This blue lagoon mocktail is a 3 minute non-alcoholic drink that everyone will enjoy! The sweet & fruity flavor comes from fresh citrus and sweet blue curaçao syrup.
Who doesn’t love a lemonade based drink with some added island flavors? This drink is fantastic for a hot summer day or a themed party. Since there is no alcohol, it’s also a great one for all party goers no matter their age. Plus, it goes so well when paired with our grazing table and chocolate orange cake for dessert!
What is the taste of blue lagoon?
The flavor of this delicious drink is fruity and sweet with the perfect touch of lemon to make your lips pucker at first sip. It comes together with tart and sweet lemonade, blue curaçao syrup instead of liquor to keep it non-alcoholic and non-alcoholic vodka or non-alcoholic gin in our case. I also love using non-alcoholic rum like we do in our Roy Rogers Drink or virgin mojito mocktail.
But don’t worry, you can easily use club soda in place of the non-alcoholic booze. I realize that not everyone keeps them on hand but I will say, they give it a nice punch. You could even use a non-alcoholic Prosecco if you like it sweeter.
You can add a dash of simple syrup or Raspberry Simple Syrup (also great in our fresh raspberry mocktail) for that “fruity tingle” that grenadine can give in many cocktails. We’ve also shared some of our other favorite simple syrups below that you can include for switching up flavors a bit. Be sure to serve this up with our lemon mocktail and summer charcuterie board for the ultimate combo.
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When was the blue lagoon cocktail invented?
Some think this drink came about after the 1980’s movie titled Blue Lagoon but they would be wrong…
According to liquor.com: it is believed that the Blue Lagoon was created by Andy MacElhone, the son of famed bartender Harry MacElhone, at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1960s or early 1970s. So, the drink predates the 1980 movie of the same name.
Non-Alcoholic Blue Curaçao
According to The Kitchen Magpie, “It’s flavor comes from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit (which has been dried) and is grown on the island of Curaçao, hence the name. The blue color in this caribbean liqueur comes from blue food coloring which has been added to give it it’s distinctive coloring. It is similar to Triple Sec in that it is citrus flavored.” And if you need more on the difference between cocktail and mocktail, we have you covered.
Why is blue curaçao blue?
In the case of both blue curaçao liquor AND blue curaçao syrup like we use to keep this a mocktail, blue food dye is added to give it a distinct Island feel and color. Both are otherwise naturally clear.
Alcohol Free Gin
Finding a non-alcoholic gin can be tough but it’s not impossible. Like in our virgin margarita and mimosa mocktail, we added something a bit different to keep it booze free.
I really do love Caleno non-alcoholic gin because it is so clean and tastes great! I know that it isn’t as readily available so Ritual Gin is another one that works great.
What you need
- Non-Alcoholic Gin
- Blue Curaçao Syrup
- Lemonade (if you have extra, check out our lavender lemonade or blackberry lemonade)
- Fresh Lime
- Fresh Lemon Wedges
- Maraschino Cherries (these Luxardo from Italy are my favorite)
You can also use fresh lemon juice or lemon-lime soda instead of lemonade for this recipe.
How to make a blue lagoon mocktail
Step 1: Start by filling a chilled cup with ice then add 1 ounce of non-alcoholic gin
Pro Tip: Larger pieces of ice work better as they take longer to melt and won’t muddle the flavors of the drink
Step 2: Add 1 ounce of blue curaçao syrup
Step 3: Squeeze fresh lime into the cup
Step 4: Top with lemonade
Step 5: Give it all a stir
Step 6: Garnish with fresh lemon wedge and a maraschino cherry (these REAL ones from Italy are the best you will ever have)
Are alcohol-free drinks good for you?
Choosing to drink non-alcoholic drinks, mocktails, dry cocktails or whatever you want to call them definitely gives you a healthier alternative to drinking. While you do have more control without the effects of the alcohol, please keep in mind that they are sweeter drinks and sugar can still be present.
Let’s be honest though, sometimes it makes some of the best drinks like in the case of our gingerbread martini mocktail or even our non-alcoholic pina colada.
Plus, you can stay sober during the holidays while still enjoying a fantastic beverage! These amazing non-alcoholic drinks will help you do just that…
- Smoking Halloween mocktails
- Thanksgiving mocktails
- Christmas mocktails
- Valentines mocktails
- Mother’s Day mocktails
- 4th of July Drinks
- Summer mocktails
- non alcoholic mulled wine
Adding in more flavor…
While not traditional, you can also add a splash of these simple syrups to your blue lagoon mocktail drink recipe for a bit more sweetness, or in the case of our jalapeño simple syrup, a bit of spice!
- Blueberry Simple Syrup
- Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Strawberry Simple Syrup
- Peach Simple Syrup
- Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
- Orange Simple Syrup
- Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Jalapeno Simple Syrup
- Lavender Simple Syrup
- Rose Simple Syrup
How do you make a frozen blue lagoon?
I love this drink on the rocks but you can definitely make it frozen, especially if you will be poolside on a hot day. To make this a frozen version, simply blend all ingredients with a cup of ice cubes until completely blended.
How to make a large batch
To make a bigger batch for a crowd, simply 6-10X the easy recipe and make it in a pitcher. A long bar spoon bakes stirring easier but you can use anything.
These are our favorite mocktail making items.
Can you make these in advance?
I don’t recommend making an advance batch or the ice will melt and muddle the flavors. If you need to, don’t add the ice until right before serving.
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Blue Lagoon Mocktail (the BEST!)
- 1 oz blue curacao syrup
- 1 oz non-alcoholic gin (you can use non-alcoholic vodka as well)
- 4 oz lemonade
- 1 fresh lime
- fresh lemon for garnish
- maraschino cherries for garnish
- Start by filling a chilled cup with ice then add 1 ounce of non-alcoholic gin
- Add 1 ounce of blue curaçao syrup
- Squeeze fresh lime into the cup
- Pour the lemonade over top
- Give it all a stir
- Garnish with fresh lemon and maraschino cherries
I made this mocktail for a summer dinner party and it was a huge hit! All of my friends asked for the recipe. Thank you so much!
Farrukh Aziz says
This is such a refreshing beverage! I love the maraschino cherries, they are the perfect topping! Thank you for the recipe, Chandice!
Thank you Farrukh, so glad you loved it!
Not only is this delicious but and easy drink to make, looks sophisticated and enjoyed by everyone in the family.
Thanks Mikayla, I am glad you enjoyed it!
Happy hour is more exciting with this mocktail. It looks so refreshing and tastes so good
Yes, happy hour really is more fun with exciting beverages! Glad this one hit the mark for you. 🙂
We love to have “happy hour” at our house, and we love to have “mocktails” so everyone can participate, even our children. This recipe is perfect. It’s beautiful, and it tastes amazing, too.
Aww thanks Patti! So glad it worked for everyone during your happy hour!
This drink is just so pretty and I’m sure my friends will love it at our next get together!
OMG! I have been looking for a delicious non-alcoholic take on this cocktail that tastes like the real deal. As someone who enjoys an occasional alcoholic drink I can say, this is it! Thank you!!
Thanks Britt, that is a HUGE compliment! Thanks!!
This is really easy to make and tasted really delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Highly recommended! Will surely have this again!
Thanks Allyssa, I am so glad you loved it! 🙂
This blue color is so pretty!
This drink is amazing! I reminds me of one of our favorite vacations. Glad I found all the sources to make it myself.
Thanks Barb! So glad you love it, yes definitely vacation in a glass. 🙂