Iconic Beach Cocktails and Where to Get the Original
Learn more about your favorite pool drinks and where they were born.
The Blue Hawaiian was invented by Harry Yee, who was the head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in the 1950s. The drink is still served there today and Harry, 96, still walks around Honolulu. The drink was inspired by the beautiful color of the Pacific Ocean.
Mai TaiThe godfather of all tiki drinks is the Mai Tai. Named after the Tahitian word for good, this cocktail was invented by Victor J. Bergeron of Trader Vic's fame in 1944. Victor's family is still at the helm of the brand and now Trader Vic's has locations worldwide where you can order the drink. 960 1280
The Pina Colada takes rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice then blends it with ice to make the beverage created in 1978. Ramon Portas Mingot claims to be the creator of this drink and you can still find it served today at the spot he worked, the Barrachina Restaurant, in the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico.
The Zombie is my personal favorite beach drink and is from the mind of Donn Beach who founded Don the Beachcomber restaurant. This drink has a list of ingredients but, like most tiki cocktails, features rum. While first mixed in the 1930s, you can find them served at Don the Beachcomber any day of the week.