Blue Hawaii

Friday, January 13, 2012


One of my favorite gifts this Christmas in a season of incredibly generous gift-giving was a Waring Pro blender from my parents; built like a tank, it has an on-off switch and a chrome finish that would make classic car enthusiasts proud. But best of all, it makes finely-blended cocktails John and I hadn't dreamed of having at home a reality, like the Blue Hawaii. Blended cocktails get a bad rap and are usually confined to vacation resorts, but plenty of distinguished drinkers lauded the virtues of a frothy frappé, so whip up one this weekend without shame!

Blue Hawaii

1 1/4 oz light rum
1 1/4 oz pineapple juice
1 oz blue Curacao
1 oz lemon juice
small cube of fresh pineapple

Blend all ingredients with crushed ice. Garnish with a cherry and a small wedge of fresh pineapple.

Notes: Invented in 1957 by Harry K. Yee of the Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki, the Blue Hawaii was actually created at the behest of Bols, to boost sagging sales of blue curacao. Which isn't to say it isn't delicious–this vacation-in-a-glass charmed even John, who usually orders his whiskey neat! Cheers, darlings!

Photo by Romulo Yanes for Gourmet.


PS–I always tell other people not to apologize for being absent, but I feel terrible that I haven't gotten a chance to visit all of your wonderful blogs as often as usual this week. I'm happy to say it's because life and work are overwhelmingly, wonderfully busy, but I can't wait to find a little more time to enjoy your creative spaces!

33 comments:

  1. Thank you for that ps.

    I sometimes feel guilty for not having the time to comment on people's blog. Then I stop myself because I realize how ridiculous it is to feel that way.

    Happy weekend, Lena.

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  2. Yes! I just love a blue drink and all it's frothy goodness!

    Have a good weekend!

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  3. I have never seen a blue drink that looked so delicious. Enjoy being happy and busy! Hugs!

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  4. What a wonderful present from your parents! It's clearly going to see a lot of use. :-)

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  5. Oh sounds delish and makes me want to go to Hawaii right now! Gorgeous drinks. And I'm jealous of your tank-blender!

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  6. I haven't had a 'Blue Hawaii' in ages (I think the last time was in the '80s!) and this is tempting me to pull out my blender! Looks like it would be the perfect shade to perk up this dreary weekend we are expected to have!

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  7. Happy Weekend Beautiful Girl :) xoxo

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  8. Aah, makes me want to go back to waikiki! Happy weekend :)

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  9. Hope you have a great weekend whipping up more cocktails Lena!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  10. My mouth is totally salivating and it's noon. I'm in for it! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Have a wonderful weekend! No worries about visiting- being busy with work and life is a great thing!

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  12. Here's one I can't make this weekend! My favorite gifts are housewares too; my parents gave me a grill that s my absolute FAVOURITE!

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  13. this drink and a little Elvis playing in the background is gonna make for an awesome Friday night

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  14. My roommate and I both got a blender for Christmas, so I can definitely see a Blue Hawaii in my future. You know how I love Elvis!

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  15. now i know what to do with that curacao i have in the fridge!

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  16. That sounds perfectly refreshing! I hope you make several this weekend!

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  17. Love to start the weekend with such a cocktail recipe!!!! blue kisses

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  18. Yep. Delicious is all I can say! Oh, and gorgeous, too!

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  19. Oh, Lena... you're in my head as usual!! I keep leaning toward Hawaii as we go back and forth on honeymoon possibilities (especially this week!)... maybe this is a sign ;D

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  20. I usually like my vacation drinks coconutty but I would try this, yum!

    I want a vitamix but I'm too cheap.

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  21. Gorgeous!!! Wish I was in Hawaii drinking one of those beauties!!

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  22. You don't need to apologize! Thanks for sharing another wonderful cocktail. Always a good way to end the work week. xo style, she wrote

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  23. That looks really refreshing...

    no apologies needed:)

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  24. I'm sick (again, I know!) and this sounds so good to me right now. Guess I should stick to my tea with honey for the time being. Hope you are enjoying your weekend, darling.

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  25. What a fantastic color! Love it! And no apologies needed at all, by the way! :)

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  26. I'm a tad scurred of this color but the recipe seems like it would taste yummy.

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  27. ah! I can almost smell the beach.

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  28. oh this looks so delicious! it reminds me of a drink i used to get before i moved. i'll have to tell my parents about this one!

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  29. This is so PERFECT!! I'm leaving to Hawaii next wednesday ;)))))))

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