Looking for a tropical cocktail that will taste and look like an ocean breeze? A classic Blue Hawaiian will answer this question. It is like a vacation in liquid form. When you look at the color of this drink you will think of the beach. It is blue! Our recipe keeps the color, the pineapple-coconut taste, and the rum kick – without the extra carbs. Whether you follow tradition and serve it “on the rocks” or blend it into a “frozen concoction,” it is delicious. We made the frozen version tonight. It is the perfect Tiki drink!
The Blue Hawaiian is certainly a classic drink and part of the “Tiki Culture” born in the 1960s when the beach, surfing, and Hawaiian tourism exploded. It was in the 1950s that Bols introduced Blue Curaçao and reportedly asked legendary bartender Harry Yee, who was working at the Hilton Hawaii Village in Waikiki, to develop a drink using their liqueur. Harry Yee has been called the “King of Tropical Drinks.” His drink was born and flourished after the release of Elvis Presley’s movie “Blue Hawaii.” Actually Yee’s version was made with sweet and sour mix, but through the years the coconut cream versions have become interchangeable with the original.
Blue Hawaiian Ingredients
Blue Curaçao is the key ingredient in the Blue Hawaiian. It is really nothing more than an orange liqueur with blue food dye. Grand Marnier disguised with a blue color, it is not really that new. The Dutch brought the blue liqueur to Europe in the 19th century. It is sometimes referred to as Pina Colada’s “flashier cousin.” This is likely due to the fact that the original recipe includes rum, pineapple, and coconut cream. We have previously posted our Pina Colada recipe – it is amazing. Make sure you try that low-carb drink, as well.
For our Blue Hawaiian we substitute for the coconut cream and pineapple juice with a carb-free coconut pineapple water enhancer. For the missing sweetness we use Liquid Stevia or EZ Sweetz drops. The only carbs in our recipe come from the Blue Curaçao and its orange base. At less than 6 carbs, we feel comfortable calling the drink “low carb” and it is certainly tasty. Most of today’s light beers and wines have at least 7 carbs for the same volume so feel free to enjoy this tropical delight.
Blue Hawaiian Preparation
In five minutes you will be enjoying this cocktail and dreaming of the beach! Preparation is simply mixing all of the ingredients in a shaker and pouring over ice in your favorite tropical or hurricane glass. As we mentioned, we like it on ice but many people love it frozen and made frothy in the blender. Your choice!
We do garnish with a cherry and a wedge of pineapple. Of course, a miniature tropical umbrella adds a lot to this beach drink. We know you will ask “where did that tropical umbrella idea” come from? It was none other than the previously mentioned Harry Yee! With our blog you not only get a perfect low-carb drink recipe, but you also gain a bit of trivia!
It is summer and the temperature is soaring. The sky is a deep blue and the heat will make you thirsty. Mix up a batch of Blue Hawaiian’s – head outside – lean back on a beach chair – whether you are on the beach or merely day dreaming about the beach – enjoy our Low Carb Blue Hawaiian!
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
A vacation in liquid form - a Blue Hawaiian looks like an ocean breeze and tastes great!
Place all of the ingredients in a shaker.
Add ice and shake until blended. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge.
For a frozen version add 1 1/2 cups of ice with ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy and icy.