The Mermaid Cocktail is a fairy tale in a glass
This recipe sweeps us back in time to the Caribbean of long ago. When Spanish explorers discovered the island of Curaçao north of Venezuela in 1527, they tried to grow orange trees, but the attempt failed due to the soil and weather conditions. The trees did produce fruit, but it was inedible.
The orange trees continued to grow wild and developed into a subspecies of bitter oranges. The peel of this fruit is used to make the famous Blue Curaçao liqueur that gives so many cocktails their vibrant color. One of those is the Mermaid Cocktail...
You'll need (for 2 drinks):
- ice cubes
- 1.5 fl oz Blue Curaçao
- 3 fl oz rum
- 9 fl oz sparkling lemonade
For the garnish:
- 2 cocktail umbrellas
- half a lemon slice
- 4 Maraschino cherries
- You can either divide up the ingredients and make each cocktail separately, or you can use a large carafe and mix up a whole batch all at once. Whatever way you choose, the first step is to fill the container with ice cubes.
- Add the Blue Curaçao, rum, and the lemonade.
- Garnish the glass with a quarter slice of lemon and two cherries on a cocktail umbrella.
And there you have it, a little bit of the blue Caribbean right in your glass! So if you can't make it to the beach this summer, try mixing up a few of these and enjoy that beach feeling right in your own backyard.