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The Blue Steel

In this festive tropical cocktail, rum is mixed with lime and passion fruit juices, then topped with vivid-blue curaçao.

Food & Wine JANUARY 2013

  • Yield: makes 1 drink
  • Total: 5 Minutes


  • 2 ounces golden rum
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see Note)
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 ounce passion fruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat (almond-flavored syrup)
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
  • Orange and lime wheels, for garnish


In a cocktail glass, stir everything except the ice, blue curaçao and garnishes. Add crushed ice and mix with a swizzle stick or bar spoon, then pack more crushed ice on top. Pour the blue curaçao over the drink and garnish with orange and lime wheels.

Note: To make simple syrup, simmer 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup granulated sugar, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool.

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