There is not much to be said for DeKuyper Island Blue Pucker except that it leaves a lot to be desired. The sea blue liqueur can be used to create blue drinks and, beyond the beautiful hue of the liqueur, it is not the best cocktail ingredient. Where many of the other Puckers produced by the brand have a purpose in at least one or two cocktails (as novel as those might be), there was not one mix tried where Island Blue Pucker didn't take the drink down. Even a dash did some otherwise good cocktails in.
Pros and (Mostly) Cons
- It's blue.
- Too sweet, too sour with an indistinguishable fruit flavor.
- Could not find one drink in which it didn't ravage the flavor.
- Tastes like a sour, fruit punch cough syrup.
Description and Product Review
- Produced by John DeKuyper & Son, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Sweet and Sour Schnapps flavored with "fruit medley"
- 15% alc/volume (30 proof)
The contents of DeKuyper Island Blue Pucker is a sort of mystery. What we do know is that, in keeping with the "Pucker" line, it is a sweet and sour schnapps. Beyond the bottle alluding to a "tangy mixed fruit medley with a sweet and sour sensation" and graphics of pineapple, kiwi, orange, lime, lemon, and cherry on the bottle, the flavors are not disclosed. It has the unpleasant taste of a fruit punch-flavored cough syrup.
As far as mixing Island Blue Pucker goes, there are a few recipes floating around. One is an Absolut Blue Martini, which calls for equal parts Island Blue and Absolut Citron, shaken, strained, and garnished with a lemon twist. Another mix is an Azul Lemondrop shooter that, amazingly enough, adds sweet and sour to the Pucker along with a ridiculous amount of lemon juice. There is a sour line there that has been crossed, even in the world of shooters.
So, why review this liqueur which we obviously have found no use for? It's quite simple. Blue drinks are a novelty that many people seek out for various reasons, usually to fit a party theme or "brighten" up a drinking occasion. However, when seeking out those ocean-colored libations our advice is to choose one of the other blue liqueurs such as blue curacao or Hpnotiq.