Waikiki Wedding (1937) was best known for the song "Sweet Leilani" - but did you know that another song in the movie, "Blue Hawaii," is actually the inspiration for the cocktail called a Blue Hawaii? Well, it is. Most people think that the drink was named for the 1961 Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii, in which he covers the Bing Crosby song. But this refreshing blue cocktail was created by a famous bartender named Harry Yee in 1957, 4 years before Elvis' movie. He presided over the bar at the Hawaiian Village Hotel on the island of Oahu.
|The Hawaiian Village Hotel|
Anyway, as promised, here are the recipes...I plan to make these in my dream house, with the vintage cocktail shaker that I also do not have - yet. Not yet. But maybe someday I'll be sipping a retro drink that matches the swimming pool. In the meantime, here are the recipes:
BLUE HAWAII (from Food.com)
This makes one drink so multiply as necessary. Combine all the following in a cocktail shaker or, if you're using crushed ice, mix the lot in a blender: 3/4 ounce light rum, 3/4 ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce blue Curaçao, 3 ounces pineapple juice and an ounce of powdered sweet and sour mix. Pour into a tall glass and add a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry for garnish.
HULA HULA (from the 1941 edition of The Old Mr. Boston DeLuxe Official Bartender's Guide)
This also makes one cocktail: take 3/4 ounce orange juice, 1 1/2 ounces dry gin, 1/4 teaspoon powdered sugar, and shake well with some cracked ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.
The movie posters, the Hawaiian Village Hotel image and the bottle of Curaçao are from Wikimedia Commons.