Feeling blue on this #ThirstyThursday? Now you can sip nearly every shade – from azure and Tiffany to sapphire and turquoise. These eight cobalt cocktails will help chase your blues away.
Oceanaire 2.0 at Oceanaire, Washington, D.C.
Indulge in a taste of the tropics. A heady mixture of white rum, banana syrup, lime juice, and ginger liqueur takes on a Tiffany blue hue thanks to curaçao. It’s garnished with “seaweed,” which is actually slender strands of lime peel. Make a reservation at Oceanaire.
Señorita Margarita at RJ Mexican Cuisine, Dallas, Texas
Hola, señorita! This sassy lady from south of the border boasts two types of rum and blue curaçao (see a trend here?), plus sweet and sour mix. Beware: this turquoise temptress can be deadly if you don’t watch yourself. Make a reservation at RJ Mexican Cuisine.
Blue Armadillo Margarita at H3 Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas
Coconut tequila infused with vanilla beans and freshly cut pineapple is the backbone of this sapphire sipper. The teal tipple is a showstopper, so plan on snapping a shot before you take a sip. When you post it, don’t forget to hashtag it #cocktailporn. Make a reservation at H3 Ranch.
Blue Dream Mimosa, Madison, San Diego, California
Blue-green algae (yes, you read that correctly) adds a cerulean caste to this fetching proposition. The cocktail is filled out with organic lemon juice, alkaline water, Fuji apple juice, and ginger, so it’s practically a health elixir. Champagne is also involved, but we won’t tell your doctor if you don’t. Make a reservation at Madison.
Santorini Sunburn at Ousia, New York, New York
The Aegean-inspired tiki-style drink is a quadruple threat. Jamaican rum, Chilean pisco, Greek liqueur distilled from the resin of the mastiha tree, and French blue curaçao (you knew that was coming) commingle in this electric blue bevvie. It comes garnished with mint sprigs, an orange wedge, and dashes of Peychaud’s bitters. Make a reservation at Ousia.
Daiquiri No. 6 at 1KEPT, Atlanta, Georgia
Here’s a twist on tradition. The glass is rinsed with absinthe to add depth and complexity to the classic cocktail. Everything else stays the same, so it’s made simply with light rum, lime juice, and sugar. Make a reservation at 1KEPT.
Phish at Kings Miami, Doral, Florida
Rum and Red Bull power this azure tipple for two. It’s sweetened up with coconut, pineapple, and citrus. Plus, it comes with Swedish Fish gummies, which is reason enough to order it. Make a reservation at Kings Miami.
Bio Bay at Choices, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The nearby Bioluminescent Bay is alive with glowing microorganisms that sparkle in the dark. That luminosity inspired this cocktail made with coconut-infused rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, and requisite blue curaçao. Thankfully, no glowing microorganisms are included. Make a reservation at Choices.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.