Lake Water Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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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 Lake Water cocktail is a fun and refreshing drink that's perfect for summer parties or lounging by the pool. It's a relatively new concoction, gaining popularity in the past decade. It's a favorite among those who enjoy tropical, fruity flavors and a hint of coconut. The name 'Lake Water' comes from its vibrant blue color, reminiscent of a beautiful, clear lake on a sunny day.

How Lake Water Tastes?

The Lake Water cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour. The coconut rum adds a tropical sweetness, while the blue curacao lends a slightly bitter citrus flavor. The pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda balance out the flavors with a tangy freshness.

Interesting facts about Lake Water

  • The Lake Water cocktail is often served in a highball glass, filled with ice.
  • Despite its tropical flavors, it's not considered a traditional tiki drink.
  • The blue color comes from the blue curacao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.


Coconut Rum

Coconut rum gives a sweet, tropical base to the cocktail. It brings a smooth and creamy coconut flavor that is essential for the 'Lake Water' vibe. Using too little may lose the tropical touch, while too much can overpower the other ingredients. Without it, the drink loses its characteristic coconut essence.

Alternatives: Vanilla vodka for a less sweet, more aromatic twist.

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Blue Curacao

This blue liqueur adds a bright, fun color and a slight bitter orange flavor. It pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the coconut rum, creating a well-balanced taste. If omitted, you would miss out on the signature blue color and citrus zing.

Alternatives: Blueberry syrup with a dash of orange bitters as a non-alcoholic substitution.

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Pineapple Juice

Fresh pineapple juice provides a tart and fruity counterpoint to the sweetness of the rum and Curacao. It also adds body and tropical character to the drink. Less juice can make the drink too boozy, while more can make it too fruity and dilute.

Alternatives: Mango juice for a different tropical profile.

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Lemon-Lime Soda

The soda adds fizz and a crisp, refreshing dimension which helps lighten the drink. Its sweetness and acidity balance out the stronger flavors of the rum and Curacao. Without it, the cocktail might be too flat and heavy.

Alternatives: Club soda for less sweetness, with a squeeze of fresh lime for the zesty note.

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Recipe. How to make Lake Water Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the coconut rum and blue curacao.
  3. Add the pineapple juice.
  4. Top off with the lemon-lime soda.
  5. Stir gently to mix.
  6. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • For a more tropical flavor, try using a pineapple-coconut juice blend.
  • If you want a stronger cocktail, add an extra shot of rum.
  • Serve with a colorful straw for a fun, festive touch.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Seafood such as shrimp or calamari will complement the tropical flavors of the cocktail.
  • Summer Salads with fruits like mango or papaya can enhance the sweetness of the cocktail.


  • Tortilla Chips and Mango Salsa for a refreshing counterpart.


  • Coconut-based desserts like coconut cream pie to echo the coconut rum.
  • Fruit Sorbets, particularly lemon or pineapple, for a palate-cleansing finish.

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What you could change in Lake Water

  • If you don't have coconut rum, you can use regular white rum and a splash of coconut milk.
  • If you can't find blue curacao, you can use triple sec and a drop of blue food coloring.

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Tropical Storm

  • Substitute the coconut rum with spiced rum.
  • Use grapefruit soda instead of lemon-lime soda. This version has a more robust and spicy flavor profile with a grapefruit tang, giving an edgier feel to the calm Lake Water.

Berry Splash

  • Add a splash of raspberry syrup.
  • Garnish with fresh berries. A fruity and slightly tart twist that introduces berry notes, which can be a sweet surprise to the tropical essence of the original.

Citrus Breeze

  • Incorporate a splash of fresh lime juice.
  • Top with sparkling water instead of lemon-lime soda. This rendition is zesty and less sweet, making it a more refreshing option for those who prefer a cocktail with a bite.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lake Water

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 Lake Water

What's the best time to enjoy a Lake Water cocktail?

While a Lake Water cocktail can be enjoyed at any time, it is especially refreshing on a hot summer day.

What type of rum is best to use for a Lake Water cocktail?

A high-quality coconut flavored rum is recommended for the best taste.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Lake Water cocktail?

Yes, just replace the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic substitutes like coconut water and blue food coloring.

Does the Lake Water cocktail have any common variations?

Yes, some variations include using orange juice instead of pineapple juice or adding a splash of grenadine for a touch of sweet taste.

Is the Lake Water cocktail suitable for a crowd?

Absolutely! It's simple to make in large batches, making it a perfect choice for parties or gatherings.

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