Blue Ocean Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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 Ocean is a relatively modern cocktail, its origins are not steeped in history like some other classic cocktails. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy tropical, fruity drinks and is often served at beach bars and resorts. It's a perfect cocktail for those who enjoy a sweet, refreshing drink with a hint of the exotic.

  • Who would like it?

    • If you're a fan of sweet, fruity cocktails with a tropical vibe, then the Blue Ocean is for you.

How Blue Ocean Tastes?

The Blue Ocean is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a refreshing tropical taste. The blue curacao gives it a citrusy edge, while the pineapple juice adds a tangy sweetness. The vodka provides a strong, smooth base that balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Interesting facts about Blue Ocean

  • The Blue Ocean gets its vibrant color from blue curacao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao.
  • Despite its tropical taste, the Blue Ocean doesn't actually contain any tropical spirits. The tropical flavor comes from the combination of pineapple juice and blue curacao.
  • The Blue Ocean is often served in a highball glass, garnished with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.


A few good options for Blue Ocean are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Why 1.5 oz?: The vodka serves as the foundation of the cocktail, providing a strong but neutral alcohol base that lets the other flavors shine. If you put too much, you'd be overpowered by the spirit; too little, and you won't feel that uplifting 'cheers' moment. Alternatives: Try using coconut rum for a sweeter, more tropical twist.

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Blue Curacao

Liquid Spectrum: 1 oz of this vibrant blue liqueur not only gives our concoction its signature azure allure but also a sweet orange flavor. Take it away and you'll lose part of the ocean! Alternatives: A splash of triple sec and food coloring could pinch-hit, but why not play in the big leagues?

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Pineapple Juice

Tropical Currents: At 3 oz, pineapple juice sways the cocktail with its bold, tangy sweetness, offering a flavor wave that makes you feel like you're surfing in Hawaii. Less juice would make your wave pool shallow, more would flood the flavor balance. No Pineapple?: Mango juice could be your 'plan B', but remember, it's a different kind of beach party.

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Lemon Juice

Zesty Splash: Half an ounce brightens this drink like a lemon-shaped sun in your cocktail sky, adding that essential crispness. Leave it out, and your Blue Ocean might become too sweet, spoiling the sunny day. Alternative Sunshine: Lime juice can step in if lemon is playing hard to get.

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Cool Factor: Ice keeps everything chill and refreshing. Less ice, you're in lukewarminster; too much and you'll be drinking a cold heartbreak. Remember, nobody wants a watering down of their spirits.

Emma Rose

Pineapple Slice and Cherry

Garnish Game: This duo is like the perfect beach outfit - it's not just about looks; they're also a sneak peek of the flavors within. No garnish equals no glamour, and that's a party foul in cocktail land. Change Your Style?: A twist of orange peel or a slice of lime can dress to impress if you want to switch up the ensemble.

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Recipe. How to make Blue Ocean Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Pro Tips

Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the flavors are well combined.

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Seared Scallops: The sweetness of the scallops complements the fruity notes of the Blue Ocean cocktail.
  • Coconut Shrimp: The tropical flavor of coconut pairs well with the pineapple in the cocktail.
  • Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips: A zesty and sweet starter that harmonizes with the citrusy profile of the drink.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Mahi-Mahi: The lightness of grilled fish doesn't overpower the cocktail's flavors.
  • Lemon Chicken: The lemon in the chicken matches the acidity in the cocktail, creating a balanced experience.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A refreshing choice that cleanses the palate, echoing the cocktail's citrus notes.
  • Mango Cheesecake: The mango's sweetness plays off the cocktail's tropical character.

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What you could change in Blue Ocean

You can substitute the vodka with white rum for a more tropical flavor.

  • If you don't have blue curacao, you can use triple sec and a drop of blue food coloring.

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And of course - twists🍹

Tropical Breeze

Ingredients: Substituting vodka with coconut rum Recipe: Same steps but with the coconut infused rum, this twist rides the coconut wave all the way to the shore. Flavor Difference: You'll taste a sunnier, creamier beach in your mouth - it’s like putting your taste buds on vacation.

Green Lagoon

Ingredients: Substitute Blue Curacao with Midori melon liqueur Recipe: Same shaking and serving, but with a green hue provided by Midori, you've just turned the ocean into an exotic lagoon. Flavor Difference: Prepare for a melon-mania with a tropical twist - it's less about the citrus, more about the sweet shoreline.

Fiery Sunset

Ingredients: Adding a splash of grenadine to the original recipe Recipe: Pour grenadine over the finished cocktail to watch a 'sunset' form at the bottom of your glass. Flavor Difference: The grenadine's pomegranate punch adds a new layer to your liquid horizon, reminding you of a fiery sunset over a blue ocean.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue Ocean

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Ocean

What's the best time to enjoy the Blue Ocean cocktail?

Given its refreshing, tropical taste, the Blue Ocean cocktail can be enjoyed at any time during the day. However, it's particularly refreshing on hot, summer days or as a cool-down drink after a long day.

Can I make a mocktail version of the Blue Ocean?

Yes. Just avoid adding vodka and replace blue curacao with a non-alcoholic blue syrup, such as blue raspberry. It should give you a similar color and a sweet flavor.

Can kids enjoy this drink?

Yes, but only a version without any alcohol. It can be a fun tropical fruit punch for kids with the fruity mix of pineapple and lemon juice, and the non-alcoholic blue syrup mentioned above.

I don't like the taste of vodka. Can it be replaced with another spirit?

While the original recipe includes vodka, this cocktail is very versatile. You could try gin for a richer flavor or tequila to retain the tropical vibes.

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