Blue curacao is a liqueur best known for its brilliant blue hue. Its flavor comes from the dried peel of the bitter orange and nicely complements a wide variety of spirits. This is one of the reasons why it works so well in martini recipes. There are a lot of cocktails that use this wonderfully blue spirit, but because we love martinis, we’ve collected 12 of our favorite blue martini treasures.
1. Seven Seas Martini
By Food Fanatic
When we’re in the mood for a cocktail that just feels like summer, this Seven Seas Martini by Food Fanatic is on our go-to list. This cocktail is a nice step away from what you typically find in blue curacao drinks and mixes the beautiful blue liqueur with amaretto, Malibu rum for a touch of coconut flavor, and pineapple juice. Garnish with a thin slice of pineapple and imagine floating away to your own private island.
2. Blue Heaven Martini
Between the beautiful blue color of this martini and the heavenly taste, we have to agree that this cocktail is aptly named. Blue curacao partners with vodka, and elderflower liqueur in the elegant yet vibrant martini cocktail. Keep some maraschino cherries on hand to garnish this heavenly beauty.
3. Sapphire Martini
Sapphires are gorgeous gems, but this blue martini easily stands up to them (okay, maybe not quite, but you get the picture). Bombay Sapphire gin is combined with blue curacao and dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. You can get a little creative when it comes to the garnish for this. A cherry looks nice in the glass, but a nice orange or lemon twist also looks great and adds a hint of citrus flavor.
4. Blue Lagoon Martini
The Blue Lagoon Martini is a classic that has undergone a few recipe variations along the way, also sometimes referred to as a Blue Lagoon cocktail. This martini recipe from Bevvy is perfect for our tastes, with nothing but vodka, blue curacao, lemon juice, and simple syrup. It just goes to show that you don’t need to go over the top to create a beautiful, delicious cocktail.
5. Curacao Martini
The Curacao Martini is one of the best blue martinis to enjoy year-round. Where other similar recipes lean heavily toward tropical flavors, this one is strong on sweet orange, which makes it enjoyable not only during the summer but also around the winter holidays, where sweet and spicy orange flavor rules.
The secret to this gin martini recipe is freshly squeezed juice from clementine oranges and blood-orange bitters. Shake over crushed ice and pour into a chilled martini glass. Just perfect.
6. Red, White, and Blue Martini
This layered martini cocktail is perfect for an Independence Day celebration, or really anytime you’re feeling patriotic. There’s a bit of an art to creating the layers, but you’ll feel like a professional mixologist once you have it mastered. Vodka and sprite make the main layer, followed by an artfully poured layer of blue curaçao, then a cherry with grenadine drizzled down the center. Don’t worry. This recipe comes with garnish instructions to make it super easy.
7. Low Carb Blue Martini
When you’re enjoying the low-carb life, it’s kind of a drag always to be checking out the nutrition information on everything, especially something that’s supposed to be fun – like cocktails! This is a powerful martini with the combination of vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, blue curaçao, and ice in your favorite cocktail shaker.
The nutrition facts on this cocktail recipe from Tasty Low Carb say it only has 6 grams of net carbs, so drink up!
8. Blue Eyed Martini
Sinatra isn’t the only old blue eyes anymore, especially when this cocktail comes to the party. This is another blue martini recipe that offers a double punch of vodka and gin, along with blue curaçao and Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth. This is a far cry from your standard gin or vodka martini, and the blue hue is beyond memorable.
9. Mai Kai Martini
By Food Network
If you enjoy tropical drinks, you’re going to love the taste of this Mai Kai Martini. This martini recipe calls for coconut water or coconut rum, but why not use both? Combine them with vodka, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, and a splash of dry vermouth for a tasty drink. The recipe doesn’t call for it, but this one would be nice if you rim the martini glass with simple syrup or lime juice and then dip finely shredded coconut to serve.
10. Snowflake Martini
We love a martini recipe that transcends the seasons, just like this Snowflake Martini from 3 Yummy Tummies. This cocktail offers tropical flavors, but the addition of coconut cream and a nice thick rim of coconut makes it extra creamy with an almost wintry feel to it. We say fill up your martini glass any time of year and enjoy.
11. Sea Blue Martini
This gorgeous vodka martini offers a hue that will remind you of the sea, with a taste that will linger as long as the smile it puts on your lips. The recipe is simple. All you need is Absolut Citron vodka, blue curaçao, lemonade, and sprite or another lemon-lime soda. Shake over ice for a perfectly chilled martini. We think this one looks beautiful with a nice long twist of lemon hanging off the rim of the glass.
12. Bikini Martini
This is one type of bikini that you can enjoy while sitting out in the sun or snuggling up on your sofa at the end of a long week. Wherever you are in the real world, your imagination will instantly transport you to a tropical paradise. Combine dry gin, blue curacao, and peach schnapps over ice. Give it a nice shake and strain into your favorite chilled martini glass for an instant tropical vacation.
Bust Out the Blues for Your Next Cocktail Party
There’s everything to love about a martini recipe that looks at wonderful as it tastes, and these beautiful blue gems are all standouts in our book. Mix one up, sit back, and enjoy the bright flavor of blue curacao in these beautiful martinis.