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How to Make a Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Updated on February 3, 2013


  • 2 parts Vodka - 60ml/2 fluid ounces
  • 1 part Blue curacao - 30ml/1 fluid ounce
  • Diet lemonade - 370ml - 12 fluid ounces
  • Lime cordial - 25ml - just under 1 fluid ounce
  • Ice

How to Make a Blue Lagoon Cocktail

It's not difficult.

You want:

  • 2 parts vodka: 1 part blue curacao
  • add loads of ice
  • top it up with lemonade
  • add a shot of lime cordial - or a shot of lime juice
  • decorate glass with slice of lemon, orange or lime
  • serve in a tall glass with straws

blue lagoon cocktail
blue lagoon cocktail | Source

Blue Lagoon cocktails are deliciously deceptive.

They taste like soft drinks, but aren't.

Far from it, in fact, this is an extremely potent cocktail with a mix of two alcoholic drinks, which tends to exacerbate the actual alcohol content.

That said, this is a super refreshing summer drink, perfect for those summer barbecues!

Some people add gin as well as vodka. I personally would not recommend this as gin subtly changes the flavor into something that isn't quite so nice, in my opinion.

Not only that, but the addition of a third alcoholic drink makes it overly potent.

Cocktails should make a refreshing drink that if sipped, should keep you sober.

If you want to get completely rat-arsed, drinks shots, as fast as possible.

The best cocktails are served in tall glasses, to be sipped and enjoyed, but which still have that 'kick' that gives you a warm glow inside.

Most of us, if we are perfectly honest, like to drink alcohol, and like how it makes us feel.

Conversation flows easier, friends are easier to make.

But only if we drink sensibly, and serving up a pleasant cocktail such as Blue Lagoons in the right setting can make us, and our guests, feel good about the world.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 300ml/10 fluid ounces
Calories 139
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

A word about the ingredients

While it is universally recognised that vodka should be added at twice the rate of curacao, there is no hard and fast rule.

You will notice that I haven't said there should be 15ml of this, and 30ml of that, or whatever.

[Edit: I have added in exact measurements, just to work out the nutritional value, to give you an idea of how fattening it is.]

This recipe is for the home. and what tastes right for you, is right.

Experiment, and over the course if just one evening you will find the perfect solution for you.

Write it down, because you probably won't remember the next day.

Bars, pubs and clubs tend to serve up a weak version of a Blue Lagoon, which should be as potent as it is blue!

Where did the Blue Lagoon Cocktail come from?

According to wikipedia - "It is far more likely this cocktail derives from the popular 1980 Movie "The Blue Lagoon" starring Brooke Shields. This drink dates to 1980 and contained at least as of then:"

Whoops, got that wrong, because I was drinking Blue Lagoons on a regular basis when I was (cough) 18.

I wasn't officially 18 until 1976, but I was unofficially 18 from 1974 or thereabouts.

I reckon the Blue Lagoon was born at the same time as Blue Curacao.

bottle of blue curacao
bottle of blue curacao | Source

What is Blue Curacao?

Many years ago, Spanish conquistadores introduced the Valencian orange tree to the island of Curacao, an island in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela in South America.

In those days, the Spanish were not only a conquering race, they were intelligent and keen to learn.

Their armadas carried fruits and plants indigenous to Spain, as well as weapons of destruction should they meet enemy warships.

They planted Valencian oranges on Curacao, but they didn't grow too well, from all accounts.

Valencian oranges are bitter, and not loved much by anyone except the British, who have learned that they are perfect ingredient in marmalade.

Over the years since then, a new citrus tree has evolved from the Valencian orange tree, which the locals call Laraha.

Considered inedible, some bright spark learned how to turn it into an orange-flavored liqueur, and also had the ingenious idea of addiing an artificial dye to it, to turn it into a brilliant blue, and a modern-day cocktail mixer was born.

They dye is called 'Brilliant blue FCF' and is best ignored, if you just like your cocktails shaken, not stirred.

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Blue Lagoon cocktail recipe


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    • Nigella Cook profile imageAUTHOR

      Nigella Cook 

      6 years ago from UK

      Its a lovely refreshing summer drink, and so much cheaper to make at home than buy in a pub!

    • M K Paul profile image

      M K Paul 

      6 years ago from India

      I love blue lagoon.Thanks for sharing, now i also make it at home


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