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Blue Lagoon: the cocktail

Never heard of a Blue Lagoon cocktail? You’re not alone. For those readers who were tweens or teens in 1980, those two words together will most likely conjure images of Blue Lagoon, the movie, in which a ship-wrecked Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins get hot and heavy beside a very blue lagoon.

Remember this movie? Evidently it inspired a tropical cocktail of the same name.

Remember this movie? Evidently it inspired a cocktail of the same name.

Evidently, this cheesy 80s island love story inspired a tropical 80s cocktail of the same name, the Blue Lagoon. It’s a member of the cocktail genre I call “blue cocktails,” that includes the Blue Hawaiian, the Blue Margarita and the Blue Monday. All of these drinks are coloured blue by Blue Curacao, which is actually an orange-flavoured liqueur that’s been dyed blue. (When cocktails veered toward sweet and fruity in the 70s and 80s, blue curaçao showed up for the party.)

I’ve been hearing for a while that 80s cocktails are making a comeback. Bartenders are taking Amaretto sours and pina coladas and margaritas and making them better (usually that means less sweet, and with fresh juices or housemade syrups instead of sour mix). This is a good thing. But I kind of thought blue drinks would be overlooked because of their neon colour. So, when I saw that the Bourbon Room was featuring not only an 80s selection but a blue cocktail on said menu, I couldn’t resist.

So. Very. Pretty.

Blue Lagoon cocktail at the Bourbon Room. So. Very. Pretty.

Bartender Fern Zevnik has taken some liberties with the Blue Lagoon (using bourbon instead of vodka, for one), but the result is something that’s balanced, delicious and beautifully blue. Go ahead and dive in!

Blue Lagoon

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 1 oz Giffard Blue Curacao
  • 3/4 oz housemade mead syrup (or use honey simple syrup)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

— Recipe courtesy Fern Zevnik

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Drink of the Week: Blue Waterfall (Cascade Azul)

When I was a kid on vacation with my parents, my favourite thing to do at dinner was page through the cocktails menu and look at all the fancy drinks. For some reason, back in the late 70s and early 80s the menus always featured photos of the drink in question. I found the pink, yellow and blue drinks beautiful and fascinating — what did they taste like, I wondered.

There was typically only one blue drink, the Blue Hawaiian, tempting because of its colour and name. So, imagine my excitement when our all-inclusive resort in Mexico featured not one but two blue drinks on the menu! Of course, I had to try them. First, the Blue Tequilini (basically a blue margarita), and then a Blue Waterfall.

It doesn't really matter what's in it as long as it's blue, thirst-quenching and served at the swimup bar.

The drink, basically a vodka lemonade with a splash of blue curacao (an orange liqueur turned blue thanks to food colouring), isn’t amazing. But it’s refreshing, sweet and most importantly, it’s blue. And nothing says “I’m on holidays somewhere warm with palm trees” quite like a blue cocktail.

Blue Waterfall

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 0z simple syrup*
  • Top with soda water

Build the drink over ice in a hurricane glass, stir, garnish with a lime wedge and serve with a straw. *To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water and heat until sugar is dissolved, then cool and refrigerate.

— Recipe courtesy Sunscape Dorado Pacifico, Ixtapa