Some people are geniuses at tablescapes, or decor in general. Themed parties, fancy place settings, it’s all lovely but exceeds my time and patience constraints. Instead, I focus on nice glassware with delicious drinks inside. For a festive pop, I might even make something fun like blue cocktails. Since foods will be any color but blue, the contrast is stunning. As you prepare for hosting friends and family for holidays or any celebration, these should grace your table.
1. Blue Chai French 75
When Saraceni sent me this gorgeous bottle of blue bubbly, I thought it was more about looks than taste. But, I was wrong. Blumond is really delicious. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a French 75 variation. I had some delicious spiced chai syrup on hand, so I threw that in. It was really delicious and festive. The syrup is brown so it changed the blue cocktail into more of a turquoise, which I think it even prettier. Serve it in a gold confetti champagne glass and placed on this gold serving tray and you have a triumph. And, if you have guests who prefer wine over cocktails, serve it straight up.
Blue Chai French 75
- 1.5 oz gin
- 0.75 oz lemon juice
- 0.75 oz chai syrup
- 3-4 oz Blumond Blue Bubbly
- Add first three ingredients to a shaker with ice.
- Shake 20 seconds and double strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with Blumond to taste (or to the top of your glass). Serve and enjoy!
2. Iceberg, Right Ahead
One of my favorite spots in Kansas City recently held a Titanic-themed dinner. The bar team at Corvino created a collection of delicious cocktails but I kept seeing this one come out from the bar. I had to try it, even though I was worried it might be a bit too sweet. It was perfect! I enjoyed every sip and the cotton candy rock candy was yummy! The team was nice enough to share the recipe with me so I could share it with you. You’ll definitely want to make a big batch of these blue cocktails for your next party.
Iceberg, Right Ahead!
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 0.75 oz lime juice
- 0.5 oz passion fruit liquor
- 0.5 oz curaçao
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- 4 dashes blue curaçao
- 1 rock candy stick (optional)
- Add all ingredients (except rock candy) to a shaker tin half-full with ice.
- Shake for 20-30 seconds until tin gets cold.
- Strain into a rocks glass with ice and top with a rock candy stick. Enjoy!
3. Tropical Paradise
This cocktail was part of a series of vegan cocktails I worked on. The Tropical Paradise was my favorite of the bunch. Made with Zen Donkey Farms Paradise juice blend, it is fresh and transports you straight to vacation mode. If you’re not in range of Zen Donkey Farms delivery route, you can recreate the juice with the ingredients listed in the recipe. Using a nice, clear ice cube and an edible flower will finish off the look.
- 3 oz Paradise juice (pineapple, lemon, dandelion greens, blue algae)
- 2 oz white or light rum
- 1 oz orgeat
- If you are using Luxardo Orgeat syrup, dilute one part orgeat to four parts water.
- Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until a light foam forms.
- Strain into a glass with a large ice cube and garnish with an edible flower.
And there you have three blue cocktails that will be sure to surprise and delight all of your party and holiday guests. I also have a recipe for improved blue lagoon cocktails if you’re looking for more inspiration. Cheers!