10 Delicious Blue Curaçao Cocktails

Updated on March 15, 2018
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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

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
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
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 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 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 growing 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

Fill a highball glass with ice, add the vodka and blue curaçao, 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!

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.

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 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 Clasico
  • 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. 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 serve in 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.

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.

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 'n 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?

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    • Lou165 profile image

      Lou165 2 months ago from Australia

      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 :)

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      jo 2 months ago

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

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      Lou165 19 months ago from Australia

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

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      Gemsoninc 19 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 2 years 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 drink....so cheers, and here's to you down-under

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've never known what made blue curacao blue!

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      JimHofman 3 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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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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


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      GramaBarb 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Love the Blue Hawaiian !

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      hqbaldwin 4 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!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Sounds tasty!

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      john9229 5 years ago

      My favorite blue curacao cocktail. Nice choices!

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      mattwebber 5 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 :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      blue and alcohol.. 2 of my fav things

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      blueredblueyellow 5 years ago

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

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      Allison Whitehead 5 years ago

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

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      MissMalaprop 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

      @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 5 years ago

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

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

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

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      kerryhrabstock 5 years ago

      Love the Blue Margarita.

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      crstnblue 5 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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      Dorothy Holder 5 years ago from New Zealand

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

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Blue Lagoon as well.

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      hungry-deer 5 years ago

      I could drink it all just now :)

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      KateH2 5 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

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      Deadpool 5 years ago

      Blue-tiful Lens

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      They all sound delicious!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Blue Lagoon for me too.

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      jamesdesalvo lm 5 years ago

      The Indianapolis Cocktail sounds great right about now!

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      Great recipes!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      A nice list of blue cocktails to try!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like these Blue Curacao Cocktails

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      iulianaionescu 5 years ago

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

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      Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: They're written for one person.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For how many people are the recipes written?

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      Hope 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

      We always used it to make Romulan Ale!

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      Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

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

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      HhaosThorngage 5 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!

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      acregmed 5 years ago

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

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      petekruze 5 years ago

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

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      Reputable_Source 5 years ago

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

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      PennyHowe 5 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!

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      leeonna7211 5 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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

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

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      HowToKeg 5 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 5 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...

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      anonymous 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

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

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Blue is my favorite color. Cheers!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Midnight kiss sounds like it would be fun :)

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

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

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Delightful - pinned to my "Favorite Drinks" board.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

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

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      Kristen 5 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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      Lori Green 5 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 5 years ago

      I love blue lagoon too! nice lens :D

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      PippiDust 5 years ago

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

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      Cynthia Davis 6 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**

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      crstnblue 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Electric Blue Margarita.

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      anonymous 6 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

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      cocktailsexaminer 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      julieannbrady 7 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.