this recipe called a Blue Hawaii Drink and a Blue Hawaiian Cocktail. The reason may be because Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours started coming up when people searched instead of cocktails. LOL!
This tropical blue drink makes me dream of lounging by the swimming pool and enjoying the bliss of doing nothing but filling my glass with this tropical cocktail and just soaking up the sun.
I am so ready to make this happen!
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Blue Hawaii Drink! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Malibu Rum
- Blue Curaçao liqueur
- Pineapple Juice
- Cocktail Shaker
- Tropical Tiki Glassware
- Cocktail umbrella
How to Make a Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour the ingredients over the ice into the cocktail shaker.
- Shake until combined, and strain the mixed cocktail into your glass.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead + Larger Group/More Servings: The Blue Hawaii Cocktail is easy to make in a pitcher or punch bowl! Combine all the ingredients except ice in an airtight container up to a day before serving, then add ice as you fill each glass.
Storage: Always refrigerate leftovers, including make-ahead batches, in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Bonus - Frozen Blue Hawaiian Cocktail leftovers have enough alcohol that they do not freeze but turn into slushies!
You can make a frozen Blue Hawaiian by adding crushed ice and blending in a blender.
I have seen people use a sweet and sour mix if they want a different flavor from pineapple juice.
If you want to make this drink a little creamier, add cream of coconut or coconut milk and then blend it with ice.
Blue Curacao liqueur gives the drink its signature blue color. From the island of Curacao this fruit liqueur has the flavor of Laraha citrus fruit also known as the Curacao Orange.
Vegetarian Option: This tropical cocktail recipe is vegetarian-friendly!
Vegan Option: Vegans should substitute the Malibu Coconut Rum for an unflavored rum, as the liqueur’s FAQs confirm that Malibu is not vegan-safe.
Gluten-Free: The ingredients in this cocktail, including Malibu, are gluten-free, but check each product label to confirm if you are highly sensitive.
Alcohol-Free Option: Swap the Malibu Coconut Rum and blue curaçao with zero-proof alternatives to make this drink non-alcoholic. We’ve seen other recipes recommend blue Gatorade as a blue curaçao substitute since it provides color and juicy flavor.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 9 grams of sugar per serving, with each ingredient containing some sugar. To make it sugar-free, use unflavored rum and sugar-free blue curaçao and pineapple juice.
Tips for the Best Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
- You will want to stick with Malibu or any light-colored rum so your drink stays blue. Dark rums will muddy the color, causing you to lose the magical color of the Blue Hawaii Drink.
- We like serving our Blue Hawaiian Cocktail in tiki glasses and garnishing them with pineapple or orange wedges and maraschino cherries for the complete tropical experience. Add little paper umbrellas to the pineapple wedges for an even cuter look.
- Hurricane glasses are also a fantastic option if you don’t have tiki glasses in your home bar.
- Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
What to Serve with a Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
Make this pool-blue splash of sun-kissed paradise in a glass part of your next summertime gathering or tiki cocktail night! Here are some menu pairing suggestions.
Desserts: Pig Pickin' Cake, Mandarin Orange Jello Salad, Pineapple Angel Food Cake, CopyCat Sonic Coconut Cream Pie Shake, 2 Ingredient Coconut Macaroon Cookies, Bahama Mama Popsicle, Piña Colada Poke Cake, Key Lime Bars, Coconut Pineapple Drop Cookies
Drinks: Vodka Sunrise, Malibu Sunset, Carnival Rum Jumper Cocktail, Carnival Ting Mojito, Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot, Blue Shark Cocktail, CopyCat Carnival Caribbean Breeze Cocktail, Dirty Banana Cocktail, Mai Tai, Guavaberry Colada, Coral Reef Cocktail
When to Serve a Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
- Summer Parties
- Tiki Parties
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
Great Tropical Cocktails
If you are looking for more tropical cocktails perfect for a luau, backyard party, or any day you dream of Hawaii, check these out!
All of these cocktails are super easy to make and taste amazing!
Blue Hawaii Drink Cocktail Recipe
- Pour ingredients into a Cocktail Shaker over ice
- Strain into your glass
Recipe originally shared on January 27, 2013. Updated January 2021