A fun twist on a Blue Hawaiian cocktail, this Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Float is a refreshing and fun summer cocktail recipe.
Tropical Cocktail Float Recipe
Hot summer days call for cute dresses, a swim at the beach or pool, and delicious tropical cocktails.
I don’t really make a lot of cocktails in the winter and just stick to red wine, but the minute the hot weather gets here I’m so excited to play bartender to all of my friends and whip up delicious, refreshing cocktails. The classics like our Jamaican Rum Punch or Mai Tai cocktail are always a great option, but I love getting to be creative and make things like our viral Hakuna Matata cocktail or our Mojito Slushies.
Today’s tropical cocktail is inspired by two cocktails with deceivingly similar names: the Blue Hawaii cocktail and the Blue Hawaiian cocktail.
A traditional Blue Hawaii cocktail contains rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curaçao and sweet and sour mix. A traditional Blue Hawaiian cocktail contains rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curaçao and cream of coconut. This recipe takes inspiration from both! We used coconut rum so it has the coconut flavor of a Blue Hawaiian, but we let the creaminess of the pineapple sorbet replace the cream of coconut.
The drink starts off strong, but as the sorbet melts it gets creamier and less strong. You can add some pineapple juice, if desired, to make a lighter cocktail – but I prefer to just let the melted sorbet mellow out the drink.
What if I don’t want to use coconut rum? If you don’t have coconut rum, you can use your favorite brand of plain rum (or vodka) and either add in a teaspoon of coconut extract, a dash of coconut cream, a scoop of coconut sorbet or just skip that flavor altogether.
Do I need to use Blue Curaçao? Not at all! I used it to stay as true to the original Blue Hawaiian inspiration as possible, but you can swap it out for any triple sec, or just replace with a citrus-based juice for a less strong cocktail.
Can I use ice cream instead of sorbet? Absolutely – I just prefer the flavor of fruit sorbets to fruit ice creams. Coconut ice cream would also be delicious in this recipe.
I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. You can order the Coconut Rum and Blue Curaçao needed for this recipe from them.
We made these Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Floats for our Splash Movie Night. We also made Mermaid Floam Slime and served:
- Parmesan Steak and Cajun Shrimp
- Mermaid Dessert Bark
- Garlic Broccoli
I made Ella a mocktail version of my cocktail with a scoop of the sorbet and Blue Hawaiian punch.
Blue Hawaiian Float Cocktail
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can use coconut sorbet instead of pineapple, if you prefer.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Liquid measure (shot measure/jigger)
- Cocktail shaker
- Ice maker
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Cocktail Float
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the coconut rum, blue curaçao and (optional) pineapple juice. Shake to combine and chill for 30 seconds.
Place a scoop of pineapple sorbet in your cocktail glass and then pour the cocktail over the sorbet.
Serve and enjoy immediately.
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Grab your free printable for our tropical float cocktail recipe:
- 3 oz Coconut Rum
- 1 oz Blue Curaçao
- 4 oz Pineapple Juice, optional
- 2 scoops Pineapple Sorbet
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the coconut rum, blue curaçao and (optional) pineapple juice. Shake to combine and chill for 30 seconds.
- Place a scoop of pineapple sorbet in your cocktail glass and then pour the cocktail over the sorbet.
- Serve and enjoy immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 3gSugar: 59gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This ice cream cocktail is such a fun way too cool off at the end of a hot summer day.