Dinner with Mad Men ~ Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

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Every July and August since 2007, I've been watching new episodes of Mad Men. I don't watch much TV but I sincerely love this show and will go out of my way to make time to watch it. This year there is no new season of Mad Men. To fill the void, I watched every single episode from the pilot to the last episode in Season 4. Mad Men is on my mind a lot this summer. I love the elegance, the style and the food. I've been taking careful notes about the food that is eaten and the many, many drinks that are had and will be trying to recreate them.

A while ago, I got the Mad Men Cocktail Culture app for the iPhone. At the time it was free and you could only make one cocktail, the Vodka Gimlet, with it. Now it's $0.99 and my free version merged with the paid version (I still haven't paid), and I can make virtual 60s style cocktails. The game has you read a recipe for a cocktail, then go through the steps of making it based on memory. It's pretty neat. You can skewer olives, pour the alcohol, shake the mixer, blend with a blender, etc. At the end, you can virtually drink it too and have as many as you'd like without worrying about getting drunk. Swell!


I was really curious about making the Blue Hawaiian which was inspired by the Elvis movie Blue Hawaii. I made it virtually a few times on the app but decided it was time to make it for myself in the real world.



 Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

2 oz blue Curacao
2 oz of light rum
2 oz of cream of coconut
4 oz of pineapple juice
2 cups of ice

slices of pineapple
maraschino cherries

Makes two cocktails

Add the 2 cups of ice to the blender. You can get it a few early pulses to get it going. Add the blue Curacao, light rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice. Blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

Notes: If you are going to make this drink, make sure you are set on making it. I had to purchase a liter worth of blue Curacao because that's the smallest bottle my local liquor store had. After using a couple ounces, I don't know what I'll do with the rest of the bottle. I guess lots of Blue Hawaiians are in my future!

I didn't have any maraschino cherries because I forgot to buy a bottle. However, I had some black cherries so I took one, cut a slice in it and added it to the rim of the cocktail glass. It worked, but the result was not as pretty as it would have been with a bright red maraschino cherry.

Use cream of coconut. You can find it either in the Asian or Goya section of your supermarket. Don't think of substituting it with coconut milk or coconut water. You need cream of coconut which is thick and has the consistency of pudding.

I bought a large can of pineapple rings in juice. I used the juice for the cocktail and the precut pineapple rings for the garnish. I don't think it's worth buying a can of pineapple juice and a package of fresh pineapple rings (or a whole pineapple) when 1 can with both juice and rings is already available. It's cheaper too. Outsets the cost of that humongoid bottle of blue curacao!

Do you love Mad Men? Do you have the Mad Men Cocktail Culture App? Would you make a Blue Hawaiian cocktail?


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