Nothing screams summer is here and tropical vibes to us louder than the Blue Lagoon.
At its simplest, a Blue Lagoon can be created with just three simple ingredients – Blue Curacao, Vodka & lemonade – but we prefer to jazz up our Blue Lagoon for something a little more colorful and inspiring for a cocktail party.
Looking for something a little lighter? You can also pop over and check out our blue lagoon mocktail recipe.
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Tools you will need for making a Blue Lagoon Cocktail
- Citrus squeezer (optional)
- Shaker with strainer
- Hurricane glasses
- Ice cubes
- Paper straws & umbrellas to serve (optional)
- 30ml /1oz Blue Curacao
- 30ml/1oz Vodka
- 120ml/4oz Lemonade
- Dash of fresh lime juice
- Crushed Ice
- Sliced pineapple, orange slice or maraschino cherry to garnish
- Fill shaker with ice
- Add the Blue Curacao, Vodka and lemonade to a shaker
- Shake well until the drink is chilled
- Serve through a strainer (you can add the ice cubes to the glass too but this will eventually dilute the drink)
- Garnish as required - paper straw, umbrellas and fruit slices optional!
What exactly is the star ingredient, Blue Curacao?
Blue Curacao is a staple for any home cocktail bar due to its strong citrus flavour and vivid blue colour. A Caribbean liqueur made using the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit then coloured blue, it’s best used as a mixer in tropical cocktails – or any occasion where a splash of colour is needed!
Blue Lagoon v Blue Hawaiian
These two cocktails might be mentioned quite interchangeably but other than their colouring, it’s actually where the similarities end. A Blue Lagoon is very much a vodka-based drink and quite a crystal clear blue finish, whereas a Blue Hawaiian is a rum-based drink with a cloudier turquoise finish.
Blue Lagoon as a Pitcher Drink
With its simple ingredients, the Blue Lagoon is easy to adapt to a party pitcher drink; just bear in mind the ratio 1:1:4 vodka/blue curacao/lemonade. Add your core ingredients to the pitcher, mix with a long cocktail stirer and top with ice.
Frozen Blue Lagoon
We have gone with the traditional shaken method for the Blue Lagoon but another variation you can try is a Frozen Blue Lagoon. Rather than shaking as above, you’ll need a blender to serve as a fabulous refreshing frozen drink.
Blue Lagoon Mocktail
If its the coloring and testy citrus tast you are looking to replicate, we’ve seen several different versions of the virgin Blue Lagoon – we share our favourite using lemon juice & soda water in palce of vodka and lemonade over here.
We have seen other use Brilliant Blue food coloring and fizzy lemonade but we’ve found this a little sweet, if you can get your hands on Blue Curacao Syrup, there are plenty of substiture recipes you can try with this ready mix that closely replicated ‘the real thing’ in both colour and flavour.
Love your Blue Curacao?
You may also want to check out these recipes:
You can also get your hands on Blue Curacao Syrup as a substitute for Blue Curacao for making magical blue mocktails.
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