Posts Tagged ‘coconut’

Blue Hawaiian Mix

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
We recently had a request for a Blue Hawaiian Mix and discussions started flying around the office as to what made good Blue Hawaiian. One of our customer service reps, Mike Jones, is an Islander and was considered our “authority” when tasting the finished beverage. In looking it up on the ever informative Wikipedia, “The Blue Hawaii was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii when a sales representative of Dutch distiller Bols asked him to design a drink that featured their blue color of Curaçao liqueur.” We knew two things about a Blue Hawaiian… 1) It uses Blue Curacao (a delicate orange flavor) and 2) It is similar to a pina colada. When we verified this, we found there are two different types of Blue Hawaiians… The first is a simple mix that is similar to a margarita and uses rum or vodka. The other type incorporates coconut syrup, milk or cream and is only made with Rum. The color is blue. I know that there are others who are more informed than I am about creating a hand crafted mixed drink, so I sent a querry to Linked-in’s US Bartender’s Directory, asking if anyone knew of a good recipe for a Blue Hawaiian. This is why I love networking on Linked-In…I immediately received a couple of replies. Here’s one recipe that you might enjoy, courtesy of member Chris Milligan: 1 1/2 oz light rum
 3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
 1 oz coconut syrup
 1/2 oz blue curaçao
 1/2 oz lemon juice
 Crushed ice

 Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse to combine. Don’t turn it into a slushy. Garnish with pineapple flag, fruit stick and/or mint sprig. Another member, Mark Drummond, provided some insight into the rum itself. He offered a couple of suggestions to use, such as a spice rum, dark maple rum or an oak cask rum. However, he cautions, it will change the flavor. I hope that you all enjoy trying a Blue Hawaiian, and hopefully our customer will like the mix we prepared. Nothing beats a field trip to Hawaii to soak in the sun and sip on an authentic Blue Hawaiian, though. Maybe in the winter!

Flavored Syrups in the Coffee Industry

Monday, February 1st, 2010
Flavored syrups have transformed the specialty coffee industry…. And how many of us have focused on this niche market? When I first got into this business, all my energy was focused on syrups. As a company, we re-branded, re-formulated and re-launched the branded syrup line, only to find out that no matter which flavor we offered, customers wanted something else. But you can’t ignore the flavored syrup industry. They are the core of the café’s beverage options as they allow the barista to transform a simple latte into any variety of flavored drinks. This is the most mature product line within the specialty beverage market, as flavorings have been used since the 1980’s and have virtually fueled the flavoring industry and spawned many cottage industries that have blossomed into major beverage categories. The most popular syrup flavors are vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, almond, chocolate, English Toffee and coconut. And we have to have them in sugar free too!