As I was driving the convertible into work this morning, Bing’s version of Blue Hawaii came on the XM-band radio. It was like, kismet, man. So here it is, for you laid-back swingers who want to bask in the hot tropical sun,
The Blue Hawaiian
An easy drink to make, this Tiki Cocktail looks kool, tastes great and is very refreshing on hot sandy beach.
1 oz silver rum
(or kick it up with an ounce of Sailor Jerry or Bacardi 151)
1 oz blue curacao
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cream of coconut (Coco Loco)
Shake the rum, curacao, pineapple juice and cream of coconut well in shaker with ice and strain into a clear hurricane glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish it up with a sword full of cherries and pineapple, and top it off with the orchid. If you don’t have an orchid, don’t sweat it. Just put one of those little plastic mermaids on the side of the glass.
You can also go a step further and do the more popular frozen variety by adding a cup of crushed ice and blending. Vodka is often substituted for rum in the Frozen Blue Hawaiian, thanks to the efforts of Smirnoff’s marketing department. But who ever heard of Hawaiians drinking blue vodka? Wait…I don’t think Hawaiians originally had rum either. C’est la vie, baby.
-Tiki Chris reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ tiki blog for tikiphiles and retro-lovin’ hep kats.