Mermaid Blue 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 Mermaid Blue cocktail is a relatively modern creation, inspired by the enchanting colors of the ocean and the mythical allure of mermaids. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a vibrant, visually captivating drink with a tropical twist.

  • Origin: While the exact origin is unknown, it's a product of the craft cocktail movement.
  • Popularity: It gained popularity in beachside bars and tropical resorts.
  • Fans: Ideal for those who love a balance of sweet and tart flavors, with a kick of vodka.

How Mermaid Blue Tastes?

The Mermaid Blue cocktail offers a refreshing, citrusy taste with a sweet and slightly spicy undercurrent from the ginger beer. The vodka provides a smooth, strong backbone, while the blue curacao imparts a sweet orange flavor and the signature blue hue.

Interesting facts about Mermaid Blue

  • Color: The vibrant blue color is reminiscent of tropical seas.
  • Versatility: Can be served on the rocks or blended for a frozen treat.
  • Garnish: Often garnished with a slice of lime or a cherry to enhance its visual appeal.


A few good options for Mermaid Blue are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Mermaid Blue are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The 2 oz of vodka are the soul of the cocktail, giving it that kick without overpowering the other flavors. Too much vodka, and you might as well be on a pirate ship, not watching mermaids, while too little, and the mermaids won't even notice you! If vodka isn't your thing, try a light rum—it'll bring a tropical twist.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice

1 oz of lime juice is the zesty splash of vitamin sea! It brightens the drink and balances the sweetness. Without it, the cocktail could become a one-dimensional Blue Lagoon. A swap? Try lemon juice for a lemony edge, but don't expect the mermaids to sing the same tune!

Alex Green

Ginger Beer

Just 0.5 oz of ginger beer, because we're adding some spice to the mermaid's tale. It also adds effervescence and complexity. Leaving it out? Prepare for a flatter sea of flavor. Swap it with ginger ale for a milder wave of spice.

Emma Rose

Blue Curacao

1 oz of blue curacao is the ocean in which the mermaid swims—a dash of citrus and a hue of the deep blue sea. Without it, you're just looking at a cloudy day at the beach. No blue curacao? Try blueberry syrup with a bit of orange liqueur, but remember, you're painting the ocean, not making a berry patch.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Mermaid Blue Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of vodka, 1 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of ginger beer, and 1 oz of blue curacao over the ice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail colder for longer.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Balance: Adjust the ginger beer to your taste; some like it with a bit more for a spicier kick.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi and Seafood: The crisp and citrusy profile of the Mermaid Blue cocktail complements the delicate flavors of sushi and seafood beautifully.
  • Fried Appetizers: The zesty lime cuts through the grease, making it a great accompaniment to fried calamari or tempura.
  • Fresh Salads: The ginger beer's slight spiciness adds a nice contrast to the fresh flavors of a garden salad.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To keep the palate cleansed between sips.
  • Light White Wines: For those who prefer to alternate with something less intense.

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What you could change in Mermaid Blue

  • Vodka: Use a citrus-flavored vodka for an extra zesty kick.
  • Ginger Beer: If unavailable, ginger ale can be a milder substitute.
  • Blue Curacao: A non-alcoholic blue syrup can be used for a mocktail version.

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And of course - twists🍹

Mermaid's Garden

  • Add muddled cucumber and mint to the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • The cucumber provides a refreshing garden twist, while the mint adds a cooling sensation.
  • This version is for those who like their ocean adventure with a hint of a summer breeze.

Tropical Mermaid

  • Swap out the regular vodka for coconut flavored vodka.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice to amplify the tropical vibes.
  • This twist is for those who prefer sunbathing on a mermaid's cove with a coconut in hand.

Fiery Siren

  • Muddle some jalapeño in the shaker first, for a spicy kick.
  • Use ginger syrup instead of ginger beer to control the sweetness and spice level.
  • This version is for those who enjoy a spicier sea, where the mermaids are fierce and the waters blaze.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mermaid Blue

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 Mermaid Blue

Can I prepare the Mermaid Blue cocktail ahead of time for a party?

It's best to mix the ingredients fresh to maintain the vibrant color and effervescence from the ginger beer. However, you can pre-measure the ingredients and keep them chilled for quick assembly.

What type of glass is best for serving the Mermaid Blue cocktail?

A highball glass is commonly used, but you can also serve it in a martini glass to showcase its color and make it more elegant for special occasions.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Mermaid Blue cocktail?

Replace the vodka with additional ginger beer or a clear soda, and use a non-alcoholic blue syrup instead of blue curacao.

Is there a specific technique to get the best flavor when shaking the cocktail?

Shake the cocktail vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to properly dilute and chill the mixture, which helps round out the flavors.

What food pairs well with the Mermaid Blue cocktail?

Light appetizers like seafood dishes or tropical fruit platters complement this cocktail's refreshing and citrusy flavors.

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