The Blue Christmas

1 Jan

The Blue Christmas

The twelve cocktails of Christmas
#12: The Blue Christmas

All things must pass – the holiday season, our friends’ visit, the twelve cocktails of Christmas – and it seems fitting to wrap it all up with a Blue Christmas cocktail.

This drink looks amazing – the blue liquid with the red cherry is striking – and I hope that cheers you up if you are feeling blue as the holiday season comes to an end. Blue curaçao is a sweet citrus flavour so it is all about balancing this out with lemon juice to suit your tastes, flavouring the gin with sweet and sour in classic cocktail fashion.

  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml blue curaçao
  • maraschino cherry
  1. Place a maraschino cherry in the bottom of a martini glass.
  2. Combine the gin, lemon juice and blue curaçao in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain the mixture into the martini glass and serve.


2 Responses to “The Blue Christmas”

  1. Anonymous January 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    I love the idea of a blue cocktail. It reminds me of Julia Child’s rediscovering a collection of her husband Paul’s cocktails, especially Buddha’s Eye, an emerald green invention.

    I’m sending off my cookbook to you in the next several days. Our favorite Christmas drink is called a Tom & Jerry [the recipe is in the book]. This libation was passed down from my father who got it from Clinton Duffy, the warden of San Quentin prison in San Francisco Bay; it was needed to ward off the deep chill of winter that year. My father was sent to San Quentin in 1936, before the Bay Bridge was built; you could only reach it by ferry. Papa was interviewing inmates to see what useful skills they could employ once they were released from prison.

    • Andrea January 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

      Great story! I look forward to trying the Tom and Jerry when the cookbook arrives…

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