This blog post is a huge shout out to my family-to-be who are currently in beautiful Hawaii on a much needed vacation! Last week Judy and Mike escaped the brutal Wisconsin winter to soak up some rays, sip passion-orange-guava mixed drinks, take memorable excursions, and dip their toes in the teal ocean. Needless to say, I’m a jealous wreck and currently sulking by watching way too much Netflix, making cakes that really shouldn’t be eaten, and fake-baking at the gym in attempts to achieve somewhat of a glow. Well, even though my tan is fake, my excitement for summer definitely is not!
While vacationing in Mexico many moons ago with my mother I discovered a brilliant concoction called The Blue Hawaiian. Now, since I was only scraping the ripe age of 20 I had never experienced such a tasty alcoholic beverage. This is mostly because the bulk of what I consumed came in a 30-pack for $16 and was retrieved from the trunk of one of my sorority sister’s cars. That aside, ever since 2011 this drink has been in the back of my mind just waiting to be mixed but always repressed because it’s perceived complexity.
Well, today we break barriers, my friends! Contrary to my previous belief, the Blue Hawaiian is not that difficult to make and only has a handful of ingredients – All in which are relatively inexpensive. It’s time to bring the fruit and coconut goodness of Hawaii to Wisconsin!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ounce Light Rum
1 ounce Vodka
- 1 ounce Blue Curacao
- 3 ounces Pineapple Juice, unsweetened
- 1 ounce Sweet and Sour
Alright, I found this recipe on WikiHow, and although most of what they have to offer is pretty legitimate, I believe that this recipe could use some tweaking. In my opinion, even though the recipe calls specifically for unsweetened pineapple juice, the juice can be sweetened all it wants. If it’s too sugary for you, that’s fine, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen unsweetened before and it’s not worth the hunt. Also, I believe that a splash of Cream of Coconut would take this drink to another level! But if you would like to eliminate the extra ingredient, you could simply replace the light rum with some Malibu to offer that extra hint of coconut flavor. I would much rather have Malibu in my fridge than light rum anyway 🙂
All you have to do is line up the ingredients, pour them into a shaker filled with ice, and shake like a champion for a solid 5-10 seconds. Or, if you would like a blended drink like the masterpiece I had in Mexico, put all of the ingredients above in a blender with a cup of crushed ice. Then puree its contents on high until smooth and pour into a chilled glass.
Top your vacation-worthy drink with a mini-umbrella, cherry, orange slice, and chunk of pineapple for the ultimate experience!
Now it’s your turn:
What was your favorite drink to cool you off and calm you down the last time you were on vacation?
If you would like more information on how to make a Blue Hawaiian click HERE!