A sultry summer evening makes me crave a Blue Hawaiian cocktail. Recipes vary on the use of vodka or rum (or both) but everyone agrees on Blue Curacao. After all, that’s what makes it blue! Follow my drunken logic, if Blue Curacao is basically triple sec, why not make blue versions of some other classic cocktails that are made with triple sec.
Before we mix the cocktails, let’s compare the taste of the Blue Curacao with our go-to premium triple sec, Cointreau. The Blue Curacao tastes like a watered down version of the Cointreau with similar flavor. It’s lighter in alcohol coming in at 30% whereas the Cointreau is 40%.
Our Blue Hawaiian is made with 1.5 oz. vodka. 1 oz. Blue Curacao, and 2 oz. pineapple juice. The Margarita is made with 1.5 oz. tequila, 1 oz. Blue Curacao, .5 oz. of lime juice and .5 oz. of simple syrup. We use the same recipe for the Daiquiri substituting rum for tequila. We usually gravitate towards aged tequilas and darker rums, but tonight we want the sparkly blue color to pop so we use the clear versions.
The Blue Hawaiian is refreshing and delicious, especially if you are a fan of pineapple juice. The Margarita tastes appetizing, but the clear tequila and somewhat watery triple sec are not quite on par with our Don Julio Anejo and Cointreau Margarita. The Daiquiri is the least exciting, however, I think it can be amped up with ice in a blender, making it a Frozen Blue Daiquiri.
While it was fun to craft three attractive blue cocktails, some flavor was sacrificed for the sake of eye appeal. Would you sacrifice taste for beauty?