Blue Bayou Cocktail Recipe

Blue Bayou Frozen Cocktail
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The blue bayou recipe offers the refreshing taste of tropical fruits. It's a stunning blue drink that's perfect for summer and is a bit like a vodka margarita.

A frozen cocktail, this recipe is incredibly easy and uses common ingredients. It features your favorite vodka with blue curaçao, which gives it color and an orange flavor, then the fresh taste of pineapple and grapefruit. It's sure to remind you of warm breezy days spent relaxing poolside.


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces​ vodka
  • 1 ounce ​blue curaçao
  • 1/2 cup ​pineapple (fresh or canned)
  • 2 ounces ​grapefruit juice
  • Garnish: pineapple wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a blender, combine the ice, vodka, blue curaçao, pineapple, and grapefruit juice.

  3. Blend until smooth.

  4. Pour into a chilled margarita or highball glass.

  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • If the finished mix is too thick, add a little more juice and blend again. When you'd like it a little thicker, add a couple of extra ice cubes.
  • One cup of ice is equivalent to about 5 or 6 of the average-sized cubes. Add these to the blender first to ensure the blades hit them right away. You can even blend them with the pineapple before adding the other ingredients.
  • This recipe can make one large drink or two short drinks if you'd like to share.
  • Whenever possible, use fresh fruits for this cocktail.
  • A single grapefruit can yield up to 5 or 6 ounces of juice, which is more than enough for a couple of cocktails.

Recipe Variations

  • If you don't want to blend the blue bayou, it's a great mix to shake up as well. Muddle the pineapple in a cocktail shaker first, then fill it with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled glass, serving it over ice if you like.
  • Use 1 to 1 1/2 ounces of pineapple juice rather than the fruit.
  • Flavored vodkas can add a new dimension to this drink. Any berry or citrus vodka would be really nice. Coconut, mango, melon, and vanilla are good options as well.
  • Add other tropical fruits to the blender. Good options include kiwi, mango, papaya, and star fruit. Either split the pineapple with this new addition or just add 1/2 cup of the new fruit and enjoy a slightly larger drink.
  • Pour tequila or rum instead of vodka if you like.

How Strong Is a Blue Bayou?

Blended cocktails are typically low-proof drinks and that is the case for the blue bayou as well. When made with the average vodka and blue curaçao, its alcohol content will be somewhere around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). That's about the same as a glass of wine.