When you combine Blue Curacao with rum and sweet and sour, you will likely wind up with a cocktail that will magically transport you to the tropics for a virtual beach vacation. The tantalizing hue of Blue Curacao offers a visual treat as well as a delicious addition for drinks.
Blue Curacao Liqueur
Blue Curacao is derived from a type of orange, which may seem odd given its color. Its history dates back to the 19th century. Spanish explorers journied to the Caribbean island of Curacao and brought the orange trees back to Spain in order to enjoy their sweet taste.
Unfortunately, the differing climates impacted the flavor of the fruits and necessitated some horticultural tending to eventually become the current laraha species. The liqueur is produced from the oils of the peel rather than the fruit. While the distilled liqueur is clear, it is also produced in other colors such as green and orange. Blue Curacao is most commonly seen, perhaps because of it visual appeal.
Rum and Its Variations
Rum provides a subtle sweetness and kick to any cocktail, including drinks featuring Blue Curacao with rum and sweet and sour. Using silver rum will keep the emphasis on the blue color, which happens to add a nice touch for a summer drink. However, other types of rum also marry well with the orange-flavored Blue Curacao.
Coconut rum, for example, will play up the tropical flavors of the orange and add a bit of a wow factor to the cocktail. It can be a tasty accompaniment to a Caribbean or tropical-themed menu with dishes such as coconut-crusted shrimp or marinated shiskabobs with chicken and pineapple chunks. You can also use spiced rum to add some complex flavors to your drink.
Sweet and Sour
Sweet and sour mix acts as a good foil for a drink with Blue Curacao and rum. It adds just the right bite. It will also play nicely off of the orange flavor and enhance the citrus component. You can make your own using lemon juice with some sugar so you can adjust it to your taste.
Blue Curacao with Rum and Sweet and Sour
These three base ingredients give you a lot of room with which to work. Of course, these additions can form the primary base for your cocktail or leave room for other additions.
The Adios Mother stands on its own, and it's sure to make you sit up and take notice. The name doesn't hide its powerful kick. This drink also calls for the addition of vodka and gin.
- 1 ounce each of vodka, gin, rum
- 6 ounces of sweet and sour mix
- 1 ounce of Blue Curacao
- 6 ounces of 7-Up®
This drink is served ice cold in a hurricane glass filled with ice. You can garnish it with a cherry for added color and contrast.
The Hawaii Five-O features these three ingredients with the addition of pineapple juice. The proportions differ from the classic Blue Hawaii, and make the Blue Curacao more of a starring attraction.
- 2 ounces. light or silver rum
- 2 ounces. Blue Curacao
- 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
- 3 ounces pineapple, fresh to keep with the theme
Stir all the ingredients together in a highball glass and top it off with ice.
The Blue Bahama adds a few other ingredients for a cocktail that packs a punch. You can also serve this drink in a hurricane glass in keeping with the tropical theme. Several variations of this drink exist. Two additional liqueurs add some complexity and flavor to this drink in this recipe.
- 1 ounce of triple sec
- 1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
- 1 ounce Blue Curacao
- ½ ounce each of gin, rum, vodka and tequila
- 2 splashes of sweet and sour
You can shake all of these ingredients together, finishing with a splash of lemon lime soda to add some extra pop. The addition of the triple sec plays up the orange of the Blue Curacao, while the melon liqueur adds a beautiful hue to the drink.
Mix One of These Drinks and Enjoy
Basing cocktails on Blue Curacao offers you a way to make drinks that are both tasty and striking in color. They have a fun, tropical flair reminiscent of the turquoise waters of an exotic getaway. For a refreshing summer drink, they cannot be beat.