Which came first, the movie or the cocktail? Either way, make the Blue Hawaii drink and dream of the beach.
By Michelle M. Winner
Was The Elvis Movie ” Blue Hawaii” named after the tropical drink? Image: Hilton
Have you visited the smooth crescent of sand at the end of Waikiki Beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort ?
So many cool things happen here. This is where some scenes of Elvis’ Blue Hawaii movie ( 1961) were shot, the new Hawaii 5-0 frequently films at the Hilton, President Kennedy stopped here and so have movie stars and royalty. Back to the Blue Hawaii cocktail though. It was invented way back in 1957 by a Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort bartender Harry Yee.
Mr. Yee was asked by a representative of Bols to create a new drink using the company’s new Blue Curacao liqueur. After several variations, Yee settled on a version somewhat different than the most popular version today, but with the signature blue color, pineapple wedge and cocktail umbrella. The Blue Hawaii was born. Now the question remains, if the drink was invented on the spot where the movie was filmed and the movie was made after the drink was invented, and Elvis was known to like his cocktails, is there a good case for the name of this iconic Elvis movie to have been named for the drink? Sip on one and get back to me.
- ¾ oz. light rum
- ¾ oz. vodka
- ½ oz. Blue Curacao
- 3 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 oz. sweet & sour mix
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- If using ice, mix the ingredients in a blender.
- Serve in a tall glass or hurricane glass.
- Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.
Michelle was born with a fork in her hand. As a culinary travel writer and confirmed foodophile she delights in the world-wide discovery of new flavor profiles, spices, salts and herbs. Based in one of the world's foodie meccas; Portland, Oregon, not far from "Pinot Noir Heaven" Michelle shares culinary travel and chef's recipes. Her photography has appeared in Saveur Magazine and she has contributed culinary travel articles to Forbes online, WSJ online, Business Insider, Condé Nast Digital Media, Islands magazine and many others. A confirmed globetrotter, she still keeps her bags packed and fork in hand (well . . . except through airport security.)