Blue Martini

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Pool Party



Blue Martini with a lemon twist garnish

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 flavors and mesmerizing blue color, 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 martinis you will ever sip on while daydreaming about long walks on a Hawaiian beach.   

What makes it blue?

The Blue Martini drink gets its color 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 super simple, and they taste amazing. 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. You can use orange peel, fresh pineapple, or a maraschino cherry to garnish.  

We suggest you make your own batch of sour mix. To make a bottle combine a cup of sugar, a cup of water, a cup of lemon juice, and half a cup of 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.  



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 color.  


Always use freshly squeezed juice for cocktails. It makes all the difference.


For best juicing results, make sure the fruit is at room temperature.



1 Person

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

Blue curaçao
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Sour mix
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Fresh pineapple juice
Pineapple slice, orange peel or a cherry to garnish



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

Variations and alternatives on the Blue Martini

If blue is your favorite color, we’ve got a few blue martini drink recipes you can experiment with.   

  • Coconut Blue Martini: swap out the vodka for coconut-flavored rum and Campari. 
  • Elderflower Blue Martini: Add a dash of Elderflower liqueur for a slightly floral taste and to boost the tropical flavor. 
  • 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.
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There are loads of fun blue cocktails—from the classic winter Jack Frost cocktail to the Blue Lagoon and Blue Margarita.

Blue Curacao is the magic ingredient (or orange liqueur) that gives cocktails their bright blue color.