Inauguration Day Cocktails

Valerie Trevino

Inauguration Day is finally upon us, and it’s time to celebrate! Blue Christmas has turned into a blue January, and there’s no better way to ring in the next four years than with a festive display of cocktails for your small Inauguration Day gathering. The 21 and over crowd will definitely enjoy this compilation of heavenly bartending dream concoctions. Blue curaçao is the perfect ingredient for all of these cocktails and even your own creative mixtures. The artificial coloring doesn’t change the taste. Blue curaçao syrup is also non-alcoholic, so you can create some mocktails for the under-age crowd. There’s so much more you can do besides just blue jello shots, so take advantage of this special day and treat yourself! Every recipe below will be for a one drink serving size. Put your bartending skills to work and impress your friends with an array of fun and festive beverages.

Sex in the Driveway

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 2 ounces vodka (or white rum)
  • Sprite

Instructions:

  1. Put crushed ice in a highball glass
  2. Pour in the ingredients, in order, ending by topping it off with sprite
  3. Stir and serve with a straw
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel

Blue Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Optional: Salt for the rim
  • Garnish with lime wedge or an orange slice and a cherry

Instructions:

  1. Gather the ingredients
  2. If you like, rim a chilled margarita glass with salt
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  4. Shake well and pour everything into the prepared glass
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice and a cherry

Blue Lagoon

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce curaçao
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • Crushed ice

Instructions:

  1. Add the vodka and curaçao to a shaker with ice. Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
  2. Place the crushed ice in the glass. Pour the mixture over the ice
  3. Top with the lemonade

Royal Blue Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce citron vodka or vodka
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • Lime wedge
  • Coarse or granulated sugar
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with a lime wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curaçao, and lime juice; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao liqueur
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 pineapple slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions:

  1. Combine rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and 1 cup crushed ice into a blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass.
  2. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry