Boozy Baja Blast Cocktail Recipe

Published June 13, 2022
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, coconut rum, peach liqueur, and blue curaçao.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with Mountain Dew and lemon-lime soda.
  5. Stir to mix.
  6. Garnish with lime wheel.

Boozy Baja Blast Recipe Variations and Substitutions

You have plenty of options when it comes to swapping ingredients or stirring up an original riff with a boozy Baja Blast drink.

  • Keep it simple by mixing eight ounces of classic Mountain Dew Baja Blast with two ounces of tequila, rum, or vodka for a classic highball.
  • Skip the peach liqueur and add extra coconut rum or substitute a pineapple liqueur.
  • Play with the ratio of Mountain Dew to lemon-lime soda for your preferred flavoring.
  • Add a half to a three-quarters ounce of cherry liqueur to make your Baja Blast a Cherry Smash.
  • Instead of coconut rum, use plain rum. Alternatively, you can also use vodka or tequila.

Garnishes for a Fancy Boozy Baja Blast

Swap your lime wheel or build on it with a few of these fun garnish ideas.

  • Garnish with several cherries pierced on a cocktail skewer.
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes over the drink or make a coconut shaving rim by rubbing the glass rim with a lime and then dipping in the shavings.
  • Layer several citrus garnishes together, such as a lime wheel with an orange slice or a lemon wheel with a lime wedge.
  • Use a peach slice for a fruity and flavorful garnish that also becomes a boozy snack at the end of the drink.

About the Boozy Baja Blast

The Baja Blast flavor of Mountain Dew was once tricky to come by. When this flavor first debuted in 2004, Taco Bell was the only location to find this tropical citrus flavor of Mountain Dew, and its signature ocean blue was as memorable as the taste. So while it was hard to find unless you made a Taco Bell run, bartenders could mimic the popular fast food soft drink, but with a boozy twist.

Meant to be paired with the food found at Taco Bell, the sweet and tropical notes have remained so popular that the flavor began appearing on retail shelves, but only after ten years. Consider pairing this cocktail with earthy, spicy flavors such as a homemade steak taco with pesto or a grilled chicken taco with pineapple salsa.

Blast off to Baja

Buckle up and blast off with a boozy Baja Blast drink recipe, as it is nothing short of the stuff dreams are made of. Whether you take the easy route and mix together a classic Baja Blast with some tequila or build an alcoholic Baja Blast drink from the ground up, you'll never again need a 99-cent taco run to get that tasty tropical flavor.

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