10 Delicious Blue Curacao Cocktails

What better way to cure the blues than to enjoy a blue curacao cocktail?

Blue curacao is a liqueur that is most commonly used to make striking cocktails and shooters. The blue is absolutely stunning—just what you want a cocktail to look like. The taste has a citrus flavor to it which is why it's so refreshing to drink. In my mind it's the perfect liqueur to star in a summer cocktail, although I'll admit I drink it all year around in some of these fabulous cocktails.

Let's look at how curacao is made and ten fantastic cocktails that you can make with it that are sure to impress your guests.

Quick Peek at the Blue Curacao Cocktails + Flavor Combinations

Blue Lagoon
1 oz vodka, 1/2 oz blue curacao, lemonade
Blue Hawaiian
1/2 oz light rum, 1/2 oz blue curacao, 1 oz pineapple juice, 1/2 oz coconut cream, 1 cup of ice
Midnight Kiss
1 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz blue curacao, 1 tsp lemon juice, champagne
1 1/2 oz. silver tequila, 2 oz pineapple juice, 1/2 oz. blue curacao
Big Easy Blue Punch
1 oz blue curacao, 2 oz coconut rum, 2 oz pineapple soda, 1/2 oz lemon juice
Blue Diablo
1 1/4 oz Jose Cuervo Clasico, 1/4 oz blue curacao, juice of half lime, 1 tsp lemon juice, club soda
Blue Monday
2 oz vodka, ¼ oz triple sec, ¼ oz blue curacao
2 oz gin, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz blue curacao, 2 dashes bitters
Blue Margarita
2 oz tequila, 1 oz blue curacao, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz lime juice, salt, garnish: lime wedge
Electric Blue Margarita
1 oz triple sec, 1 oz silver tequila, 1/2 oz peach schnapps, 1/2 oz blue curacao, 4 oz sour mix
Indianapolis Cocktail
1 part blue curacao, 1 part vodka, 1 part half 'n half

What Is Blue Curacao?

Curacao is a liqueur that has an orangey flavor to it. It gets this flavor from the peels of the laraha citrus fruit that is grown on the island of curacao (which is where the liqueur gets its name).

The laraha are descendants of the Valencia oranges that were brought to Curacao in the 1500s by Spanish explorers. Neither the soil or climate were suited to growing oranges and the original Valencia oranges evolved into the laraha.

The laraha are too bitter to be eaten. The skins, however, can be used. When making the curacao liqueur, the laraha peel is dried. The drying process releases the laraha's sweetly fragranced essential oils. Once dried, the skins are soaked in alcohol and water for a few days before they are removed.

Curacao liqueur is actually colorless. Artificial color is added to it frequently, however, most commonly blue. Blue curacao can make some very striking cocktails. I have included 10 of them for you to enjoy.

1. Blue Lagoon

My favorite blue curacao cocktail

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • Lemonade

Fill a highball glass with ice, add the vodka and blue curacao and top up with lemonade, stir and serve.

This cocktail is great to drink on a warm summers afternoon as it has a lovely refreshing flavor and with the lemonade component of it making it into a 'tall drink' it's not as potent as some other refreshing cocktails can be!

2. Blue Hawaiian

A cocktail to get everyone dancing!

  • 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz coconut cream
  • 1 cup of ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender, blend and serve in a highball glass with a pineapple wheel and some cherries as garnish.

3. Midnight Kiss

The slow dance of the evening . . . or just a drink for a special evening for two.

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Champagne

Place the vodka, blue curacao, lemon juice and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake, then strain into a champagne flute and top up with champagne.

4. Envy

A very striking looking cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz. silver tequila
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz. blue curacao

Pour tequila into a glass and fill with ice. Add pineapple juice and stir well. Top with Blue Curacao and stir lightly. Garnish with a cherry.

5. Big Easy Blue Punch

This one made the top 50 holiday drinks list. I'll say no more.

  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 2 oz pineapple soda
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice

Combine blue curacao, rum and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Top with pineapple soda and garnish with lemon wheel.

6. Blue Diablo

Don't drink too many of these—the name says it all.

  • 1 1/4 oz Jose Cuervo Clasico
  • 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • Juice of half lime
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Club soda

Mix tequila, blue curacao, lime juice and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a short glass and top with club soda.

7. Blue Monday

Love the song and the drink's not bad either.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ¼ oz triple sec
  • ¼ oz blue curacao

Place all of the ingredients together with ice into a cocktail shaker, shake and serve in a martini glass.

8. Bluebird

One for the gin drinkers.

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 2 dashes bitters

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

9. Blue Margarita

A classic blue curacao cocktail.

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Salt
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Rim the glass with salt. Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into the margarita glass being careful of the salt rim.

10. Electric Blue Margarita

A classic with a retro peach schnapps twist

  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz silver tequila
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • 4 oz sour mix

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Fill glass with ice. Strain the mixture over fresh ice and garnish with lemon slice and serve.

Indianapolis Cocktail

Bonus cocktail!

This cocktail is fairly new to me and while it makes a nice change from the Blue Lagoon, it doesn't have as much flavor as the Blue Hawaiian for example. It looks sensational however.

  • 1 part blue curacao
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part half 'n half

Mix the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice before straining into martini glasses to serve.

Printable Version

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Which Is Your Favorite? 69 comments

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Lou165 4 months ago from Australia Author

Sounds delicious, I'll have to get some more Banana Liqueur and try that one.

Gemsoninc 4 months ago

My daughter had a blue Curacao cocktail in Corfu. Said to be the barman's personal one. It consisted of Blue Curacao, Bailey's Cream and Banana Liqueur. Said it tasted fabulous.

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Diana Grant 16 months ago from London

Just clearing out my alcohol cupboard and came across something blue in a plastic bottle. Wasn't sure if it was blue curacao or blue spirit for my fondue. The only way to find out was to taste it, which I did very gingerly. Happily it tasted good so I was delighted to find your cocktail recipes. I didn't have any vodka, 'cos my partner drinks it as soon as he finds it - lol - so thought I'd try something else. I've got the lemon, lemonade and ice so will scout around for the final mystery ingredient to incorporate into what I'm sure will be a delightful aromatic cheers, and here's to you down-under

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SusannaDuffy 2 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I've never known what made blue curacao blue!

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JimHofman 2 years ago

Wow they all sound good...especially the Big Easy Blue Punch. Can't wait to try your recipes! Thanks for a mouthwatering lens...Cheers!

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paulahite 2 years ago from Virginia

Great lens Lou! It will be on our Tumblr page on May 17.

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GramaBarb 3 years ago from Vancouver

Love the Blue Hawaiian !

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hqbaldwin 3 years ago

So perfect running across your lens today as I just found a bottle while cleaning out the liquor closet and was wonder what festive drinks I might make this weekend!

ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

Sounds tasty!

john9229 3 years ago

My favorite blue curacao cocktail. Nice choices!

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mattwebber 3 years ago

Really nice idea. It seems that I don't have any other choice but to sets all those cocktails myself. Thank you very much :)

anonymous 3 years ago

blue and alcohol.. 2 of my fav things

blueredblueyellow 3 years ago

I love this page! Great ideas -- and lots I'd like to try :)

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Allison Whitehead 3 years ago

Oooh sounds lovely - do I have to pick a favourite?

MissMalaprop 3 years ago

I love Blue Curacao! Don't have a favorite recipe, but if it's blue, it's fun & yummy!

anonymous 3 years ago

My favourite cocktail is called Mushy Peas:

1 part apple juice

1 part orange juice

A dash of blue curaçao (although I always put more in than I should)

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Cocktail Making 3 years ago

Love these, Blue is such a good colour for cocktails..

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Lou165 3 years ago from Australia Author

@PunkyMedic LM: 1 part gin

1 part blue curacao

1 part peach schnapps

3 parts apple juice

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a glass to serve.

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PunkyMedic LM 3 years ago

What is a Blue Marlin made out of? I've had this drink before in southern Florida.

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DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

The Indianapolis cocktail looks very interesting! Great list of drinks using Blue Curacao!

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kerryhrabstock 3 years ago

Love the Blue Margarita.

crstnblue 3 years ago

Visited this lens before, and as I've got wings, returned to spread around some angel dust!: )

Great recipes! : )))


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EnergyTherapies 3 years ago from New Zealand

drinking blue to feel in the pink... nom nom nom

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VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

Blue Lagoon as well.

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hungry-deer 3 years ago

I could drink it all just now :)

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KateH2 3 years ago

Mines the Blue Lagoon as well. Although looking at your recipes I may change my mine as the Bluebird looks good too. Oh dear, looks like I will have to conduct my own taste test... such is life! lol

Deadpool 3 years ago

Blue-tiful Lens

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Scotties-Rock 3 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

They all sound delicious!

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Dressage Husband 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Blue Lagoon for me too.

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jamesdesalvo lm 3 years ago

The Indianapolis Cocktail sounds great right about now!

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lewisgirl 3 years ago

Great recipes!

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LynetteBell 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

A nice list of blue cocktails to try!

getmoreinfo 3 years ago

I like these Blue Curacao Cocktails

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iulianaionescu 3 years ago

I think I'll try the Blue Monday cocktail. :)

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Lou165 3 years ago from Australia Author

@anonymous: They're written for one person.

anonymous 3 years ago

For how many people are the recipes written?

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GollyGearHope 3 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

My favorite is the Yale Cocktail - gin, blue curacao and dry vermouth, although the Blue Cowboy is great, too (gin and blue curacao)!

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Cocktail Making 4 years ago

Totally agree, with it one of our most used cocktail ingredients - makes the cocktails really stand out. Great Lens, strong knowledge shown.

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JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

I've never had any of these before, but the color sure looks appealing.

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fugeecat lm 4 years ago

We always used it to make Romulan Ale!

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Lou165 4 years ago from Australia Author

@HhaosThorngage: That sounds pretty dangerous, but I will still have to try it :)

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HhaosThorngage 4 years ago

There is a drink at a local bar here that is just like a long island, they just substitute the cola for Curacao, great lens!

acregmed 4 years ago

I've never tried any of them but I would like to

petekruze 4 years ago

electric blue margarita, it is strong .....hic

Reputable_Source 4 years ago

The blue reminds of Romulan Ale from Star Trek. Thanks for the lense :d

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PennyHowe 4 years ago

My favorite is the Blue Lagoon, but the others sound wonderful as well. This is Rainbow week on Squidoo and this is one of my favorite blue things. Thanks for a great lens and wishing you a smooth, cool, blue drinK! Enjoy!

leeonna7211 4 years ago

These look delicious! I wish I could make them, but I can't or else I'd probably give myself a heart attack with all the medications I have to take.

anonymous 4 years ago

I love the sky blue colour and there are plenty of recipes here that one can try.

aquarian_insight 4 years ago

Delicious and gorgeous to look at - blue curacao cocktails are always a treat. Lovely lens.

HowToKeg 4 years ago

I do love Blue Hawaiians. Anything with pineapple juice usually tastes good. And can't complain about a little rum either!

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WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

I love drinkables in this color. Not sure why this is. Maybe because this color doesn't occur in food naturally? At least not very often.

Thanks for the great lens. I'll have to try some of these cocktails...

anonymous 4 years ago

They all sound very good, can't wait to try a few. Fab recipes and fab info about the drink - well done

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evannecarter 4 years ago

Great info. Not familiar with the topic of the lens, but enjoyed learning about it.

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Elaine Chen 4 years ago

looks taste good :-) my son asking when can try it

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mihgasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Blue is my favorite color. Cheers!

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KandH 4 years ago

Midnight kiss sounds like it would be fun :)

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MJsConsignments 4 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

Great definitely made me thirsty...

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

Delightful - pinned to my "Favorite Drinks" board.

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Spiderlily321 4 years ago

I love blue curacao! Great recipes here that I gotta try sometime. Thanks for sharing!!!

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kristalulabelle 4 years ago from Wisconsin

YUM! My favorite was the Midnight Kiss! Can't wait to try. Great job on the lens!

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Craftypicks 4 years ago from Las Vegas

I haven't had Blue Curacao in years. Time to hit the clubs.

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Lorna Jean Aro 4 years ago

I love blue lagoon too! nice lens :D

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PippiDust 4 years ago

They all look great. I can't wait to try one of them.

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ClassyGals 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

I'm also a big fan of the Blue Lagoon cocktail. I love the blue tropical look of this drink, too!

Angel Blessings**

crstnblue 5 years ago

Nice lens! Electric Blue Margarita.

anonymous 5 years ago

porn star -

1/2 shot of Blue Curacao

1/4 shot of vodka

1/2 shot of sourpuss

Topped with 7-up or Sprite

cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

My favorite is actually the Capri Sun - tastes just like those pouches kid's drink! Blue Curacao is an underrated liquor, great lens!

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Iulian LM 5 years ago

I love Curacao Cocktails! And I think Midnight Kiss it's the best!

julieannbrady 6 years ago

You know, I don't think I see my drink -- it's a bit of a teal color but I know it is made with Blue Curacao -- and I always got it at Jaguars game -- BUT it costs $15.00 for a big one.

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