A Turquoise for December: 5 Vibrant Hue of Birthstone-Based Drinks To Try
To many, birthdays are more than just a yearly opportunity for a party and presents, it's a chance to delve into the cosmic connections that shape your life. If you believe in astrology, then Zodiac signs are a wonderful way to explore your personality, and each month has its own special gemstone to make you feel treasured too. But who says that the only way to honour your birthstone is by wearing it? From fiery ruby reds to serene aquamarine blues, you can explore your spiritual connections through the world of colourful mixology with some unique, birthstone-inspired cocktails.
The turquoise gemstone is related to the month of December- a month filled with twinkly lights, celebrations, and holidays. The colour of turquoise is extremely stunning and can be related to the clear blue colour of a robin's egg. In Egypt, turquoise was also an emblem of power and prosperity. Both men and women wore it as an amulet to ward off evil spirits and jealousy. It was also utilized to make statues that were placed in tombs to keep them safe. Turquoise was frequently embedded within gold necklaces, used as inlay, and carved into scarab beetles.
The ancient Persians thought turquoise ensured protection and would decorate their daggers and horse's bridles with it, believing it could transform color when they were in danger. Turquoise was also seen as an earthly connection to the heavens, and it was frequently used for embellishing the roofs of palaces and mosques.
Turquoise is still regarded as a valuable stone by many people all over the world. It is frequently utilized as a symbol of healing and protection, and those who wear it are said to bring good luck and wealth. A timeless emblem of protection and healing, this birthstone can be adapted into numerous cocktails, and mocktails that are colourful, refreshing, and healing just like the turquoise.
1. Blue Margarita
Tequila, lime juice, and triple sec are the only three ingredients in a traditional margarita. Blue margaritas substitute triple sec with another kind of alcoholic orange liqueur- blue curaçao. Blue curaçao is sweeter than triple sec, despite its beautiful color. It also has a mildly bitter citrus flavor from the bitter oranges from which it is made.
Coarse salt, for optional rim
45 ml tequila
30 ml blue curaçao liqueur
30 ml of freshly squeezed lime juice
Lime wedge, or orange slice and cherry, for garnish
Rim a chilled margarita glass with salt. Pour the tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime, or an orange slice, and a cherry.
The chi-chi has it all: a fun name, a lovely color, and a tropical flair! The chi-chi is a popular frozen cocktail with a lovely turquoise blue color and a similar tropical flavor. The chi-chi is a blue variant of the pina colada with a vodka twist, filled with pineapple and coconut flavors.
60 ml vodka
15 ml blue curaçao liqueur
15 ml cream of coconut
1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup crushed ice
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
Pour the vodka, blue curaçao, and cream of coconut into a blender. Mix the pineapple, ice cream, and crushed ice in a mixing bowl. Blend until completely smooth. Add the mix to a chilled margarita or highball glass. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple.
3. Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
The blue Hawaiian cocktail is an amazing and enjoyable tropical cocktail. It's bursting with flavors of rum, pineapple, and coconut- and the best part is turquoise blue. A blue Hawaiian combines the flavors of coconut and pineapple to make room for blue curaçao. The stunning aquamarine color of the drink is due to the orange-flavored liqueur.
45 ml rum
25 ml blue curaçao liqueur
60 ml pineapple juice
24 ml cream of coconut
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
Pour the rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well! Strain the mix into a Collins glass with fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a cherry and a wedge of pineapple.
4. Tropical Teal Punch
Enjoy the refreshing punch of coconut rum and pineapple in the drink. A delicious base created by blue curacao, vibrant pineapple juice, and lime juice.
60 ml Coconut Rum
30 ml Blue Curaçao
60 ml Pineapple Juice
30 ml Lime Juice
30 ml Simple Syrup
Pineapple slice and maraschino cherry for garnish
Combine the coconut rum, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Vigorously shake until chilled, then strain the vibrant mixture into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a vibrant maraschino cherry. Sip slowly, letting the tropical flavors wash over your senses.
5. Virgin Blue Curacao Mocktail
The Virgin Blue Curacao Mocktail is a citrusy burst of refreshment that dances on the tongue. A tantalizing base is created by the harmonious combination of blue curacao syrup, zesty lemon juice, and vibrant orange juice, while the bubbling lemon-lime seltzer adds a pleasant fizz. It's a visual and sensory treat, garnished with lemon and orange slices.
1/2 cup blue curacao syrup
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 cups lemon-lime seltzer
2 lemon slices (for garnish)
2 orange slices (for garnish)
Add ice into a tall highball glass. Fill the glass with blue curacao syrup. Add lemon and orange juice. Top the mocktail with seltzer and stir it with a cocktail stirrer. Garnish with a lemon and orange slice.