Blue Lagoon cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

By Timo Torner / Last updated on June 7, 2022 
The Blue Lagoon cocktail is a refreshingly tart and traditionally made with Blue Curaçao, Vodka, and lemonade. But with a little twist, you can lift it to the next level.

The Blue Lagoon cocktail is easy-to-make, colorful, and you need only four ingredients. Initially, it was three, but with this altered recipe, you get some extra freshness.

Thanks to Blue Curaçao this drink certainly looks extraordinary. In the original recipe, lemonade adds some depth to the Blue Lagoon. But sometimes, tradition needs a modern twist. 

Surely, you will agree that nothing can beat fresh citrus in a drink. So by replacing the lemonade with a mix of simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice, you will make the cocktail a lot more refreshing.

Ingredients

The Blue Lagoon is based on Vodka and gets its tartness from the combination of fresh citrus juice and Blue Curaçao. And little simple syrup helps to balance the sour and bitter flavors.

As I said, traditionally, a Blue Lagoon cocktail is made with lemonade. There are also variations using a lemon and lime soda, or others add lime or raspberry cordial to the mix. But I want to stick to the classic as much as possible and only add some extra freshness.

Blue Curaçao

Blue Curaçao is a Caribbean liqueur made of laraha fruit peels - a very bitter and, at the same time, sweet version of oranges.

The blue color is artificial, and you can also get Curaçao in its natural color. However, for visual as well as historical reasons, Blue Curaçao is the standard version. It is the key ingredient to almost every bright blue alcoholic.

If you haven't mixed drinks with the blue ingredient before and are unsure what to buy: try to get a bottle from Bols or DeKuyper. They are both lovely in a Blue Lagoon cocktail and are great value for money.

The origin of the bitter, orange-flavored liqueur lies on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. During the 16th century, when the island was under Spanish control, the Seville orange arrived on the island. 

Due to the extreme climate, the fruits turned out inedible. Only the peels were usable to make a variety of products. One of those products is the Curaçao liqueur we know today. 

It's also closely related to the French bitter orange liqueur we know as Triple Sec. If you want to know more, read this comparison of Blue Curaçao and Triple Sec.

Blue Lagoon Cocktails

Vodka

Vodka is the boozy base of the Blue Lagoon. Because it is a neutral spirit, it's perfect for cocktails in which other ingredients should be pronounced and not altered too much. 

Still, it makes up for more than a third of your drink. Therefore, make sure you use a product of decent quality.

Fresh lemon juice in a Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Since we are replacing the lemonade from the original recipe with lemon juice, it goes without saying, it should be freshly squeezed.  

If you want to reduce the harsh, acidic notes of fresh lemons, you can consider aging your juice. For that, make sure to squeeze your lemons 6 to 10 hours before preparing your drinks.

-To learn more about aging citrus juices, read our guides on lemon juice and lime juice in cocktails.

Simple syrup

The simple syrup replaces the sweetness that usually would come from the lemonade.  

If you don't have simple syrup at home, you don't need to run to the shops to buy a whole bottle. You can easily make simple syrup at home. All you need is water and some sugar.

How to make a Blue Lagoon

Even though the Blue Lagoon looks quite tropical, its taste is not fruity. In fact, it is surprisingly tangy and citrusy. The classic method of preparing this cocktail is shaken on ice and then strained into an ice-filled glass.

But as with many other tropical drinks, some prefer to blend this drink with crushed ice. Though, keep in mind that crushed ice dilutes your cocktail way faster than a few large ice cubes would do.

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

History of the Blue Lagoon cocktail

When thinking about Blue Lagoon, one immediately is reminded of the famous 1980s movie with the same name. But the Blue Lagoon cocktail goes back further than the movie.

It's a common belief that Andy MacElhone, the son of famous bartender Harry MacElhone, invented the drink. 

Andy allegedly created the cocktail during the late 1960s to early 1970s in his father's bar in Paris named Harry's New York Bar.

The drinks' fancy color made it a massive success in the 1970s. It went in line with other fancy colored drinks like the Tequila Sunrise and the Grasshopper cocktail.

Other cocktails with Blue Curaçao

If you have a bottle of Blue Curaçao at home and want to try something different than the tart Blue Lagoon cocktail, how about a Blue Hawaii or a Swimming Pool?

The Swimming Pool is a sweet and creamy drink reminiscent of the Piña Colada. Besides Blue Curaçao, it's made with cream of coconut, pineapple juice, Vodka, and Rum. 

The Blue Hawaii cocktail is a tropical and fruity drink. It contains pineapple juice, Vodka, Rum, lemon, and syrup. It's somewhat of a mix between the Swimming Pool and the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon cocktail

Blue Lagoon

A tart and refreshing bright-blue cocktail based on Vodka.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: vodka
Servings: 1
Calories: 278kcal
Cost: $2.50

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
  • Shake until the drink is well-chilled.
  • Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Garnish with an orange wheel and a Maraschino cherry.

Nutrition

Serving: 5.5oz | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 369mg | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 0.25mg
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