Friday Night Cocktail: Aquadisiac

Is it possible for a blue drink to be good?

People in some quarters spend a lot of time debating what, exactly, constitutes a craft cocktail. There’s lots of debate, but I’m sure most would agree that any drink that’s blue probably doesn’t qualify.

But, as Jeff “Beachbum” Berry points out in his book, Beachbum Berry Remixed, there’s just something about blue drinks that’s appealing sometimes, mostly on hot summer days when you want your drink to match the pool. And in theory, there’s no reason they can’t be good – blue curaçao has the same flavour as any other colour – it’s just that they usually aren’t good. He then puts his money where his mouth is by offering a handful of recipes that use it to good effect.

The Aquadisiac is probably the simplest of the bunch, and since I had some homemade orgeat kicking around, it seemed like a good place to start. It’s not the most complex drink I’ve ever tasted, but it’s still well balanced and satisfying in its simplicity.

Of course, you may be wondering why I even have a bottle of blue curaçao in the first place. Let’s just say that, in my student days, I wasn’t as dedicated to craft cocktails as I am today.

How to make an Aquadisiac

Created by Beachbum Berry

  • 1/2 oz. blue curaçao
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. medium-bodied rum (I used English Harbour, but Mount Gay should do nicely)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (or, if you want to be cheeky, a hand-blown, hand-cut crystal snifter, as shown).

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2 Responses to “Friday Night Cocktail: Aquadisiac”

  1. I think it’s possible for a blue drink to be good. I think it’s possible for any drink to be good… depending on who’s drinking it.

    I very much appreciate the idea of the craft cocktail and try to adhere to it’s ideals as much as possible but I will sacrifice the title of craft for personal satisfaction. As I said in the eGullet discussion, the bottom line is that I don’t want cocktails with good taste, I want cocktails that taste good. If it can be both, even better.

  2. Matthew Kayahara July 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I agree, Tri2Cook, and I think there are many cocktails with good taste that don’t, in fact, taste good. At the same time, I think there are some more-or-less objective criteria about what “tastes good” means, and I believe that a palate can be educated in light of those criteria. In the case of blue curaçao, I think the Beachbum has it right when he says that mostly people expect blue drinks to look pretty, so making them interesting and well-balanced is traditionally just not a priority. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done!