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Cocktail Hour: The Deep Blue Good-bye

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 26, 2016

Deep Blue SAM_2535The Deep Blue Good-bye is the first of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series written by American author John D. MacDonald. All of these novels have unusual names usually with a colour based theme, and when I began to make my own cocktail recipes I concluded that most of those catchy titles would also serve as great names for bar drinks. So I decided to create a series of Tequila based cocktails based upon those Travis McGee titles.  I began with the Deep Blue Good-bye.

This is a tall serving meant for hot days when refreshment and thirst quenching is as much the order of the day as is enjoying a fine mixed drink. The theme of the drink is whimsical cloud free skies and blue ocean waters (rather different from the theme of the John D. MacDonald novel of the same name which is decidely darker).

If you study the construction my serving, it is basically a Picador (or lemon based Margarita) lengthened with soda. Bols Blue (an blue orange liqueur) is used rather than Orange Curacao in order to give the serving a ocean blue colour. I wouldn’t use my best tequila to make this particular tall drink; but when I used Corralejo Reposado, I did not even feel a twinge of guilt when I also added a drop of blue food colouring to get the colour just right.

Deep Blue Good-bye

1 1/2 oz Corralejo Reposado
1/2 oz Bols Blue (Curacao)
3/4 oz Lemon juice
1 tsp Agave Syrup
Ice (4-5 Large Ice-Cubes)

Soda (Club Soda, Sprite or 7-Up)

Fill a long Collins glass with ice
Add the Tequila, Bols Blue, and Lemon Juice
Stir and complete with lemon-lime soda

Please enjoy the spirits and cocktails I recommend responsibly, it is my intention to help you drink better spirits and cocktails, not to help you drink more spirits and cocktails!

Note: My review of Corralejo Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow.


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