Blue Lagoon Cocktail 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 Lagoon cocktail is believed to have been created in the 1960s by bartender Andy MacElhone at Harry's New York Bar in Paris. This refreshing cocktail quickly gained popularity and is now a staple in many bars around the world. It is often enjoyed by those who appreciate a visually stunning and deliciously fruity drink.

  • Origin: Paris, France
  • Creator: Andy MacElhone
  • Popularized: 1960s

How Blue Lagoon Tastes?

The Blue Lagoon cocktail has a sweet and tangy taste with a hint of citrus. It is light and refreshing, making it perfect for warm summer days. The combination of blue curaçao and lemonade gives it a unique, tropical flavor.

Interesting facts about Blue Lagoon

  • The Blue Lagoon gets its vibrant blue color from the blue curaçao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.
  • The cocktail is often served in a highball glass, but can also be presented in a hurricane glass for a more exotic look.
  • The Blue Lagoon is sometimes referred to as a 'swimming pool' cocktail due to its bright blue color and refreshing taste.


A few good options for Blue Lagoon are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Serving as the cocktail's backbone, 1oz of vodka adds a clean, slightly warming alcohol base without overwhelming the drink. Push beyond that, and you risk masking the other flavors! 😜

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Blue Curaçao

Adding 1oz of this vibrant blue liqueur not only gives our Blue Lagoon its signature color but also a subtle orange flavor layer. Omit it, and you lose the 'blue' and the 'lagoon'. 🌊

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4oz of lemonade contributes the refreshing zesty sweetness and a bit of tartness to balance out the booze. Less lemonade might leave your palate singed, more, and you'd be hosting a lemonade stand. 🍋

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A cup of ice chills the drink, making it more enjoyable and dilutes the cocktail just a bit to mellow the flavors as it melts. No ice? Brace yourself for an oddly warm and over-concentrated potion! 🧊

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Lemon Wheel

A wheel of lemon is not only a pretty garnish; it's a cue to the citrus vibes awaiting in the drink. It's also handy for an extra citrus kick if needed. Without it, the drink is like a beach without sun. 🍋🌞

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The cherry on top, quite literally. It adds a touch of sweetness and an eye-candy effect to the presentation. If you skip it, your Blue Lagoon is still swimmable, but less Instagrammable. 🍒

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Recipe. How to make Blue Lagoon Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1oz of vodka and 1oz of blue curaçao over the ice.
  3. Top with 4oz of lemonade and gently stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cooler for longer.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemonade for a more authentic and refreshing taste.
  • Stir gently after adding the lemonade to avoid diluting the cocktail too much.

Perfect Pairings


Grilled shrimp or fish tacos with a squeeze of fresh lime complement the citrus flavors of the Blue Lagoon.

Salty Snacks

Classic bar snacks like salted nuts or potato chips go great with the cool, refreshing taste of this cocktail.

Fruit Platters

A platter of tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and papaya will enhance the sweet and fruity notes of the Blue Lagoon.

Light Salads

A crisp garden salad with a citrus-based dressing pairs well, keeping things refreshing and balanced.

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What you could change in Blue Lagoon

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with white rum or gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Blue Curaçao: If unavailable, you can use blue food coloring with a dash of orange liqueur.
  • Lemonade: Can be substituted with a mix of fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Coconut Blue Lagoon

Replace lemonade with coconut water for a tropical twist

  • Ingredients: Vodka:1oz, Blue Curaçao:1oz, Coconut Water:4oz, Ice:1cup, Pineapple Wedge
  • Recipe: Use coconut water instead of lemonade for a more island-like feel. The coconut's subtle sweetness contrasts the Blue Curaçao's citrus notes, creating an exotic escape.

Sparkling Blue Lagoon

Add soda water to give it a fizzy kick

  • Ingredients: Vodka:1oz, Blue Curaçao:1oz, Lemonade:3oz, Soda Water:1oz, Ice:1cup, Lemon wheel:1
  • Recipe: This twist adds effervescence to the Blue Lagoon, uplifting the refreshment factor and intriguing the palate.

Spicy Blue Lagoon

Infuse vodka with jalapeños for a spicy surprise

  • Ingredients: Jalapeño-infused Vodka:1oz, Blue Curaçao:1oz, Lemonade:4oz, Ice:1cup, Jalapeño Slice:1
  • Recipe: The jalapeño-infused vodka brings a spicy kick that dances with the cool colors of the drink. It's a bold move for those who want their lagoon with a little more heat.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue Lagoon

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blue Lagoon

What is the best vodka to use for a Blue Lagoon cocktail?

A high-quality vodka with a neutral and clean taste is ideal for this recipe as it lets the other components shine. Brands like Grey Goose, Tito's and Belvedere are good options.

Are there any non-alcoholic alternatives for this cocktail?

Yes, a mocktail version can be made by substituting vodka and blue curaçao with blueberry juice or diluted blue food coloring, and a splash of orange juice.

When is the best season or occasion to enjoy a Blue Lagoon cocktail?

With its refreshing taste and tropical feel, the Blue Lagoon cocktail is a great fit for summer parties and backyard BBQs, although it can be enjoyed anytime you wish.

Why is it called Blue Lagoon? Does it relate to any movie or event?

While the name coincides with a movie titled 'Blue Lagoon', the cocktail reportedly does not have any connection with the film. The name primarily stems from the visually striking blue color of the drink.

What food meals can pair well with this cocktail?

The Blue Lagoon pairs well with seafood dishes, grilled chicken, salads and light appetizers. It also pairs well with spicy food because of its sweet and calming effect.

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