18 Bold and Beautiful Blue Cocktails

*Adds Blue Curaçao to shopping list*

frozen blue moscato margaritas
Erik bernstein

Your bar cart called and it's asking for you to pick up some Blue Curaçao ASAP. What exactly is Blue Curaçao? It's the source of the vibrant, blue hue in all our favorite tropical cocktails, yes, but it's a tangy orange liqueur originally created on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean.

As the story goes, the sun-dried peel of a Valencia orange gone bitter in the Caribbean climate was used in distilling this citrusy drink, and fun fact—it wasn't originally blue. In the early 1900's, the Bols distilling company added blue food coloring to the drink to add some *alchemical mystery*, and the bright blue cocktail ingredient we know and love today was born. Blue curaçao was originally marketed as "Crème de Ciel", or cream of the sky: Whether it comes from the sky or your fully stocked bar, we're sure you're going to want to cozy up with all of these bold, blue cocktails.

Consider blue curaçao your new favorite party trick for adding a blue boost to all your favorite classic cocktails, like mimosas and frozen slushies. We also love how the tangy orange flavor adds another dimension to make up our mermaid mules, mermaid mimosas, and mermaid coladas. Ariel would 100% approve.

Blue Curaçao also mixes up super well with vodka, tequila, and rum, so feel free to use it to spike your favorite lemonade (like our mermaid lemonade) or vodka punch. We don't know about you, but we have a budding crush on our blue crush margaritas.

blue hawaiian coolers
Emily hlavac green
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Blue Hawaiian Coolers

If you close your eyes while drinking this rum-and-coconut slushy, you'll think you're at the beach. Pinky promise. Need more frozen, beachy drinks? Try our sangria slushies!

Get the Blue Hawaiian Coolers recipe.

frozen blue moscato margaritas
Erik bernstein
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Frozen Blue Moscato Margaritas

Wine lovers will absolutely love these margarita slushies because of the tasty addition of sweet moscato. The bright hue of this drink is achieved with blue curaçao, an orange liqueur that was created on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean. We love garnishing these with blueberries in the summer (particularly to keep with the bright blue theme), but use whatever fruit you like.

Get the Frozen Blue Moscato Margaritas recipe.

touchdown punch
Emily hlavac green
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Touchdown Punch

Your team scored and this punch is the best way to celebrate. This Prosecco, vodka, and blue curaçao-based punch is the bubbly victory that pairs amazing with your favorite game day party foods.

Get the Touchdown Punch recipe.

mermaid lemonade
Ethan calabrese
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Mermaid Lemonade

We want to be where these mermaid lemonades are. This tropical combo of lemonade, blue curacao, and rum is like a beach day in a glass.

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deep blue vodka punch
Parker feierbach
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Deep Blue Vodka Punch

If Shark Week is basically your Christmas, then consider this our gift to you. Be sure to prepare the "lifesaver" well in advance so that it's fully frozen. As it melts it will create the foamy white waves and make the punch extra creamy. You just might need a bigger punch bowl.

Get the Deep Blue Vodka Punch recipe.

tiffany mimosas
Parker feierbach
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Tiffany Mimosas

These beautiful blue mimosas are just the drink to class up your next brunch. Be sure to refrigerate both your bubbly and your Blue Curacao so when you're ready to assemble, your drinks are already chilled. Try our Tequila Sunrise mimosas next!

Get the Tiffany Mimosas recipe.

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Blue Crush Margaritas

Slightly tangy Blue Curacao liqueur pairs insanely well shaken up in your regular ol' tequila-based margarita. You'll be crushing on these margs all summer long, guaranteed.

Get the Blue Crush Margaritas recipe.

jack frosties
Emily hlavac green
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Jack Frosties

This blended vodka. sparkling wine, Blue Curaçao, and lemonade cocktail will definitely perk up your winter, though it's delicious all year round as far as we're concerned. Want more slushies? Check out all of our top frozen drinks.

Get the Jack Frosties recipe.

mermaid mules
brad holland
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Mermaid Mules

What makes these cocktails so vibrantly blue? It's Curaçao, a blue liqueur made from citrus peels. Its tangy flavor is the perfect compliment to your average spicy, gingery Moscow mule.

Get the Mermaid Mules recipe.

shark infested water
Brandon bales
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Shark Infested Water

We claim this should be the official drink of Shark Week. It goes adorably well in a punch bowl, especially with all the tart gummy sharks floating around. Add a school of Swedish fish too!

Get the Shark Infested Water recipe.

tipsy mermaid punch
brad holland
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Tipsy Mermaid Punch

We want to be where this vibrant blue punch is. The combination of Blue Curaçao and Midori gives this party punch its beautiful aqua color. Not into rum? Check out our other punch recipes.

Get the Tipsy Mermaid Punch recipe.

mermaid coladas
Chelsea lupkin
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Mermaid Coladas

A (generous) splash of blue Curaçao turns piña coladas a gorgeous hue of blue. We think the mix of coconut milk and white rum would be Ariel-approved, but feel free to take it up a notch with coconut rum.

Get the Mermaid Coladas recipe.

mermaid mimosas
Charlie gillette
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Mermaid Mimosas

The secret to this drink's gorgeous ombre? Layering! Make sure you follow our instructions to a T to get that illusive blue to green effect.

Get the Mermaid Mimosas recipe.

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Boozy Fishbowl

A perfect big-batch recipe for a party, this fishbowl is based on the classic drink, the Blue Hawaiian, which is composed of rum, blue curaçao, and sometimes vodka.

Get the Boozy Fishbowl recipe.

blueberry lemonade margaritas
Emily hlavac green
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Blueberry Lemonade Margaritas

Yes, this one is technically more of a vibrant pink-purple, but you can often find us adding a splash of blue curaçao (and more blueberries) to add another layer of color and flavor to this favorite margarita. Have some leftover blueberry simple syrup? It tastes AMAZING in seltzer water, and is a great sweetener for iced tea.

Get the Blueberry Lemonade Margaritas recipe.

mojitos 3 ways
Emily hlavac green
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Mojitos, 3 Ways

It's always hard for us to pick a favorite mojito, but our blueberry version of our mojitos done in three ways is hard to beat. To get a bluer hue, add blue curaçao, which mixes super well with tequila, and adds a boost of orange flavor. If you just so happen to be interested in one without alcohol our blackberry virgin mojito is mighty refreshing and a great fourth option.

Get the Mojitos, 3 Ways recipe.

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Firefly Lemonade

Blue curaçao and Midori are the key to this festive cocktail that uses glow sticks as a swizzle stick. You'll be wanting to catch this spiked lemonade all night long.

Get the Firefly Lemonade recipe.

blue creamsicle mimosas
Laura rege
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Blue Creamsicle Mimosas

Did you know Blue Curaçao is is named for the bitter orange (laraha or Curaçao Orange) used to flavor it? We decided utilize this citrus flavor to create a creamsicle mimosa in the liqueur's trademark electric blue. Looks crazy, but tastes like boozy heaven.

Get the Blue Creamsicle Mimosas recipe.

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