Recipe: Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail | Recipe | Melbourne Cocktails

Ok, this is definitely not one for the cocktail snobs, but please hold your fire while the court hears my case.

The Blue Lagoon is a modern classic. Well, we think it’s modern, but not exactly sure how modern. No-one even seems to know when or where it was invented, much less who is responsible. Some credit the French Post-Impressionist painter, Paul Gauguin, while most blame the fluoro tinted 80’s.

For me the pull to the 80’s is so strong that I’ve got ‘Kokomo’ by the Beach Boys on loop in my head. It’s not even that it takes me to the Bahamas – it’s more like straight back to the movie ‘Cocktails’.

It’s all about what possessed me to dust off the bottle of blue curacao and the old recipe book ‘How to Toss a Cocktail’ by Tom Cruise that’s important. It turns out there’s a Blue Lagoon in Iceland, where Reyka Vodka is made!

The website for Iceland’s Blue Lagoon tells me this amazingly restorative place is one of the World’s 25 Natural Wonders, which is incredible because I thought there were only 7. I was so impressed; I just had to dedicate a cocktail to it.

So I gave it a go and it turns out this ocean inspired cocktail is actually almost as refreshing as the crisp arctic springs in Iceland; it just needed a twist on the classic. I mean that literally, as in a lime twist.


  • 45 ml Reyka Vodka
  • 15 ml VOK blue curacao liqueur
  • 5 ml sugar syrup
  • 5 ml squeeze of fresh lime
  • Daylesford Hepburn Springs Mineral Co Lemonade
  • Garnish: 2 x lime wedges & some creative flair


Add vodka, curacao, sugar syrup and lime juice to shaker over ice. Shake to chill. Strain into tall glass. Top with ice cubes and lemonade. Garnish.

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