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Our chosen cocktail theme this month in case you hadn’t already guessed is blue! We have chosen and tested a selection of recipes all featuring one particular liqueur which is often misunderstood – Blue Curaçao.

Often thought of as just to add colour rather than enhancing the flavour or alcoholic content to a cocktail, Blue Curaçao is an extremely versatile liqueur which we would recommend as an essential component for your home cocktail ingredients selection.

Curaçao liqueurs are traditionally made from the dried peels of the small bitter curaçao orange – named after the Dutch island of Curaçao in the Caribbean. As the island of Curaçao was formerly a Dutch colony, it supplied fruit to the liqueur makers of Holland. Now Curaçao liqueurs are also produced from bitter oranges of other origins and can be clear, blue, or orange. The colours are purely decorative, but the bitter orange flavours are very similar.

De Kuyper Blue Curaçao is a vibrant electric blue with pronounced citrus aromas reminiscent of orange and lime marmalade although its fragrant bitter orange flavours have a balanced sweetness. Even though it is rarely consumed neat or over ice – De Kuyper Blue Curaçao is the essential ingredient for many eye catching cocktail recipes. Have a look at the cocktail ideas we have selected this month and see what you think.

Bikini Martini

Bikini MartiniThis is simple cocktail recipe with De Kuyper Blue Curaçao, premium gin and Peach schnapps mixed with ice. Vivid blue in colour with pronounced orange flavours and a hint of peach. Delicious!

Blue Lagoon

Blue LagoonA classic which regularly appears in our Top Ten most popular cocktail ideas. There are so many variations on this recipe – some include gin, others don’t. In-the-spirit’s version of this classic – includes De Kuyper Blue Curaçao, and vodka topped up with lemonade. This produces a striking blue cocktail which is just perfect to blow away those Autumn cobwebs!

Blue Tequila

Blue TequilaRarely found in layered cocktail recipes, this spicy little cocktail number is made from a layer of De Kuyper Blue Curaçao followed by a layer of tequila. Simply sensational to look at – and pretty good to drink too!

Into the Blue

Into the BlueA bitter sweet collection of fruity flavours. De Kuyper Blue Curaçao and grapefruit juice are blended with White Rum for an exotic tropical flavour. To make it an even longer, lighter drink – top up with soda or lemonade.

Ritz Fizz

Ritz FizzCouldn’t resist including this sparkling cocktail recipe! An exquisite combination of Disaronno Amaretto, De Kuyper Blue Curaçao, freshly squeezed lime juice topped up with champagne. Watch the mix of Disaronno Amaretto and De Kuyper Blue Curaçao transform into hues of turquoise green – an elegant cocktail to serve for that special occasion.

Whisky & Blue

Whisky & BlueThis is an impressive cocktail yet effortless to make - using Grants Family Reserve blended whisky and De Kuyper Blue Curaçao plus a quarter shot of freshly squeezed lime juice. The maltiness of the whisky is enhanced by the citrus essences of the Blue Curaçao and the lime juice for the perfect contrast.

We hope you enjoy trying our “Cocktail Blues” ideas but please remember to enjoy all cocktail recipes recommended by in-the-spirit in moderation.

 
   
 

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