Did you know, the name “Blue Hawaii” is related only indirectly to the 1961 Elvis Presley film of the same name, and apparently derives instead from the film’s title song, a hit composed by Leo Robin for the 1937 Bing Crosby film Waikiki Wedding. It was Yee who named the drink which, along with the films and songs, many other tropical drinks he invented, and tiki bars such as Trader Vic, did much to popularize a faux Hawaiian tiki culture, both in Hawaii itself and on the Mainland. The era was immediately pre-statehood, a time when Hawaii was thought of by most Americans as playground for the rich. Tourism and development was already significant, but all centered around Waikiki and at only a small fraction of today’s levels – about 100,000 visitors per year then, compared to seven million today. Source: wikipedia
Blue Hawaii Martini
8 ounces vodka (1 cup) Use rum to make the original “Blue Hawaii” cocktail.
2 ounces blue curacao (1/4 cup) Blue curacao adds an orange flavor and tropical blue hue to this special cocktail recipe.
2 ounces pineapple juice (1/4 cup)
Orange wedges (optional)
In a pitcher, combine vodka, blue curacao, and pineapple juice. Place ice cubes in a martini shaker. Add the liqueur mixture; shake. Strain into four chilled martini glasses. If desired, garnish each serving with an orange wedge.
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