Made with just four ingredients, this blue lagoon mocktail is sure to impress! It has a refreshing citrusy flavor and a gorgeous blue hue that will make you want to dive right in!
If you love a good old-fashioned lemonade, you will love this blue lagoon mocktail. It is an upgraded version of lemonade that has an exquisite blue color and tastes so refreshing.
You will need just four ingredients and a few minutes of your time to prepare this non-alcoholic blue lagoon mocktail which is ideal to be enjoyed during the summers!
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Why you will love this mocktail?
☑ It has a beautiful blue color that gives out beach vibes, it would be great to serve at beach-themed parties!
☑ It is not cloyingly sweet
☑ Can be prepared within minutes
☑ Requires no fancy bar accessories
☑ It is a non-alcoholic drink, so even kids and pregnant women can enjoy
☑ It is perfect for sipping on a hot summers day lounging in a hammock by the poolside/beach or on the patio
☑ Can be made in a large batch to serve a crowd
This simple blue color mocktail recipe can be prepared using just four ingredients;
Ice: I’ve used standard ice cubes, but you can add crushed ice, sphere ice cubes, pebble ice cubes, etc.
Blue curaçao syrup: Since this is a mocktail, we will be skipping the blue curaçao liquor and using the syrup instead which is nothing but sugar syrup flavored with lemon and oranges and tinted with blue food dye.
Lemon juice: Can also be substituted with lime juice. Whatever you choose to use, make sure it’s freshly squeezed, as it makes a noticeable difference in the overall flavor given that there are few ingredients used here.
Sprite: Instead of lemonade that’s used to make a blue lagoon mocktail, we will be using sprite here. Using lemonade will make this mocktail too sweet!
How to make a blue lagoon mocktail at home – Step by step process
Step 1: Fill a chilled hurricane glass with lots of ice
Fill a hurricane glass with ice cubes or crushed ice.
Step 2: Add all the ingredients and stir
Add 1/2 oz (15 ml) blue curaçao syrup and 1 oz (30 ml) of lemon juice.
Top with 4 oz (125 ml) sprite or 2 oz of club soda and 2 oz of sprite (for a less sweet drink). Stir gently. Check for sweetness, if you prefer a sweeter drink, add 1/2 to 1 oz more of blue curaçao syrup.
Step 3: Garnish, and serve
Garnish with a lemon wheel, maraschino cherry, and cocktail umbrella (optional, but fun!)
The classic blue lagoon cocktail is generally served on the rocks, so I’ve used the same route to serve this mocktail.
Traditionally, maraschino cherries are used to garnish this mocktail. I also garnished the drink with a lemon wheel and a cocktail umbrella. You can play around with the garnishes, some other options are;
- Lemon or lime twists or peels
- Orange slices, twists, or peels
- Fresh mint leaves
Recipe tips and variations
This recipe is quick and easy, that just uses a handful of ingredients. But I’d like to share some tips and variations so that you can adapt this recipe to suit your taste.
Cocktail: For an alcoholic version add a shot of vodka, light rum, or gin.
Sweetness: I have not added any simple syrup or sugar in this mocktail since the blue curaçao syrup along with the sprite imparts ample sweetness. In fact, I’ve cut back on the blue curaçao syrup because I don’t think it makes for a good 1:1 substitution for the curaçao liquor. The lemon juice is needed here as the acidity of the fresh lemon juice cuts through the sweetness and balances the drink perfectly.
Club soda: You may skip the sprite and use sparkling water or club soda instead. Increase the blue curaçao syrup to 1 oz (2 tablespoons or 30 ml). The rest of the procedure will stay the same. After adding the club soda, taste and check for sweetness. The increased curaçao syrup will provide enough sweetness, but if it’s less for you, add 1 oz of simple syrup or sweeten it to taste.
Orange flavor: You can also add a couple of tablespoons of orange juice for that added orange flavor to replicate the flavor of the blue curaçao liquor. This will change the color of the drink towards a greenish tint though.
A hint of heat: Spice up this drink by adding some chili pepper simple syrup or ginger simple syrup or ginger juice.
Chill your glassware: This is a matter of personal choice, but doing so will keep the mocktail cold for a longer time and prevent the ice from melting quickly. Chill the glass in the fridge for 30 minutes. Also, remember to chill the ingredients for the drink. You could eliminate the use of ice if you’d like.
Make a blue lagoon mojito mocktail: Muddle 8 to 10 large mint leaves along with 1 oz (2 tablespoons) of lime juice in a highball glass. Top with ice cubes, add 1 oz (2 tablespoons) of blue curaçao syrup, and top with 3 to 4 oz of club soda or sprite. Again check for sweetness and adjust accordingly.
Ice: You can skip the ice if all the ingredients are chilled.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Is blue curaçao a syrup or alcohol?
Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the bitter orange laraha, a citrus fruit grown on the Dutch island of Curaçao.
Curaçao can be sold in numerous forms, though the most common are the orange-hued dry Curaçao and blue Curaçao, which is dyed bright blue. (Wiki)
To make a classic blue lagoon cocktail, you need 1 part of the Caribbean liquor blue curaçao, 1 part of vodka, and 4 parts of lemonade.
For the mocktail version, blue curaçao is replaced by blue curaçao syrup which is non-alcoholic. It is nothing but sugar syrup flavored with mild orange flavor and dyed with blue food coloring.
What does blue curaçao syrup taste like?
It tastes sweet with a hint of orange and lemon flavor. The local Indian brand (Mapro) that I’ve used also has added lemon flavor. The taste may vary depending on what brand you use, but expect it to be sweet since it is nothing but sweet syrup infused with orange flavor. It is used to make a number of cocktails and mocktails such as the Blue Hawaiian, blue Hawaii, blue devil, midnight kiss, blue mermaid and many more!
Why is blue curaçao blue in color?
The liquor and the syrup are both naturally colorless. The blue color in both comes from blue food coloring.
What is a substitute for blue curaçao syrup?
You can use 1 tablespoon of orange-infused simple syrup instead, along with a few drops of blue food coloring.
To make the orange simple syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add the peel from an orange (avoid the pith). Bring to a boil, and cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Switch off the heat and allow the simple syrup to steep for 30 minutes. Once it is completely cool, discard the peels and refrigerate in an airtight glass bottle for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
What does this tropical blue lagoon mocktail taste like?
This fun and colorful mocktail has a citrusy, sweet-sour flavor.
Can this mocktail be made in advance?
I do not suggest making this several hours in advance. The ice will melt and water the drink down diluting the flavor. Also, the sprite will lose its fizz!
If making a large batch, you can squeeze the lemon juice and add it to the blue curaçao syrup in a pitcher. Mix well and refrigerate the pitcher. When you are ready to serve, add ice cubes, top with sprite, stir and serve!
Do I need a special glass to serve this mocktail?
Traditionally, the blue lagoon cocktail is served in a hurricane glass. Feel free to use a serving glass of your choice!
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Blue Lagoon Mocktail
- 14 to 15 ice cubes, or as needed
- 1/2 oz blue curaçao syrup, 15 ml
- 1 oz lemon juice, 30 ml
- 4 oz sprite, 125 ml or 2 oz sprite and 2 oz club soda
- Lemon, lime, or orange wheel
- Maraschino cherry
- Cocktail umbrella
- Fill a hurricane glass with ice cubes or crushed ice.
- Add blue curacao syrup and lemon juice.
- Top with sprite or a mix of club soda and sprite (for a less sweet drink). Stir gently. Check for sweetness, if you prefer a sweeter drink, add 1/2 to 1 oz more of blue curacao syrup.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel, maraschino cherry, and cocktail umbrella (optional, but fun!)