December 12, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
- How do you make drinks blue without blue curaçao?
- 1. Blue Lagoon Mocktail
- 2. Blue Shoe Mocktail
- 3. Blue Hawaiian Mocktail
- 4. Simple Color-Changing Magic Lemonade (Blue Purple)
- 5. Blue Sparkler Mocktail
- 6. Blueberry Mocktail with Mint & Lime
- 7. Coconut Cream Blue Raspberry Slushie
- 8. Blueberry Mojito Mocktail
- 9. Blue Afternoon Highball Mocktail
- 10. Blue Raspberry Lemonade
- 11. Virgin Blue Margarita Mocktail
Looking for blue non-alcoholic drinks that bring the fun without the buzz? Step right up! The Mixer team has rounded up a line-up of indigo-hued sippers that come to the party with that unmistakable seaside holiday vibe, sans the alcohol, so you can get clinking whenever the mood strikes.
How do you make drinks blue without blue curaçao?
If you want to make drinks blue without using blue curaçao, there are several alternative methods. Here are a few fun options to try out at home:
Blue curaçao syrup. Typically, blue cocktails contain blue curaçao liqueur, a vibrant blue-colored liqueur with alcohol content that is often used in cocktails to add both color and flavor. The syrup, on the other hand, does not contain any alcohol and can be used in mocktails. So, when a recipe calls for blue non-alcoholic syrup for drinks, use this.
Blue raspberry syrup or liqueur. Look for blue raspberry-flavored syrups or liqueurs. These can add a vibrant blue color and a fruity flavor to your drinks. A liqueur might still contain some alcohol, so be on the lookout for that if you aim to make blue non-alcoholic drinks.
Blue butterfly pea flower tea. Blue butterfly pea flower tea is a natural way to add a blue hue to your drinks. The color changes based on the pH level, so you can experiment with adding citrus to see different shades of blue and purple.
Blueberry juice. Blueberry juice is another option that can provide a natural blue color. It might not be as intense as artificial colors, but it can still add a pleasing blue tint.
Spirulina. Spirulina is a natural blue-green algae that can be used to color drinks naturally. Be cautious with the amount, as too much can affect the taste.
Blue food coloring. If you have regular blue food coloring, you can use it sparingly to achieve the desired color. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Blue ice cubes. Freeze water with a few drops of blue food coloring to create blue ice cubes. As the ice melts, it will gradually add a blue tint to your drink.
Blue Jell-O. Make a blue-flavored gelatin (Jell-O) and cut it into cubes. Add these cubes to your drinks for both color and flavor.
When using these alternatives, start with a small amount and adjust to achieve the desired color without compromising the taste of your drink. Keep in mind that natural options may not be as vibrant as synthetic ones, so it might take some experimentation to find the perfect balance.
1. Blue Lagoon Mocktail
The Blue Lagoon cocktail is a vacation classic, and the mocktail version is just as festive. To make one, combine 2 oz fresh lemon juice, 1.5 oz blue curaçao syrup, and 8 – 10 oz lemon-lime soda in a tall glass over ice. Feeling fancy? Add a sugar rim and a lemon wedge to garnish. You can also make this into a slushie by blitzing the ingredients with a cup of ice.
2. Blue Shoe Mocktail
Non-alcoholic blue drinks are a fun addition to any party line-up, and this one is especially easy to make. This recipe is based on the Blue Shoe cocktail, which is made with blue curaçao, vodka, and lemon juice.
The mocktail version is made without any of the booze and uses a popular brand of blue raspberry lemonade drink mix to achieve the blue flavor. However, any blue-colored soda will do. To make a Blue Shoe Mocktail, add 3 oz of your blue drink to a Martini glass, followed by 2 oz white cranberry or white grape juice, and top it off with a splash of lemon-lime soda.
3. Blue Hawaiian Mocktail
The classic Blue Hawaiian is one of those drinks that pretty much instantly transports you to a sandy shore. To make the mocktail version, add a handful of ice, 1 oz blue curaçao syrup, 1 oz cream of coconut, 0.5 oz lemon juice, and 2.5 oz pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker, and shake until frosty. Strain into a glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a cherry and a wedge of pineapple.
4. Simple Color-Changing Magic Lemonade (Blue Purple)
Looking for a little magic? Who isn’t, right? This recipe is a little tricky, but the payoff is very much worth it. To make a batch of Simple Color-Changing Magic Lemonade that will serve 6, start by combining a handful of butterfly pea flowers and 1 cup boiling water and steeping it for around 5 minutes.
In a large jug, combine 1 cup of simple syrup, the steeped tea liquid, and two cups of water, along with a drop or two of lavender extract. Once cooled, pour into ice-filled serving glasses. Give each person a lemon half to squeeze into their drink, and watch it turn from blue to purple for a magical surprise.
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5. Blue Sparkler Mocktail
Keen to keep it super simple? Then this blue mocktail is the one for you. To make a Blue Sparkler, combine 2 oz blue fruit punch concentrate with 8 oz sparkling white grape juice. That’s it! You can add a slice of lemon and some mint as a garnish, or get a little silly and rim the serving glass with blue rimming sugar, or even some sprinkles…
6. Blueberry Mocktail with Mint & Lime
Blueberry cocktails are one of the most natural ways to get a splash of cerulean on your table without any food coloring in the mix. To make this refreshing Blueberry, Mint, and Lime Mocktail, muddle 10 blueberries and 5 mint leaves in a serving glass. Add 2 oz lime juice, add ice, top off with 8 oz sparkling water or kombucha, stir gently, and serve. If you want a little added sweetness, add 1 oz of honey syrup when you muddle the berries and mint.
7. Coconut Cream Blue Raspberry Slushie
Coconut cocktails are giving island-style vibes 100% of the time, and we are here for it. If you like your non-alcoholic blue drinks creamy and indulgent, this is the one for you. To make Coconut Cream Blue Raspberry Slushies to serve 4, combine half a cup of whipping cream, 2 cups of blue raspberry cooldrink mix, 4 cups of ice, 1 cup of lemon-lime sparkling water, and 1 teaspoon of coconut extract in a blender. Blitz until smooth, pour into serving glasses, top with whipped cream, and add some sprinkles and raspberries if you’re feeling extra. Much yum.
8. Blueberry Mojito Mocktail
If you love a Strawberry Mojito Mocktail, this blueberry-inspired version should definitely be next on your list. To make one, muddle 8 mint leaves with two tablespoons of blueberry simple syrup in your preferred serving glass. Add 2 oz fresh lime juice, fill the glass with ice, and top off the drink with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint and add a few fresh blueberries to the glass if preferred.
9. Blue Afternoon Highball Mocktail
A classic Highball is one of life’s simple pleasures, and this Blue Afternoon Highball Mocktail also tends to hit the spot when something tall and refreshing is called for. To a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice, 6 oz coconut water, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 0.5 oz agave syrup, and one or two drops of blue food coloring. Shake to chill, strain into a highball glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a lemon wheel.
10. Blue Raspberry Lemonade
Raspberry cocktails are just so effortlessly pretty, don’t you think? Something about the flavor just screams ‘summer!’. To make a batch of Blue Raspberry Lemonade, add half a cup of simple syrup, half a cup of lemon juice, 1.5 cups of cold water, and 3 tablespoons of blue raspberry syrup to a pitcher with two cups of fresh ice. That’s it! Garnish with mint when serving for an extra pop of freshness.
11. Virgin Blue Margarita Mocktail
The Blue Margarita is a resort-style stalwart, and this Virgin Blue Margarita Mocktail gives the same tropical energy without any booze in the mix. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz orange simple syrup, 0.25 oz agave syrup, 1 oz lime juice, and two drops of blue food coloring with ice. Shake until frosty, strain into a glass with a salted rim, add a lemon wheel, and enjoy.
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