While many blue drinks will rot your teeth faster than Pixie Sticks, others offer flavors deeper than the sea. From an aqua-stained Martini that stands up to any of its fellow vodka-based variations, to an interstellar tiki vacation in a glass, here are the best blue cocktails.
6 Azure-Hued Cocktails to Make with Blue Curaçao
If you doubt that orange and blue go together, check out the Blue Martini. Vodka lets the supporting spirits do the talking in this derivative of the classic Vodka Martini. Cocchi Americano lends some levity to sweet orange curaçao, which gets an extra citrusy boost from a few dashes of orange bitters.
The bright blue hue of this tiki classic must have seemed new and exotic to the mid-century vacationers arriving on Hawaii’s idyllic beaches. Even if it was a marketing move for the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, we can’t argue with the festive coloring, which matches the carefree spirit of this cocktail of rum, vodka and citrus.
If you’re seeking even more exotic shores than the beaches of Maui, try an interstellar trip, courtesy of this Star Wars-inspired cocktail. Mango purée and proprietary orgeat from Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 in New Orleans, along with funky Rhum Barbancourt, make this drink taste like something from another galaxy. It’s a step above even the most exotic of tiki classics.
There are many ways to reinvent a Long Island Iced Tea, but when looking to amp up a cocktail that already includes nearly every spirit under the sun, one avenue to electrifying innovation is the color. Swapping in blue curaçao for triple sec gives the college classic a cool blue paint job and transforms it into an Adios Motherf*cker.
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Like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects this cocktail’s bitter punch. The dry base of mezcal and peach brandy, along with guest appearances from lime and bitter cinnamon syrup, counteract blue curaçao’s sweetness for an unexpectedly balanced beverage. Unlike most blue cocktails, it’ll make your palate pucker and your eyes widen.
Lovers of blue curaçao should never be ashamed of their azure adoration. Rep team blue hard with this drink, inspired by the proud blue Team Mystic of Pokémon GO. The icy concoction gets a spin in the blender, creating a frosty slushy in a coupe perfect for anyone celebrating a blue Christmas, throwing a Blue Man Group after-party or just really digging that Eiffel 65 classic, “Blue.”