If you can’t go on vacation, do the next best thing! Bring vacay-vibes home and shake up a Blue Martini for your friends. With its slightly sour tropical flavours and mesmerising blue colour, you can pretend you’re lying on the beach, staring at the ocean (while you’re staring into your Blue Martini drink). It’s one of the best summertime vodka martinis you will ever sip on.
If you want to make a blue mocktail, get a bottle of blue curaçao syrup. It contains no alcohol but will still give your mocktail a fun blue colour.
Always use freshly squeezed juice for cocktails. It makes all the difference.
For best juicing results, make sure the fruit is at room temperature.
Add ice to a cocktail shaker
Pour in the vodka, blue curaçao, sour mix, and pineapple juice
Shake until icy cold (about 30 seconds)
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with pineapple, orange peel, or a cherry
What makes it blue?
The Blue Martini drink gets its colour from blue curaçao (pronounced cure-us-ow). This orange liqueur is the oldest of its kind. It is infused with the dried peel of laraha, a bitter-tasting orange local to the Caribbean Island of Curaçao. Taste-wise, curaçao is slightly sweet with a subtle bitter aftertaste.
How to make a Blue Martini cocktail
Making these martinis with blue curaçao is simple and tastes fantastic. Slightly sour with strong tropical notes, they’re easy party drinks that your friends will love. To make the best Blue Martini recipe, you’ll need a good quality vodka, blue curaçao, sour mix, and fresh pineapple juice. To garnish, you can use orange peel, fresh pineapple, or a maraschino cherry.
We suggest you make your own batch of sour mix. To make a bottle, combine 236ml sugar, 236ml water and 236 lemon juice with 120 ml lime juice in a saucepan on the stove. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, wait for it to cool down, and decant it into a bottle. You can store your homemade sour mix in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and you’ll know it’s time to throw it out when the mixture turns cloudy.
Variations and alternatives on the Blue Martini
If blue is your favourite colour, we’ve got a few blue martini drink recipes you can experiment with.
- Coconut Blue Martini: swap out the vodka for coconut-flavoured rum and Campari.
- Elderflower Blue Martini: Add a dash of Elderflower liqueur for a slightly floral taste and to boost the tropical flavour.
- Blue Gin Martini: Swap out the vodka for Bulldog Gin and Cinzano Rosso and garnish with blueberries.
- Blue Eyed Martini: Shake together Bulldog Gin, SKYY Vodka, blue curaçao, Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth, and ice.