Blue Balls Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Blue Balls shot is a playful concoction that's been a hit at parties and bars for its vibrant color and catchy name. It's particularly popular among those who enjoy tropical and fruity flavors with a hint of mischief.

  • Origin: The exact origin is unclear, but it's a modern creation likely inspired by beach culture and the love for colorful drinks.
  • Popularity: It's a favorite at bachelorette parties, spring break gatherings, and among young adults looking for a fun and Instagrammable shot.
  • Variations: Bartenders often put their own twist on it, sometimes adding more exotic fruit flavors or adjusting the sweetness level.

How Blue Balls Tastes?

The Blue Balls shot is a sweet and fruity delight with a tropical twist. The blue curacao provides a citrusy orange flavor, while the coconut rum adds a creamy, coconut essence. Peach schnapps brings in a juicy peach note, and the dash of Sprite offers a fizzy lift. The sweet and sour mix balances the sweetness with a tangy edge, making it a well-rounded, refreshing shot.

Interesting facts about Blue Balls

  • Colorful Appeal: The vibrant blue hue of the Blue Balls shot makes it a visually appealing choice for a night out.
  • Conversation Starter: The cheeky name often sparks laughter and breaks the ice at social events.
  • Versatile Flavor: Its fruity and tropical taste profile allows it to pair well with a variety of party themes and seasons.


Blue Curacao

Blue Curacao is the soul of the 'Blue Balls' shot, both in name and hue. This orange-flavored liqueur tinged with a vivid blue provides a sweet citrus kick. If you skip this, your balls won't be blue. When not available, try using orange liqueur mixed with a drop of blue food coloring for a similar effect, but remember, it's the blue that makes the splash!

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Coconut Rum

Coconut Rum adds a tropical twist, giving the shot beachy vibes that'll make you want to put on flip-flops. Too much can turn your drink into suntan lotion, too little and you'll miss the vacation in a glass. Alternatively, plain rum with a dash of coconut extract could work but you'd miss that subtle sweetness that melds the flavors together like a good sunblock.

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Peach Schnapps

This is the secret whisper of summer in your shot. It adds a fruity sweetness that plays well with others. Without it, the drink might feel incomplete, like a beach without sand. No Peach Schnapps? Try apricot brandy for a similar vibe, but expect less peachy-beachy and more of a bold stone-fruit punch.

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Just a dash, like the sparkle of sunlight on the ocean. It adds a bit of fizz, a hint of lemon-lime, and helps to mellow out stronger flavors. Omit it, and you lose some zing – like a poolside party without music. Swap it out for any clear soda if needed, but remember, it’s that little bit of sparkle that makes it fun.

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Sweet and Sour Mix

This is what balances the force in our tropical galaxy. The mix of sweetness and tartness cuts through the sweetness of the other ingredients. Leaving it out would be like a day at the beach without a breeze. Lemon or lime juice with a touch of simple syrup could sub in a pinch, giving you the pucker power needed to keep things lively!

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Recipe. How to make Blue Balls Drink

  1. Chill the Shot Glass: Place the shot glass in the freezer for a few minutes before preparing the drink.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a shaker, combine 0.5 oz of blue curacao, 0.5 oz of coconut rum, 0.5 oz of peach schnapps, and 0.25 oz of sweet and sour mix.
  3. Shake Well: Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain: Strain the mixture into the chilled shot glass.
  5. Top Off: Add a dash of Sprite on top.
  6. Serve Immediately: Serve the shot immediately for the best fizzy effect.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Your Ingredients: Keep your liquors in the fridge or freezer for a colder shot without too much dilution from the ice.
  • Layering: For a more impressive presentation, carefully layer the ingredients instead of shaking them.
  • Garnish: A twist of orange peel or a maraschino cherry can add a pop of color and a hint of extra flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Tapas: The sweetness and fruitiness of the Blue Balls shot can complement the heat from spicy dishes, creating a balanced tasting experience.
  • Sushi: The acidity and sweetness can pair nicely with the delicate flavors of sushi, especially rolls that incorporate fruits or sweeter sauces.
  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes in the drink can enhance the flavors of grilled fish or shrimp.


  • Cold Beers: A palate-cleansing lager or pilsner could be a great follow-up to the sweet and tart shot.
  • Water: To cleanse the palate in between shots, plain or sparkling water is recommended.


  • Tropical Fruit Platters: Fruits like pineapple and mango will echo the tropical tones in the shot.
  • Lemon Sorbet: To balance the sweetness with some refreshing acidity.

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What you could change in Blue Balls

  • Blue Curacao: You can substitute with blueberry schnapps or another fruit-flavored blue liqueur if needed.
  • Coconut Rum: In a pinch, white rum with a drop of coconut extract can work.
  • Peach Schnapps: Apricot brandy or another peach-flavored liqueur could be used as an alternative.

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Blue Lagoon Balls

  • Add Vodka: Include 0.25 oz of vodka for an extra kick.
  • Use Lemonade: Instead of Sprite, top with lemonade to amplify the citrus notes.
  • Garnish with a Cherry: Drop a maraschino cherry in for a hidden surprise. This twist is a bit stronger and tangier, and that cherry is like a hidden treasure at the bottom of a luscious blue sea.

Spiced Balls

  • Add Cinnamon Schnapps: Include 0.25oz of cinnamon schnapps for a spicy twist.
  • Top with Ginger Beer: Use ginger beer instead of Sprite to add a spicy fizz.
  • Garnish with an Orange Twist: For an aromatic flair. Expect a fiery sunset vibe with this one, a perfect shot for those who like a walk on the beach but also a bit of a bonfire party.

Green Balls

  • Use Midori: Instead of Blue Curacao, use 0.5 oz of Midori for a green hue and a melon flavor.
  • Top with Club Soda: For a neutral fizzy lift.
  • Serve with a Mint Leaf: For a fresh pop. You're going for a more herbal, fresh kick with this one, like an exotic garden party in your mouth where all the guests are wearing green.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue Balls

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blue Balls

Can the Blue Balls cocktail be turned into a non-alcoholic mocktail?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by substituting the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic blue curaçao syrup, coconut flavored syrup, and a peach juice or syrup. Use the same proportions as the cocktail to maintain the flavor profile.

Is it possible to make a large batch of Blue Balls for a party?

Definitely! You can multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and mix them in a large pitcher or bowl. Remember to add the Sprite just before serving to preserve the fizz.

What's the best way to chill glasses quickly for the Blue Balls shot?

Besides the freezer method mentioned, you can fill the glasses with ice and water while you prepare the shot ingredients, then dump the ice water right before pouring the shots.

Does the type of glass affect the taste or presentation of the Blue Balls shot?

While taste isn't significantly affected, the presentation can be. Shot glasses are traditional, but you could also use a small martini glass to add elegance to the presentation.

What kinds of events are most suitable for serving the Blue Balls cocktail?

Due to its playful name and vibrant color, the Blue Balls cocktail is ideal for casual parties, summer gatherings, and themed events, such as beach or poolside celebrations.

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