If you are anything like me, you tend to avoid Blue Hawaiians. Personally, I have always shied away from using blue curaçao when making tiki drinks, as I've always found the taste fairly hard to incorporate properly, and inevitably the drink ends up too sweet (plus, nothing says synthetic sugar like bright blue food coloring).
With 2022 being the year of overcoming obstacles and trying new things, this week we have a treat for you: a cocktail with blue curaçao that is actually REALLY good.
A Wayward Spirits original, The Creature From The Blue Lagoon is a delicious and rummy riff on a piña colada, painkiller, and/or lava flow (or really any coconut-oriented resort cocktail), but with a bit more of a spiced/herbal flavor due to the allspice dram and bitters.
Despite the key ingredients (coconut and blue curaçao) sounding quite sugary, this drink is not as sweet as you would suspect, making it a great alternative to the aforementioned "resort drinks" like the Blue Hawaiian.
The following post provides the necessary ingredients and steps for making this drink at home. Let us know what you think in the comments — cheers!
Glassware: Brandy Snifter or Hurricane Glass
Combine all ingredients (minus dark rum) in a shaker with crushed ice (and one or two large agitator cubes) and shake well. Open pour into brandy snifter or hurricane glass, and top with crushed ice as needed. Add the dark rum float, and 5-6 drops of El Guapo Polynesian Kiss bitters (or Bittermens Elemakule Tiki bitters).
Garnish with a few lime wedges.
Wayward Spirits Rating:
Overall Score - 5
This drink really surprised us. We were not expecting to love it nearly as much as we do, and this drink has crash landed its way into our "top 3" original cocktails here at Wayward Spirits. We liked it so much that we made multiple back-to-back, a rarity for drinks with creme of coconut.
If you are a fan of coconut-drinks, but cringe at the thought of Blue Hawaiians or Lava Flows, we highly recommend giving this drink a chance. The citrus, allspice dram, and bitters help offset the sweetness of the coconut and blue curaçao, making this a well-balanced alternative to traditional resort drinks. Cheers!