A mocktail as blue and refreshing as the ocean
If you want your day on the beach or by the pool to get 10 times better, then you have to have a Blue Lagoon Mocktail in your hand! Just like my Pineapple Ginger Beer Mocktail, every sip makes you feel like you’re dipping your toes in the ocean or walking through the sand on a Caribbean beach. The refreshing citrus flavor and bright blue hue won’t have you missing the alcohol at all.
This easy mocktail recipe may be a mimic of the original blue curacao cocktail but is just as bright, sweet, and thirst-quenching as the classic. Most of the 4 ingredients are the same as the original, aside from sparkling water. The bubbly water helps cut down on the sweetness while adding a fun fizz!
Serving a crowd? You can easily prepare a large batch of mocktails ahead of time so you can enjoy yourself at the party. Serve each ice-cold glass next to my Avocado Cilantro Greek Yogurt Dip to make your summer party a hit!
What is a blue lagoon mocktail?
A blue lagoon mocktail is a copycat of the original blue lagoon cocktail. This bright blue vodka cocktail is said to be invented in Paris during the 1960s or 70s, and is made with vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade. Both the non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions feature a citrus flavor, blue color, and refreshing feel.
Blue lagoon mocktail ingredients
The ingredients in this non-alcoholic blue drink are slightly different from the craft cocktail. Not to worry - you won’t miss out on the citrusy goodness and bright blue color! This easy mocktail has it all:
While high-quality blue curacao syrup (like Monin or Torani) does have a citrus flavoring similar to blue curacao liqueur, there just isn’t quite enough. Muddling the orange peel in the glass first releases some of the oils while infusing a bright orange flavor (without being overpowering). Just be sure to avoid the white pith when peeling the orange because it has a strong bitter flavor.
This is a must in both the traditional drink and the non-alcoholic version! Try to use your favorite brand (my favorite is Simply Lemonade) or you can make your own.
Blue curacao syrup
The original blue lagoon cocktail recipe is made primarily with blue curacao, which is a Caribbean liqueur made with dried Laraha citrus peels before being dyed blue.
To capture the same blue color and orange citrus flavor, the non-alcoholic version replaces the liqueur with blue curacao syrup. This cane sugar syrup adds a slight sweetness to the drink but isn’t overpowering.
A splash of sparkling water not only tones down the sweetness in this mocktail, but also makes each sip extra refreshing! It isn’t a traditional ingredient but adds a fun fizz and helps the drink taste that much more enjoyable.
How to make a virgin blue lagoon mocktail
Your guests are going to love this shaken mocktail! It’s so much more exciting than soda or regular lemonade, and comes together quickly so you don’t have to be stuck in the kitchen during the party:
Step 1: Muddle the orange peel in a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Add the lemonade.
Step 3: Add the blue curacao syrup.
Step 4: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into two glasses with ice.
Step 5: Top each glass with sparkling water.
Step 6: Garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
Blue curacao is a liqueur and, therefore, not alcohol-free. That’s why this mocktail recipe is made with non-alcoholic blue curacao syrup instead!
The liqueur is made from dried citrus peels while the syrup is alcohol-free and made primarily from cane sugar. Both, however, have bright and sweet citrus flavors and are dyed blue.
You can save a little time by mixing the syrup and lemonade together ahead of time in a pitcher. Keep it in the fridge until it’s time to serve, then top off the large batch mocktail with sparkling water and enjoy!
Looking for a frozen mocktail instead? Replace the orange peel with a splash of fresh orange juice, and add all of the ingredients into a blender with ice. Blend until smooth, then enjoy!
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Blue Lagoon Mocktail
- 4 inch portion orange peel
- 6 ounces lemonade
- 1 ounce Blue curacao syrup
- 8 ounces sparkling water
- Garnish: marachino cherries, orange twists
- Thoroughly muddle the orange peel in a cocktail shaker.
- Add lemonade and blue curacao syrup. Fill with ice and shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds.
- Evenly pour the mixture into two glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with four ounces of sparkling water and stir gently to combine.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange twist and serve!