The Blue Lagoon Cocktail is one of the most gorgeous Blue Curacao drinks and it tastes like summer in a glass. Refreshingly sweet and tart spiked with vodka and Blue Curacao liqueur. Even better, the Blue Lagoon drink is an easy summer cocktail to make!
This Blue Lagoon cocktail is so stunning and it’s delicious – my favorite cocktail combination! I’ve made other Blue Curacao drinks, such as this Blue Hawaiian (which is creamy delish!) but this is the first time I’ve mixed Blue Curacao with clear mixers. I love how vibrant this blue drink turns out.
With this Blue Lagoon drink recipe I found a splash of one extra ingredient made it a smoother cocktail. The standard Blue Lagoon recipe is delicious but I think you’ll enjoy a quick hack to reduce the slight bitter of the Blue Curacao.
What Does Blue Curacao Taste Like?
Blue Curacao is an orange liqueur, but it is less sweet than other orange liqueurs such as triple sec. Blue Curacao is made from the orange peels of the Laraha orange, which is a bitter orange fruit. In fact, it’s so bitter that the fruit of the orange isn’t even palatable.
The Laraha orange peels, spices, sugar and alcohol are combined to create this orange-flavored liqueur with a slightly bitter finish.
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Why is Blue Curacao Blue?
The blue color comes from blue food coloring. At some point in the history of the liqueur, colors were added to make it more eye-catching and exotic. Actually, there are several colors of Curacao liqueur such as orange, red and green. By adding the blue color, it simply made it easier to sell drinks.
The addition of the blue color was all about marketing and improving sales, which worked! Blue color cocktails give off a fun tropical vibe that transports us to a beautiful white sandy beach lined with palm trees and a Caribbean sea lagoon. A pretty excellent marketing idea. Who doesn’t enjoy an exotic-looking cocktail?
History of the Blue Lagoon Cocktail
This cocktail comes all the way from Paris! Created by Andy McElhone, who was the son of Harry McElhone. Harry opened Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in 1911 which was famous during this heyday of Paris. Especially in the 1920’s during the US Prohibition era.
He is credited with creating other famous cocktails such as the Bloody Mary (still can’t believe this wasn’t created in New Orleans!), the Side Car and White Lady. Andrew “Andy” took over after his father’s passing and is credited with creating this exhilarating blue cocktail in 1972.
More Blue Curacao Drinks
Blue Hawaiian – a creamy blue drink made with rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice.
Electric Smurf – a mix of coconut rum, pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda.
Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots – enjoy this tropical cocktail as a jello shot.
Purple Rain Drink – Pineapple juice, Blue Curacao with red grenadine makes a gorgeous purple cocktail.
Blue Mojito Recipe – a twist on the classic cocktail everyone loves.
Blue Lagoon Cocktail Ingredients
The Blue Lagoon is really a simple drink with 3 ingredients. Here is the standard recipe:
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 1.5 oz Blue Curacao
- 5 oz Lemonade
- Maraschino Cherry for garnish.
Optional Garnish Ideas: Orange slice or Lemon Slice.
How to Make the Blue Lagoon Cocktail
This recipe is quick and easy which means you can serve these up anytime!
Step 1: Fill a tulip or hurricane glass with ice.
Step 2: Add a shot of your favorite vodka.
Step 3: Add a shot of Blue Curacao.
Step 4: Top off with 5-6 ounces of lemonade.
Step 5: Add a lemon wheel or an orange slice, a tropical drink umbrella and a few Maraschino cherries for garnish.
My Best Blue Lagoon Drink Tip
In other Blue Curacao cocktails, like the Blue Hawaiian, the creamy ingredients essentially remove the slightly bitter finish of the Blue Curacao. If the bitter finish isn’t to your liking, my best tip is to add a splash of orange juice. This tones down the bitter finish and melds perfectly with the orange liqueur.
Even with the addition of the orange juice splash, the Blue Lagoon drink is still a vibrant blue drink. So, don’t worry, you won’t lose the beauty of the drink!
If you don’t have lemonade on hand, you can use fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.
After taking pictures of this lovely Blue Lagoon cocktail, I headed outside to enjoy the sunset by the pool… YUM.
This Blue Lagoon Cocktail is refreshingly delicious! And I hope you try it with the added splash of orange juice as it makes it even smoother.
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 1.5 oz Blue Curacao
- 5 oz Lemonade
- Maraschino Cherry. Lemon Wheel or Orange Slice for garnish.
- Optional: Splash of Orange Juice
- Fill a hurricane glass with ice.
- Add vodka and Blue Curacao
- Top with lemonade
- Add a splash of orange juice (optional)
- Add garnish.
See article for variations and additional garnishment ideas. Drink Responsibly.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 6gSugar: 33gProtein: 2g
Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.