The Story Behind The Blue Skies Ahead

I’ve been on a tiki cocktail kick lately. After visiting several tiki bars, I was inspired to make some tropical drinks at home. I served this Blue Skies Ahead cocktail when I had some people over for a summer BBQ, and it was a hit! The crushed ice is especially great on a very hot day.


  • 2 ounces pineapple rum
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce blue Curacao
  • ½ ounce of toasted coconut syrup (recipe follows)
  • Pineapple fronds, paper umbrella, or edible flowers for garnish (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Strain over crushed ice, and garnish with pineapple fronds, edible flowers, and/or a paper umbrella.

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Updated: 2019-06-03

Toasted Coconut Syrup Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Toasted Coconut Syrup Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread coconut flakes evenly on a baking sheet, and bake for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the flakes start to brown.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Add cooled coconut flakes to a medium saucepan with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium heat.
  5. Simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Strain out the coconut solids and cool syrup before use. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
The Blue Skies Ahead Recipe