Blue Fairy

Some time ago I was invited to a cocktail organised by FairyMotion, a Swiss communication and design company. I could talk about the friendly, laid-back atmosphere or the excellent maki rolls we were served… but let’s face it: the cocktails – or rather THE cocktail – was what stayed engraved in my memory.

Faced with a choice of several different drinks, like a child, I opted for the most beautiful one. It was glowing turquoise, cleverly chosen to represent the colours of FairyMotion‘s logo and I still think the idea was very cute and creative. The first sip was simply breath-taking. The cocktail was slightly sweet, slightly sour, with a pleasant, treacherous balance, keeping one joyfully unconscious of the alcohol intake 😉 In short, a perfect drink. I asked the Fairy Team for the recipe – which luckily wasn’t top secret – and promised myself to reproduce it. And here it is: as beautiful and as delicious as when I tasted it for the first time (well, almost… moments of particularly palatable discoveries are inimitable). Even though I prepared it many times, I still am thrilled every time to sip such a beautiful drink. Since the company’s logo features a blue fairy, I decided to call the cocktail “Blue Fairy”. Thank you, Fairy Team, for the wonderful evening and the amazing drink idea!

This is an individual portion, semi-long drink sized. In order to save you the measuring steps, problems with ounces, centiliters and milliliters, I converted everything into teaspoons (for those who like measuring, one teaspoon equals 5 ml). The cocktail is not really sour, but if you prefer very sweet drinks, add a bit of syrup or substitute the lemon juice with limoncello 😉

Preparation: 5 minutes

Ingredients (serves one):

7 teaspoons vodka

3 teaspoons blue Curaçao

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons sparkling lemonade (or sparkling water)

about 4 heaped tablespoons crushed ice (or 4 big ice cubes)

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker. Shake well and serve.

If using ice cubes, pour the shaken mixture over the ice cubes in a glass.

36 Replies to “Blue Fairy”

  1. Beautiful glowing drinkg Sissi. I try to avoid cocktails though – way too many were drunk when I first came to Paris 6 years ago. There used to be an amazing cocktail bar near Ecole Militaire – closed down now unfortunately – but they served amazing cocktails, really strong and icy and delicious. I always went with the intention of having “one or two”, and then ended up being loaded into a taxi by my friends several hours later, drunk as a skunk and feeling terrible. Still, this one doesn’t actually look that strong, and the lemonade would make it really refreshing I’m sure!

    1. Thank you, Charles. I must say I don’t have many drinks either and I don’t remember when I got drunk on cocktails. I drink wine most of the time, but at least once a week, I like to have one or two refreshing, beautiful cocktails as an apéritif. This one is not very strong, you are right. I think ice takes lots of the space in the glass.

  2. This looks very blue and very interesting, like the color of Bombay Sapphire. A relatively strong drink too, more alcohol and less lime juice/soda, which is nice of course:) This makes me thirsty and its only lunch time.

    1. Thank you, Mr. Three-Cookies! I haven’t thought about Bombay Sapphire gin! You are right! Relatively strong, but since half of the glass is ice… it’s not that strong! You know, there is certainly some place on the earth where it’s drinking time 😉

      1. With so much ice its probably best to drink it fast before the ice melts and dilutes it:) Your last sentence – are you referring to time difference or tendency for people to start drinking during lunch time? This is putting wrong ideas in my head. To break the cycle it is sometimes really interesting to start having drinks much earlier than usual:)

        1. I was thinking of the fact that as long as you don’t drink too much, any hour is great, since given the time difference there is always some place where it’s for example 7 pm 😉

    2. I think it’s only the bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin which is sapphire coloured, no? The spirit itself is colourless like regular gins. I remember being rather disappointed (and surprised) when I poured a measure out when I used to work in a bar.

      1. Thank you, Charles. I admit I don’t remember at all… I haven’t had Bombay Sapphire for ages! You must know many excellent cocktails recipes then 😉

    1. Thank you, Clarkie! It’s certainly fun drinking something having a colour of the meditterranean sea:-)

  3. Such a nice blue color drink. It reflects calm and refreshing taste. Great job on your choice of background — turquoise goes well with almost like onyx black. Have a great weekend, Sissi! 🙂

    1. Ray, thank you for the compliments. I like dark background for the photos, even though I know it’s probably considered incorrect, especially with food and drink. I also find there is something calm in a dark background. It already feels like evening or even night, e.i. time for a drink 😉 . Have a great weekend too!

  4. Sissi, when you mentioned you were invited to a communication and design company’s party, I started to wonder whether you work in the same field as me (I am a graphics/web designer). I love that they shared the recipe with you without a hitch, gotta love how laid back creative folks are right? 🙂

    1. Jeno, no, unfortunately I don’t work in this field 🙁
      They are cool ineed 🙂 I am very grateful for the recipe!

    1. Thank you, Greg! (The limoncello tip was for you, by the way 😉 ) I feel I will seriously start experimenting with blue Curacao. even if a tested drink is not good, the colour will probably make up for the taste.

    1. Thank you, Linda! National Lemonade Day??? It sounds like a great excuse to try some other cocktails with lemonade!

    1. Nami, you are so sweet! You are right, it reminds me of the ocean and feels like holidays on the seaside… I admit the colour plays a very big role in my appreciation. I think I will make some more cocktails with Curaçao in the future, at least because of the colour (but I like the taste it gives to cocktails too!).

  5. The colour of this drink makes me want to dive in and start doing the butterfly – gorgeous oceanic blue! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this before; just stunning. I’m also struck by the very first sentence of your post which is so… exotic, in its own right.

    1. Thank you, Kelly. This amazing colour is the reason I have decided to carry on experimenting with Curaçao… Exotic? Hmmm… Do you mean that most of the time bloggers talk about great food experience among friends and in the family circle, but never at the office cocktails? I admit I was surprised. It was the first time in the office or “semi-office” circumstances I had a drink exceptional enough to ask for the recipe.

  6. One of my favourite colours and what a pretty looking drink….absolutely stunning – Sitting by the ocean – enjoying this gorgeous cocktail…perfect!

    Limencello would be quite nice in it too…tough, I enjoy the bitter flavours too…talking about the bitter taste, have you ever tried ‘karela’ also referred to as ‘bitter gourd’? This is a green veg, quite bitter – i love it though when cooked with fennel seeds…it is meant to have that ‘umami’ flavour….

    1. Thank you so much, Shilpa! Now, when you write comments I imagine you surrounded by all the wonderful Indian spices and products in your family’s kitchen 😉 I hope you are having a wonderful time!
      I think the green vegetable you talk about must be the weird thing a bit similar to a fat cucumber, but not so smooth, called “bitter cucumber”… I see it sometimes in a Vietnamese shop here. I will buy it and try with fennel seeds. I will be very happy to discover every new umami dish. Thank you for the idea and for thinking about me.

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