Not So Blue Hawaii
You may have guessed that we dislike anything that smacks of fakery. Ersatz maraschino cherries, whipped cream vodka (who created that?!), and of course, blue curacao, an orange liqueur colored, yes, blue. Now, ironically, the only thing different about blue curacao versus regular curacao is the color; it tastes the same no matter how you sip it. The Blue Hawaii was created by bartender Harry Yee in 1957 as a promotion for Bols’ newest product blue curacao. Since the latter product goes in our Spirits Hall of Shame, we opted to make the Blue Hawaii not so blue after all.
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Lesley’s book “Gin: A Global History” (Reaktion) was published in 2012, and she is currently working on “Liqueur: A Global History” (Reaktion). She is the cocktail/wine writer for the LA Weekly and writes for Chilled magazine. Lesley has written for many other publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Gourmet, and Santa Barbara, and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum of the American Cocktail.