A Blue Lagoon cocktail tastes just like it sounds: exceptionally delicious. This tall and refreshing cocktail is famous for its opulent azure color, which comes from a mixture of blue Curaçao, lemonade, and vodka. While the traditional recipe only involves those three ingredients, you can also add in some lime or raspberry cordial for a modern twist on this classic cocktail. For hot summer days, try adding crushed ice to make a tasty frozen concoction.
Brief History of the Blue Lagoon
Many people believe that this iconic cocktail was first created in the late sixties, early seventies at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. It’s a common belief that Andy MacElhone, the son of notorious bartender Harry MacElhone, is the one who first developed this timeless cocktail. No matter who created it, there’s no denying that the traditional blue drink is one of the most delicious cocktails ever created.
Enjoy This Light and Luscious Cocktail
The vodka provides a solid base in this refreshing cocktail, while blue Curaçao adds fragrant, sweet notes. Blue Curaçao is a Caribbean liqueur that is made from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit and then given its sumptuous, azure blue color. Then, the lemonade adds just the right amount of bite, balancing out the sweetness of blue Curaçao.
However, just adding all the ingredients does not make this cocktail. You must shake and strain the drink before pouring it into a frosty highball glass. Some people upgrade their cocktail even further by throwing it in the blender with some crushed ice and whipping up a deliciously frothy and frozen beverage. While it’s easier just to shake, strain, and pour, if you’re really craving some icy refreshment, don’t hesitate to try the frozen version of this drink.
How to Make
When it comes to adding garnishes, you have a wide selection. Virtually any tropical fruit would be a perfect garnish for this drink. Take your pick: you can use orange wedges, lemon wheels, maraschino cherries, or even a pineapple or mango wedge. No matter what garnishes you choose, your cocktail will be fragrant, zesty, and so delicious!
- 1 oz blue Curaçao liqueur
- 1 oz vodka (unflavored)
- 4 oz lemonade
- Maraschino cherry garnish
- Lemon or orange slice garnish
- Pineapple wedge garnish
5 Steps for the Perfect Recipe
- Combine the blue Curaçao, vodka, and lemonade in a cocktail shaker
- Add ice and shake until it’s well-mixed and chilled nicely
- Slowly strain and pour into a hurricane glass
- Add your chosen garnishes
- Et Voilà: serve, sip, and enjoy your perfectly mixed cocktail!
This classic cocktail is ideally enjoyed in a tall hurricane or highball glass and boasts a truly delectable mixture of lemonade, blue Curaçao, and vodka accented with your choice of garnishes. They’re easy to make and can even be blended with ice for a frozen and delicious slushie. No matter where you choose to drink it, this cocktail makes for a delightful drink.