Add a dash of blue to your next patriotic celebration with these wonderfully vibrant celebratory drinks
We have a great selection of blue cocktail recipes perfect for 4 July celebrations over here, but we know that our kids, pregnant mamas and non-drinkers would love something to celebrate with too, so this party drinks guide is especially for you!
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Mama Loves A Drink advocates quality over quantity. Always drink responsibly!
Things to know about “Blue” drinks
Consuming any liquid more than water – it’s all in moderation.
Anything added to a drink to make it ‘blue’ most likely contains dies and sugars – whether they are naturally occurring or artificial. Some side effects of excessive consumption can include darkened stools and sugar headaches – so enjoy your blue mocktails but do go easy!
Blue Curacao Liqueur vs Blue Curacao Syrup
The biggest ingredient change between most of our favourite blue mocktails and cocktails is substituting Blue Curacao Liqueur which contains alcohol for Blue Curacao Syrup. The latter contains no alcohol and is made from a fairly harmless mix of cane sugar, citric acid, and brilliant blue 1 food die (FDA & EFSA approved). It’s designed to replicate both the colour and flavour of ‘the real thing’.
Another natural blue ingredient we’re still experimenting with is Blue Matcha. Quite different to green matcha, blue matcha comes from the Butterfly Pea Flower (Clitoria ternatea). It’s packed with antioxidants such as proanthocyanidin and anthocyanin and has a herbal, earthy flavour though not overpowering, and importantly, no caffeine.
The colour can range from lavender to a deep azure depending on how and with what it is mixed- could it be the ideal natural colourant that’s good for you too? We want to try it in a few more recipes ourselves before reporting back; we’ve so far only seen it working with gin, and the ph mix actually turns it a brilliant purple!
Serve Drinks in Blue Glassware
If the idea of drinking too many artificially coloured drinks doesn’t sit well with you, consider mixing it up with the type of glassware you’re using for a tropical vibe instead. Simply having blue tones around a sparkling drink can give off a distinct feeling of being at the beach.
More Mocktail Recipes
We hope you’ve enjoyed this Blue Mocktail drinks guide. For more inspiration with your mocktails, or next special event drinks, don’t forget to check out:
- Our favourite summer mocktails for BBQ season
- Mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy at Christmas
- Festive cocktails & non-alcoholic drinks to mark St Patricks Day