Royal Hawaiian Recipe

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Royal Hawaiian

Vickie Parks


This drink dates to the 1920s when the Royal Hawaiian was one of the first (and most elegant) hotels on Waikiki Beach. Originally called a Princess Kaiulani, the cocktail became the namesake of the hotel by the 1950s, so the name changed to reflect that distinction. Few of the cocktails served in Hawaii, including the various versions of Mai Tai, are truly as Hawaiian as this original Royal Hawaiian. The key is getting the proper portion of the orgeat; too much, and you'll think you're drinking almond extract. And the delicious foamy top is in lieu of a garnish.

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5 Min
No-Cook or Other


1/2 oz
fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz
london dry gin
1 to 2 oz
pineapple juice
1/4 oz
orgeat syrup or almond syrup (i used the torani orgeat syrup for flavoring coffee drinks)
1 drop
grenadine (optional)
ice cubes


1Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and give it a few good hard shakes (so it creates a bit of foamy froth).
2Strain into a chilled cocktail/martini glass, and serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom