With the holiday season upon us, many are starting to plan for their Christmas parties and many more, their New Year’s parties. Its standard to bring something, either food or drink, to such gatherings but after spending all one’s money on Christmas you may be looking to go thrifty when it comes to such events. One of my favorite drink recipes from my college years was Blue Hawaiians. And the best part is you can make as little or as much as you want on a budget. Where most recipes call for specific liquors and mixes, the only constant in the Blue Hawaiian is the base ingredients: Coconut Rum, Vodka, Pineapple juice and Blue Curacao.
How fancy and upbeat you want them to taste is up to you after that. When I hosted these types of parties I would take a sports water cooler and make a vat of Blue Hawaiian which would service about 15 people comfortably. Now forewarning: this alcohol content in these is extremely potent so be sure to warn people. Being on a college budget there’s no way I could afford the cream of the crop in ingredients so I would settle for the plastic bottle montage. My go to on a budget Coconut Rum was Admiral Nelson. It by far is one of my favorite budget liquors which mixes the best. Next, I would go with the vodka, usually White Wolf Vodka. Blue Curacao is easy enough and if you have a half a bottle lying around you won’t even need to buy any because that is plenty. Next, you’ll need the Pineapple juice. This is the one area where I don’t go cheaper. I really only buy Dole’s larger canned pineapple juice. The imitation brands just don’t have the flavor that Doles does. Finally, you get to mixing. Now the biggest reason why this mixed drink is so easy to make in the masses is that it requires little to no measuring. It’s 2 1.75L bottles of Coconut Rum, 1 bottle of 1.75L of Vodka, 2-3 cans of pineapple juice, and 4-second pour of blue curacao, all over the ice. Stir and taste. If it’s too sweet, add more vodka, if it’s too strong, add more pineapples juice, if it’s not sweet enough add more coconut rum. Done. Even if you’re not hosting the party you can make this and bring it as a trash can punch and everyone can enjoy. Plus, you’ll be the person who brought the party. If you’re going to a more controlled party and want to bring the higher brands, I would recommend Malibu Coconut rum and Svedka vodka and for the pineapple juice, look for the smaller individual cans. Blue Curacao really doesn’t change but if you want to buy a higher name brand you can. The portions change just slightly: 3 oz of coconut rum, 2 oz of vodka, 1 can of pineapple juice, and a splash of blue curacao. Stir and enjoy. Happy Holidays and drink responsibly.