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Alcohol %:10

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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 Windex cocktail, despite its name, is a delightful and refreshing drink that has nothing to do with the cleaning product. It's a relatively modern cocktail, gaining popularity in the late 20th century for its vibrant blue color and sweet, tropical taste. It's a hit at parties and social gatherings, especially during the summer. The cocktail is often enjoyed by those who appreciate sweet, fruity flavors and a visually appealing drink.

How Windex Tastes?

The Windex cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and slightly tart cocktail. It has a tropical taste, with a strong blue curacao flavor, balanced by the tartness of the lemon-lime soda and the sweetness of the peach schnapps.

Interesting facts about Windex

  • Despite its name, the Windex cocktail is not made with any cleaning products.
  • The cocktail gets its name from its vibrant blue color, which is similar to the color of Windex cleaning product.
  • The Windex cocktail is often served in a highball glass, garnished with a slice of lemon or lime.


Blue Curacao

The radiant blue of Blue Curacao not only gives the drink its signature 'Windex' color but also adds a subtle hint of citrus from the Laraha fruit, which is a bitter orange native to Curaçao island. Without it, you lose the vibrant color and citrus notes. An alternative could be blue raspberry syrup mixed with a bit of orange liqueur, though the flavor will be slightly sweeter.

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Peach Schnapps

Peach Schnapps injects a sweet, fruity flavor that contrasts delightfully with the tartness of the Blue Curacao. Cutting it back might make the shot less sweet and more sharply citrus, while more could overpower the delicate balance. Without it, you’d miss out on the fuzzy peach kick. No Peach Schnapps? Try using apricot brandy for a similar stone fruit vibe.

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Lemon-Lime Soda

This bubbly component lightens the mix and adds a bit more citrus zing and sweetness, complementing the other flavors nicely. The effervescence also provides a pleasant textural contrast. Leave it out, and the shot might be a bit dense, and less refreshing. If you’re out of lemon-lime soda, a splash of club soda and a squeeze of fresh lemon and lime could do the trick, but it’ll be less sweet.

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Ice chills the shot to perfection, making it more enjoyable and smoothing the flavors together. Without ice, the shot might taste too strong and not as refreshing. If you're using a shaker, it also adds dilution which is key for the balance.

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Lemon or Lime Slice

A garnish that's not just eye candy; the lemon or lime slice provides a fresh aroma and a tangy kick if you give it a squeeze over the shot before drinking. Plus, it adds to the fun presentation. Without it, you miss an extra layer of citrus zing. Switch it up with an orange slice for a milder citrus note.

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Recipe. How to make Windex Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1 oz of blue curacao over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of peach schnapps.
  4. Top with 2 oz of lemon-lime soda.
  5. Stir gently to mix.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to stir gently after adding the lemon-lime soda to avoid losing the fizz.
  • Use fresh ice to ensure the cocktail stays cold for longer.
  • Use a fresh slice of lemon or lime for garnish to add a burst of citrus flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi - The fruity notes of the shot complement the delicate flavors of sushi, especially varieties with a touch of sweetness like unagi.
  • Grilled Shrimp - The citrus in the shot pairs nicely with seafood, light chargrilled flavors will contrast well with the sweet and sour elements.
  • Fruit Salad - A fresh fruit salad with melons, berries, and citrus fruits echoes the sweet and zesty profile of the Windex shot.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled Water - To cleanse the palate between each shot.
  • Iced Tea - The tannins in the tea can provide a nice balance to the sweetness of the shot.
  • Bright, Citrusy Craft Beers - A good IPA with citrus notes can complement the fruitiness of the shot.

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What you could change in Windex

  • Blue Curacao: You can substitute with any other blue liqueur, such as Hpnotiq.
  • Peach Schnapps: You can substitute with any other peach-flavored liqueur or peach juice.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: You can substitute with any other citrus-flavored soda, or a mix of lemon and lime juice.

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And of course - twists🍹

Twist 1: Tropical Windex

  • Swap out lemon-lime soda for coconut water
  • Add a dash of pineapple juice
  • Garnish with a small piece of pineapple By substituting coconut water, you get a more tropical and less sweet version. The pineapple juice enhances this tropical vibe, while pineapple garnish gives a little island flair.

Twist 2: Berry Blue Windex

  • Use berry-flavored soda instead of lemon-lime
  • Add a few drops of raspberry liqueur
  • Garnish with fresh berries This twist will give a berry burst to your taste buds, while the fresh garnish adds a summery freshness to the drink.

Twist 3: Sour Apple Windex

  • Replace peach schnapps with sour apple schnapps
  • Use a splash of apple juice instead of lemon-lime soda
  • Garnish with a thin apple slice You'll get a tart, apple-infused shot with a crispness that rivals the original's sweetness, for those who prefer a sour edge to their drinks.

In case you forgot basics how to make Windex

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 Windex

What kind of event is the Windex cocktail suitable for?

The Windex cocktail with its vibrant color and sweet, fruity flavor, is an excellent choice for summer parties and social gatherings. Its appealing look makes it a hit at pool parties, beach parties and tropical-themed events.

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

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Windex cocktail. Substitute the blue curacao and peach schnapps with blue food coloring and peach juice respectively. Use a non-alcoholic lemon-lime soda for the mixer.

What kind of food pairs well with the Windex cocktail?

Because of its sweet and fruity flavor, the Windex cocktail pairs well with spicy foods, grilled meats, or fresh seafood. It can also be served alongside tropical-themed appetizers or a fruit platter.

Can I serve the Windex cocktail on the rocks?

Yes, the Windex cocktail can also be served on the rocks in a lowball glass or an old-fashioned glass for a different presentation.

What is the alcohol content of the Windex cocktail?

The alcohol content of the Windex cocktail can vary depending on the brand of blue curacao and peach schnapps used. However, it's typically around 10-20% ABV.

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