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Blue Lagoon Cocktail Recipe

The Blue Lagoon cocktail is one of my favorite summer drinks.

Between the bright color and refreshing tropical taste, it’s the perfect poolside sipper.

Though I’ve used it to break the winter blues more than once!

Icy Blue Lagoon Cocktails in highball glasses with yellow striped straws
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It’s easy to make, too.

Just mix vodka, blue curaçao, and lemonade and you’ll have a sweetly tart and delightfully citrusy cocktail ready in no time. 

The Blue Lagoon cocktail is stunningly gorgeous and sure to turn heads.

What’s in A Blue Lagoon Cocktail? 

As good as this fun blue cocktail looks, it’s a super simple recipe.

You’ll find more details at the bottom of the post. For now, here are the ingredients you’ll need: 

  • Vodka: Choose a neutral, mid-top shelf bottle, like Smirnoff or Tito’s. 
  • Blue Curaçao: This gives the drink its signature color and delightful orange flavor. If you don’t have blue curaçao, substitute triple sec.  
  • Lemonade: I prefer homemade lemonade because it lets me control the flavor, but feel free to use store-bought. 

You’ll also need ice, a cocktail shaker, a lemon wheel, and a maraschino cherry. A cutesy umbrella never hurts, either. 

What is Blue Curacao? 

Blue curaçao is a type of blue-colored citrus liqueur. It’s artificially colored but naturally flavored with the Laraha orange peel. 

The Laraha orange is native to the island of Curaçao, where the drink was made. 

Curaçao has a distinctly orange citrus taste but comes in many colors. Blue and clear are the two people use most often. 

And if you’re wondering how to pronounce it, it’s cure-uh-sow.

For more blue curaçao drinks, check out my article, “10 Blue Curacao Drinks.”

Three Glasses of ice-filled Blue Lagoon Cocktails with yellow-striped straws and  lemon slices

How to Make a Blue Lagoon Cocktail 

Like all good 3-ingredient cocktails, this recipe comes together in a flash.

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Follow these steps to make the perfect Blue Lagoon cocktail: 

1. Shake. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and the drink ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds or until chilled. 

2. Strain the cocktail into a cold highball glass. 

3. Garnish and serve. Add a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry, if desired. Then, serve and enjoy! 

A glass of refreshing and ice-cold Blue Lagoon Cocktail with lemon wheel slices, and fresh mint

Recipe Variations 

In the mood to mix things up a bit? Try one of these Blue Lagoon variations: 

  • Make it fruitier. Add an ounce or two of 100% pineapple juice for a fruitier, more tropical flavor.
  • Be generous with the garnishes. A lemon wheel and maraschino cherry are typical for the Blue Lagoon. But you don’t have to stop there! Add an orange slice, a chunk of pineapple, or whatever else you like.
  • Swap the vodka for rum. As much as I enjoy this recipe, as written, I’m a sucker for rum. Coconut rum or white rum are my top choices. 
  • Top with Sprite. It’ll mellow out the alcohol and make it nice and bubbles.
  • Serve it slushy. Instead of a shaker, toss all the ingredients into a blender. Add plenty of ice, then blitz until it’s slush.
  • No lemonade? No problem. Substitute one ounce each of freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup instead. 
  • Need a mocktail version? Leave out the alcohol and mix blue Gatorade and lemonade. You can also find non-alcoholic blue curaçao syrup. If you have that, it’ll taste more like the original than Gatorade. 

Finally, do you want to make many Blue Lagoon cocktails for a party? No problem! Here’s how:

  1. Combine 8 ounces of vodka with 8 ounces of blue curaçao.
  2. Add 64 ounces of lemonade.
  3. Mix well, and keep in the fridge until serving.
  4. Add plenty of ice to a punchbowl and serve with lemon wheels and colorful straws. 

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Blue Lagoon

Course: DrinksCuisine: French


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The Blue Lagoon cocktail is one of my favorite summer drinks. Between the bright color and refreshing tropical taste, it’s the perfect poolside sipper.


  • 1 ounce vodka

  • 1 ounce blue curaçao

  • 5 ounces lemonade

  • ice

  • lemon wheel and maraschino cherry, for garnish


  • Fill a highball glass with ice water. Set aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the vodka, blue curaçao, and lemonade. Shake well until chilled, about 20-30 seconds.
  • Pour the ice water out of the glass and fill it with fresh ice. Then, strain the drink over the ice.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and a maraschino cherry.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Choose good quality vodka (Tito’s) and blue curaçao for the best flavor.
Blue Lagoon Cocktail Recipe

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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