Blue Motorcycle Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:22%

Created by

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 Motorcycle, also known as Adios ***, is a popular cocktail that's been around since the 1970s. It's a strong, potent drink that's perfect for those who love a good kick in their cocktails. It's often served in bars and clubs, and is a favorite among those who enjoy a night out.

  • The Blue Motorcycle is known for its vibrant blue color, which comes from the blue curacao.
  • It's a variation of the Long Island Iced Tea, but with a twist.
  • This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy strong, potent drinks.

How Blue Motorcycle Tastes?

The Blue Motorcycle is a strong, potent cocktail with a sweet and sour taste. The sweetness comes from the blue curacao and sweet and sour mix, while the sourness is provided by the lemon juice. The vodka, tequila, rum, and gin give it a strong alcoholic kick.

Interesting facts about Blue Motorcycle

  • The Blue Motorcycle is also known as Adios ***.
  • It's a variation of the Long Island Iced Tea, but with a twist.
  • Despite its strong alcohol content, it has a sweet and sour taste that makes it quite enjoyable.


A few good options for Blue Motorcycle are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Blue Motorcycle are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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  • Reason: Vodka provides a clean, neutral spirit that doesn't interfere with the other flavors but adds to the alcohol content. If you skip it, the cocktail might lack some punch.
  • Alternative: You can substitute it with a flavored vodka to give it a twist. A citrus flavor would work well.

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  • Reason: Tequila adds a bit of complexity and a whisper of spice. Without it, you'd be missing earthiness and depth.
  • Alternative: Mezcal could be used for a smokier version.

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  • Reason: Rum brings sweetness and a slight tropical note to the mix. Leaving it out would make the cocktail less rich.
  • Alternative: A spiced rum can heat things up a notch.

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  • Reason: Gin adds herbal notes that complement the cocktail's complexity. If you don't use it, you'll miss those herbal cues.
  • Alternative: Try a floral gin for more aroma.

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Blue Curacao

  • Reason: Provides the signature blue color and adds some orange citrus flavor. No Blue Curacao, no blue sea on the horizon!
  • Alternative: Triple sec or Cointreau can be used for flavor but you'd lose the blue hue.

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Sweet and Sour Mix

  • Reason: It balances the sweetness and tartness harmoniously. Without it, the cocktail could be too boozy or tart.
  • Alternative: Homemade mix with fresh lemons and simple syrup works too!

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Lemon Juice

  • Reason: Adds fresh zesty citrus that cuts through the sweetness. No lemon juice, you lose some zing!
  • Alternative: Lime juice is a close cousin that will do the trick.

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  • Reason: Adds a fizzy, sugary touch to lighten the spirits. It's the fizz that makes you whizz!
  • Alternative: Any clear soda will suffice, but try to stick with lemon-lime flavors.

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Recipe. How to make Blue Motorcycle Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add all the ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to properly mix all the ingredients.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best taste.
  • Serve it in a highball glass for the traditional Blue Motorcycle experience.

Perfect Pairings

Pairings for Blue Motorcycle Cocktail

  • Appetizers: Light appetizers like shrimp cocktail or calamari provide a subtle taste that won't overpower the cocktail's flavors.
  • Barbecue: The robust flavors of grilled meats can stand up to the strong mix of spirits in the Blue Motorcycle.
  • Salty Snacks: Salt complements the sweet and sour notes in the drink, so consider pairing with pretzels or salted nuts.
  • Citrus-based desserts: A lemon tart or key lime pie would echo the citrus notes from the lemon juice and Blue Curacao.

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What you could change in Blue Motorcycle

  • You can substitute the 7-Up with Sprite or any other lemon-lime soda.
  • If you don't have sweet and sour mix, you can make your own by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and simple syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Blue Hawaiian Motorcycle

  • Switch the 7-Up with coconut cream and add a splash of pineapple juice. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of pineapple. This twist takes you straight to tropical beaches with a creamier texture and sweet pineapple taste.

Green Machine Motorcycle

  • Use Midori instead of Blue Curacao for a neon green appearance. Switch the lemon juice with lime juice. This one will mesmerize with its looks while delivering a honeydew melon twist to your taste buds.

Red Racer Motorcycle

  • Drop the Blue Curacao and add grenadine for a deep red tint. Mix in a bit of cranberry juice for a tart kick. It's a fruitier ride with a sharp turn on flavor Highway, and the color that says, 'I'm on fire!'

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue Motorcycle

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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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 Motorcycle

What is the origin of the name 'Blue Motorcycle'?

The cocktail gets its name from its vibrant blue color, which comes from the Blue Curacao liqueur that is used in the mix. The ‘Motorcycle’ part of the name is believed to have originated from the drink's strong, potent nature that offers a powerful 'kick', much like a motorcycle.

Are there any other variations of this cocktail?

Yes, a commonly known variation is called the 'Purple Motorcycle', which substitutes the Blue Curacao with Chambord. There's also a 'Red Motorcycle' that uses Grenadine instead of Blue Curacao.

Is it okay to mix different brands of alcohol in this cocktail?

Yes, it is common to mix different brands of alcohol while creating cocktails. It is, however, recommended to use good quality alcohol to ensure the best taste.

What kind of occasions is this drink suitable for?

Given its strong and potent nature, the Blue Motorcycle is often popular at parties and nightclubs. Its vibrant blue color makes it an attractive choice for festive occasions as well.

How can I reduce the alcohol content in the Blue Motorcycle?

You can reduce the alcohol content by simply using less of each alcoholic ingredient and increasing the amount of 7-Up or Sweet and Sour Mix.

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