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Posts Tagged ‘Bols Blue’

Ally’s Cocktail: The Bluebird of Happiness

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 5, 2016

This past weekend, My good friends Ally and Dennis took the plunge into the unknown and got married. I was extremely happy for them, and was also quite honoured when they asked me to design signature cocktails for the reception and banquet. One cocktail for the bride, and one for the groom.

Bluebird of Happiness

Bluebird of Happiness

Ally is partial to vodka, and so for her cocktail I dove into W.J. Tarling’s, 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, and selected a serving of Tarling’s called Blue Bird. The recipe mixes Vodka, Cointreau, and Lemon Juice in a 2:1:1 ratio and then adds 3 dashes of Maraschino and 3 dashes of Blue Extract for colour.

For the wedding celebration, the recipe required only one tweak to make it easier to construct. I replaced the Cointreau and Blue Extract (food colouring) for Bols Blue (Triple Sec). Bols Blue has a very nice orange flavour which is quite similar to Cointreau however, it carries a lower alcohol content making it quite suitable for a large gathering where not everyone wants a full strength cocktail.

This is Allie’s Cocktail: I call it, the Bluebird of Happiness.

Bluebird of Happiness

1 1/2 oz  Vodka
3/4 oz  Bols Blue (Triple Sec)
3/4 oz  Lemon Juice
3 dashes (about 1/8 oz)  Luxardo Maraschino
Lemon Garnish

Add the first four Ingredients into a cocktail Shaker with ice
Shake until the sides frost
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with thin slice of lemon
Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


Note: I will be publishing Dennis’ cocktail in a few days.

You may follow these links for my published reviews of Bols Blue and Luxardo Maraschino.




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And Now for Something Different: Bols Blue

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 10, 2010

Last week I wrote about a Lucas Bols Event at the Devlin Lounge in Edmonton.  I alluded to a brand new cocktail I designed in honor of the 5th annual Bols Around The World Cocktail Competition. This competition is open to all bartenders across the world and although I am no bartender I could not resist breaking open my bottle of Bols Blue and try to get my creative juices flowing.  I started with a well-known Bols Recipe, Electric Lemonade. This is a vodka based drink which combines vodka with Bols Blue in a tall refreshing bar drink that I like very much.

I could not help thinking as I enjoyed it, that I would really like to substitute out the Vodka and replace it with a really good quality gin.  So I omitted the sugar syrup from the recipe, played with the proportion of Bols Blue to Gin, and tried varying amounts of each ingredient until I had it tasting just right.   Last night a few friends were over to watch a movie, and I gave my cocktail the final test.   (My friends claim to despise gin so it is fun to mix up a drink and prove them wrong.)

The verdict was unanimous as all of my friends loved this long sexy bar drink.  Thus my fully tested cocktail creation for the Bols 5th Annual Cocktail Competition is now revealed:

Big Blue Sexy

(please click on the link for the recipe)


Of course I could not resist providing a full review of the Bols Blue (Curacao) Liqueur that I received as a gift at the Bols Event.  Here is a link to the Bols Blue (Curacao) review:

Review: Bols Blue (Curacao)

I hope everyone enjoys the cocktail and the review!

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