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10 Delicious Blue Curaçao Cocktails

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

Blue curaçao (pronounced cure-ah-sow; the "sow" part is pronounced like the word "now") is an orange liqueur that is most commonly used to make striking cocktails and shooters. The blue (made from dye) 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 round 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 Curaçao Cocktails + Flavor Combinations

CocktailIngredients

Blue Lagoon

1 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. blue curaçao, lemonade

Blue Hawaiian

1/2 oz. light rum, 1/2 oz. blue curaçao, 1 oz. pineapple juice, 1/2 oz. coconut cream, 1 cup of ice

Midnight Kiss

1 1/2 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. blue curaçao, 1 tsp lemon juice, champagne

Envy

1 1/2 oz. silver tequila, 2 oz. pineapple juice, 1/2 oz. blue curaçao

Big Easy Blue Punch

1 oz. blue curaçao, 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 curaçao, juice of half lime, 1 tsp lemon juice, club soda

Blue Monday

2 oz. vodka, ¼ oz triple sec, ¼ oz. blue curaçao

Bluebird

2 oz. gin, 1 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. blue curaçao, 2 dashes bitters

Blue Margarita

2 oz. tequila, 1 oz. blue curaçao, 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 curaçao, 4 oz. sour mix

Indianapolis Cocktail

1 part blue curaçao, 1 part vodka, 1 part half 'n half

What Is Blue Curaçao?

Curaçao is an orange-flavored liqueur. It's flavored with the peels of the laraha citrus fruit that is grown on the island of Curaçao (which is where the liqueur gets its name).

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

The laraha is too bitter to be eaten. The skin, however, can be used. When making the curaçao 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.

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

My favorite blue curaçao cocktail.

My favorite blue curaçao cocktail.

1. The Blue Lagoon

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. blue curaçao
  • Lemonade

Add the vodka and blue curaçao in a highball glass, fill a with ice and top up with lemonade. Stir and serve.

This cocktail is great to drink on a warm summer afternoon as it has a lovely refreshing flavor. The lemonade component turns it into a 'tall drink,' so it's not as potent as some other refreshing cocktails can be!

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2. The Blue Hawaiian

  • 1/2 oz. light rum
  • 1/2 oz. blue curaçao
  • 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.

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

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

3. Midnight Kiss

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. blue curaçao
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Champagne

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

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4. Envy

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

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

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

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

5. Big Easy Blue Punch

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

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

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

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

6. Blue Diablo

  • 1 1/4 oz. Jose Cuervo Classico
  • 1/4 oz. blue curaçao
  • Juice of half lime
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Club soda

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

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

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

7. Blue Monday

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

Place all of the ingredients together with ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

One for the gin drinkers.

One for the gin drinkers.

8. Bluebird

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. blue curaçao
  • 2 dashes bitters

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

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9. Blue Margarita

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. blue curaçao
  • 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.

A classic with a retro peach schnapps twist

A classic with a retro peach schnapps twist

10. Electric Blue Margarita

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

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

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Bonus: Indianapolis

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 curaçao
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part half and half

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Alcohol Is Blue Curaçao?

Blue Curaçao is a colorless liqueur made from the dried peels of a bitter orange fruit called Laraha. It is dyed blue with food coloring and can be used as a substitute for cocktails that call for triple sec (and vice versa). The only difference is the blue color.

What Is the Alcohol Content of Blue Curaçao?

The alcohol by volume of blue curaçao ranges from 15% to 40% depending on the brand.

What Is the Best Substitute for Curaçao?

Cointreau (a brand of triple sec) and Grand Marnier (a blend of cognac and triple sec) are both clear, sweet, orange-flavored liqueurs that are great substitutes. In fact, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and curaçao are all interchangeable and all belong in the family of orange liqueur. Depending on the cocktail you make, there are slight flavor differences between each one. Cointreau is less sweet, while Grand Marnier is closest in taste to curaçao because both are sweetened and distilled in brandy.

Are Triple Sec and Blue Curaçao the Same Thing?

Triple sec is "dry," which means that it is less sweetened than blue curaçao. Triple sec is also clear. The most well-known brand of triple sec is Cointreau. Blue curaçao is colored blue and is sweet.

Printable Version

If you'd like to get these recipes in a printable version, then I've got you covered as I've included them all on this Google document. Cheers!

Which Is Your Favorite?

P on June 18, 2020:

How did the Indianapolis cocktail get the name ??

Samantha on June 16, 2020:

It's nice,I am a trainee mixologist

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on May 08, 2020:

Would love to try some of them on (not much a drinker). I tried the Blue Hawaiian once in a hotel in Hurghada, Egypt, and it was good. Can't wait to try your version in the near future!

Hannah on June 28, 2019:

My fav is the Blue Hawaiian, thanks for the recipe.

Jennifer C on June 20, 2019:

These all look delicious! Thanks! You gave me some good ideas for summer drinks on the patio :)

Raven on June 10, 2019:

can someone help me?? 8 years ago my girlfriend bought me a drink it was blue curaçao, Rum served in a martini glass with the rim dipped in sugar it was clear blue gorgeous and The taste was even better you couldn't even taste the alcohol in it but I don't know what it was

Mario on July 23, 2018:

What blue curacao brand do you use

Phil on July 01, 2018:

Love the drinks

Kimberly tonner on May 13, 2018:

Just made the blue and electric blue margarita's and they are fabulous. Added a dash of pineapple to the electric blue and it is tasty as heck.

Wayne Scown on April 03, 2018:

Add some cranberrie juice to your blue logoon, nice,

Durgesh on March 28, 2018:

Nice things is there for learn..

I'm happy

But can u tell me 10 whisky base easy cocktails

Lou165 (author) from Australia on January 05, 2018:

It won't be the same with juice, but I'd definitely give it a try as that's half the fun with cocktails using what you have - you might end up preferring your own twist :)

jo on January 04, 2018:

Can I replace the pineapple soda with pineapple juice in the Big easy blue punch ?

Lou165 (author) from Australia on August 10, 2016:

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

Gemsoninc on July 29, 2016:

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.

Diana Grant from London on July 23, 2015:

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 drink....so cheers, and here's to you down-under

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on September 13, 2014:

I've never known what made blue curacao blue!

JimHofman on July 05, 2014:

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

Paula Hite from Virginia on May 15, 2014:

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

http://whats-cooking-at-squidoo.tumblr.com/

GramaBarb from Vancouver on October 05, 2013:

Love the Blue Hawaiian !

hqbaldwin on July 06, 2013:

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 on April 30, 2013:

Sounds tasty!

john9229 on February 25, 2013:

My favorite blue curacao cocktail. Nice choices!

mattwebber on February 21, 2013:

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 on February 20, 2013:

blue and alcohol.. 2 of my fav things

blueredblueyellow on February 19, 2013:

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

Allison Whitehead on February 19, 2013:

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

MissMalaprop on February 16, 2013:

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

anonymous on February 09, 2013:

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)

Cocktail Making on January 28, 2013:

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

Lou165 (author) from Australia on January 18, 2013:

@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.

PunkyMedic LM on January 17, 2013:

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

DecoratingEvents on January 13, 2013:

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

kerryhrabstock on January 12, 2013:

Love the Blue Margarita.

crstnblue on January 11, 2013:

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

Great recipes! : )))

Blessed!

Dorothy Holder from New Zealand on January 11, 2013:

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

VspaBotanicals on January 11, 2013:

Blue Lagoon as well.

hungry-deer on January 11, 2013:

I could drink it all just now :)

KateH2 on January 11, 2013:

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 on January 11, 2013:

Blue-tiful Lens

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on January 11, 2013:

They all sound delicious!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Blue Lagoon for me too.

jamesdesalvo lm on January 10, 2013:

The Indianapolis Cocktail sounds great right about now!

lewisgirl on January 10, 2013:

Great recipes!

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on January 10, 2013:

A nice list of blue cocktails to try!

getmoreinfo on January 10, 2013:

I like these Blue Curacao Cocktails

iulianaionescu on January 09, 2013:

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

Lou165 (author) from Australia on January 06, 2013:

@anonymous: They're written for one person.

anonymous on January 06, 2013:

For how many people are the recipes written?

Hope from Skokie, Illinois on January 02, 2013:

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

Cocktail Making on December 03, 2012:

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

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on September 14, 2012:

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

fugeecat lm on August 31, 2012:

We always used it to make Romulan Ale!

Lou165 (author) from Australia on August 31, 2012:

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

Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 31, 2012:

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 on August 25, 2012:

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

petekruze on August 18, 2012:

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

Reputable_Source on August 18, 2012:

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

PennyHowe on August 18, 2012:

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 on August 18, 2012:

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 on August 18, 2012:

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

aquarian_insight on August 17, 2012:

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

HowToKeg on August 17, 2012:

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

WebMarketingPro on August 17, 2012:

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 on August 17, 2012:

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

evannecarter on August 17, 2012:

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

Elaine Chen on August 17, 2012:

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

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on August 02, 2012:

Blue is my favorite color. Cheers!

KandH on August 02, 2012:

Midnight kiss sounds like it would be fun :)

Michelle from Central Ohio, USA on August 01, 2012:

Great lens...you definitely made me thirsty...

Rose Jones on July 04, 2012:

Delightful - pinned to my "Favorite Drinks" board.

Spiderlily321 on July 04, 2012:

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

Kristen from Wisconsin on July 04, 2012:

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

Lori Green from Las Vegas on June 25, 2012:

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

Lorna Jean Aro on May 30, 2012:

I love blue lagoon too! nice lens :D

PippiDust on April 21, 2012:

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

Cynthia Davis from Pittsburgh on February 02, 2012:

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

Angel Blessings**

crstnblue on October 28, 2011:

Nice lens! Electric Blue Margarita.

anonymous on October 14, 2011:

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 on July 21, 2011:

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

Iulian LM on April 27, 2011:

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

julieannbrady on September 25, 2010:

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.