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Blue Lagoon Cocktail

This Blue Lagoon Cocktail recipe combines Blue Curacao with fresh lemonade, pineapple juice and vodka for a pleasantly sweet beverage.

It’s an easy cocktail recipe that’s smooth, refreshing and beautifully blue to enjoy on a hot summer day among laughter and friends.

two blue lagoon cocktails in coupe glasses with cherries and orange slices

I love it when I come across a cocktail recipe that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to drink.

Say hello to a Blue Lagoon Cocktail recipe.

Blue Lagoon Cocktail = Lemonade + Blue Curacao + Vodka

That’s the traditional recipe, but we are taking it up a notch with pineapple juice. It adds a wonderful, smooth, fruity flavor and another level of sweetness.

But the main draw of this beautifully, bright blue cocktail is the color. That comes from Blue Curacao, the popular island liquor. It’s a totally underrated liquor and one I want to start splashing in my drinks more often.

It’s a 5-ingredient cocktail that is best served in a stem glass surrounded by laughter, fun and friends!

two blue curacao drinks in coupe glasses with orange slice and bowl of cherries

Blue Lagoon vs Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

A lot of people confuse the Blue Lagoon with a Blue Hawaiian cocktail. The only difference – Blue Lagoon is made with vodka whereas Blue Hawaiian is made with rum.

While both cocktails contain Blue Caracao, their flavors are completely different.

Ingredients

This simple cocktail recipe requires only 5 ingredients – and that’s if you count the ice! Gather together:

blue curacao bottle, pineapple juice, halved orange, vodka, cocktail glasses, stirrer

  • lemonade
  • pineapple juice
  • blue curacao
  • vodka
  • ice

Blue Curacao. Blue Curacao is a slightly bitter-orange flavored liqueur best known for imparting a light blue color to drinks, such as the Blue Hawaiian, Blue Bird and today’s Blue Lagoon. Its unique flavor comes from the peels of the Laraha citrus fruit from the island of Curacao. Look for it in the cordial section of the liquor store.

How To Make a Blue Lagoon Cocktail

All it takes is two easy steps to reach the sky-blue colored cocktail of your dreams. Simply:

pouring lemonade, pineapple juice, vodka and blue caracao in highball glass with one ounce measuring pourer

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add in equal parts lemonade and pineapple juice, along with the blue curacao, vodka and 2 handfuls of ice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake. Shake the drink together until well combined. Strain the drink into your glass of choice and garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Enjoy!

Pour Into A Stem Glass

Traditionally speaking, a blue lagoon cocktail is served in a highball glass with tons of crushed ice.

But I love the beauty and grace of a vintage coupe glass, and a classic V-shaped martini glass would work just as well.

The trick is to use a stem, or “up”, glass. The stem lifts the cocktail away from your hands, preventing it from becoming warm. Whenever I serve a shaken cocktail without ice, a stem glass is my go-to choice.

Blue Lagoon Mocktail

The blue curacao liquor contains alcohol, but there are quite a few curacao cordial syrups that are alcohol-free and will give your drinks a bright blue color. These are a great option for mocktails.

If you’d like to create a non-alcoholic blue lagoon cocktail, shake together equal parts lemonade, pineapple juice and curacao syrup and strain into your cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

hand holding blue lagoon cocktail in coupe glass with blue caracao drink in background

Blue Lagoon Cocktail Punch

The recipe today serves one, but I love to serve this to my friends in a large pitcher at parties and BBQs (hello, 4th of July!).

To make it punch-style, multiply the recipe by the number of drinks you need and pour the ingredients in the order listed into a large pitcher. Give it a quick stir and place it in the fridge for a few hours ahead of time.

Note: I would not recommend preparing it right before the party and adding ice, as the ice will end up diluting too much of that fabulous, fruity flavor.

Variations

This recipe is so simple, adding a few extra ingredients from time-to-time keeps this blue cocktail interesting. You could try:

  • Replacing 1 oz vodka with 1 oz coconut rum
  • Adding a splash of Sprite or club soda on top for a touch of effervescence
  • Garnishing with edible flowers for an eye-catching, tropical feel

two blue lagoon cocktails in coupe glasses with cherries and orange slices

Recipe Tips:

  • Mix it with or without pineapple juice. I love the extra fruity flavor of a blue lagoon cocktail with pineapple juice, but you can also replace it with more lemonade. The flavor will not be as sweet, but it will still be delicious!
  • Shake until the shaker is cold and frosty. Most bars shake their cocktails for at least 30 seconds, which makes the drink itself ice cold and incorporates just enough water from the ice without diluting the flavor. I always shake until the shaker is cold and frosty. Strain into your favorite glass to prevent it from becoming watered down.
  • Garnish with an orange, lemon or cherry. An authentic blue lagoon is garnished with an orange or lemon slice to bring out the flavor of the blue curacao. I love the additional pop of color from the cherry, so I say go for one, two or all three!

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two blue lagoon cocktails in coupe glasses with cherries and orange slices

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Description

This Blue Lagoon Cocktail recipe combines Blue Curacao with lemonade, pineapple juice and vodka for a refreshing, beautifully blue drink ready in 5 minutes!


Scale

Ingredients

3 oz lemonade

3 oz pineapple juice

1 oz blue curacao

2 oz vodka

ice

cherry + orange slice, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Add lemonade, pineapple juice, blue curacao, vodka and two handfuls of ice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake the drink until cold. Strain drink into your glass and garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

Notes

For Blue Lagoon Punch, multiply the recipe by the number of drinks you need and pour all ingredients in the order listed into a large pitcher. Store in the fridge for a few hours to get cold.

Keywords: blue, island drinks, summer

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