Papa Smurf 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 Papa Smurf cocktail is a fun and fruity drink that was inspired by the beloved blue cartoon character. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy sweet, tropical flavors and is a hit at parties and social gatherings. The Papa Smurf cocktail is relatively new to the cocktail scene, but it has quickly gained popularity due to its unique flavor profile and vibrant blue color.

How Papa Smurf Tastes?

The Papa Smurf cocktail is a sweet and fruity concoction with a strong tropical flavor. The blue curacao gives it a citrusy edge, while the coconut rum adds a creamy, tropical twist. The pineapple juice adds a sweet, tangy flavor that balances out the strong alcohol content.

Interesting facts about Papa Smurf

  • The Papa Smurf cocktail is named after the wise and kind-hearted leader of the Smurfs, Papa Smurf.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity flavor, the Papa Smurf cocktail has a relatively high alcohol content.
  • The vibrant blue color of the Papa Smurf cocktail is achieved by using blue curacao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit.


Blue Curacao

  • Why: Provides the signature blue color and a sweet, orange-flavored twist.
  • Flavor: If omitted, you'll lose the citrus notes and vibrant color.
  • Substitutes: Try substituting with blueberry syrup and a bit of orange juice for color and flavor, but this will make the drink less alcoholic and change the taste profile.

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Coconut Rum

  • Why: Adds a tropical coconut flavor which is essential to the Papa Smurf's island vibe.
  • Flavor: Without it, you'd miss the coconut aroma and the balance it provides.
  • Substitutes: You could use plain white rum and a splash of coconut extract, but the flavor might be less nuanced.

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Pineapple Juice

  • Why: It's the sweet backbone of the drink, offering a fruity tanginess.
  • Flavor: Skipping it would leave the drink lacking in depth and fruity notes.
  • Substitutes: Mango juice could work; it would deliver a different type of tropical sweetness and a thicker mouthfeel.

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  • Why: Gives the cocktail a silky texture and mellows out the potent flavors.
  • Flavor: Removing it would make the cocktail sharper and less smooth.
  • Substitutes: Coconut milk could be a dairy-free alternative, adding more coconut flavor while keeping it creamy.

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Recipe. How to make Papa Smurf Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add blue curacao, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cream to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to properly mix the ingredients and achieve a frothy texture.
  • Serve the cocktail immediately after shaking to maintain its cold temperature and frothy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Tropical Fruit Platter: The sweet and tropical notes of pineapple and coconut in the Papa Smurf cocktail make it a perfect companion for a plate of tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and kiwi.
  • Spicy Appetizers: Try it with some spicy grilled shrimp or jalapeño poppers to contrast the sweet flavors of the drink with some heat.
  • Seafood: The cocktail's tropical vibe pairs well with seafood, particularly lighter fare like ceviche or grilled fish.
  • Dessert: The creamy texture and sweetness suggest pairing it with a light lemon sorbet or a blueberry cheesecake, to complement the flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of this sweet concoction.
  • Sparkling Water: For a refreshing non-alcoholic option that keeps the palate ready for more tropical goodness.
  • Light Beer: A crisp, light beer can balance the sweetness and creaminess of the Papa Smurf cocktail.

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What you could change in Papa Smurf

  • You can substitute the coconut rum with regular white rum for a less 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🍹

Green Gnome

  • Ingredients: Substitute blue curacao with green melon liqueur.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe with the substitution to create a unique melon-flavored twist.
  • Flavor: This twist removes the orange notes and introduces a fresh, melon taste, making it slightly more sweet.

Red Dwarf

  • Ingredients: Swap out blue curacao for strawberry liqueur.
  • Recipe: Use the same process but with the fruity and colorful strawberry substitute.
  • Flavor: Bright berry flavors with a red hue will dominate, transforming the tropical nature into a berry paradise.

Cozy Smurf

  • Ingredients: Add cinnamon syrup and use half-and-half instead of cream.
  • Recipe: Mix the additional cinnamon syrup with the other ingredients, and shake well.
  • Flavor: It will have a warming spice note with a richer mouthfeel, straying slightly from its tropical roots for a dessert-like experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Papa Smurf

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 Papa Smurf

Who created the Papa Smurf cocktail?

The exact origins of the Papa Smurf cocktail are unclear. As a contemporary drink, it likely evolved from the mixology trends emphasizing flavor, color, and novelty.

Is the Papa Smurf Cocktail considered a tiki drink?

The Papa Smurf Cocktail, with its tropical components and fruit garnishes, does indeed fit the criteria of a tiki cocktail despite it not being a part of the traditional tiki cocktail canon.

Can I use light cream instead of heavy cream in the Papa Smurf cocktail?

Yes, you can. It will give you a slightly less rich texture but should not impact the overall flavor.

What can I serve with the Papa Smurf cocktail?

Owing to its tropical flavor, the Papa Smurf cocktail pairs wonderfully with meals like grilled chicken, seafood dishes, or even tropical fruits and desserts.

Is there a specific glass type that's recommended for serving the Papa Smurf cocktail?

While the Papa Smurf cocktail can be served in any type of glass, it is traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass. Serving it in a tropical-themed tiki glass can also enhance its presentation.

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