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What Lies Beneath – Blue Halloween Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 11, 2023 by The Noms

This blue curacao cocktail recipe is a great Halloween cocktail, or for anytime of year. Served in a fun bathtub vessel, this What Lies Beneath cocktail is made creepier with fake body parts!


This blue curacao cocktail recipe combines Blue Curacao with vodka, sour mix, cranberry juice, orgeat and ginger ale for a pleasantly sweet drink. The What Lies Beneath is an easy cocktail recipe that’s smooth, refreshing and blue, which makes it perfect to enjoy at a creepy Halloween party among laughter and friends!


We love it when we come across a cocktail recipe that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to drink. Or creepy, because we put fake silicone body parts in the bathtub vessel! Either, or.


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How do you Pronounce Blue Curacao?

In basic terms a hard C to start and S for the second c. Like this ‘Cure-ah-sow’ not cur-ahh-kow, (rhyming with morocco) which we have heard from people many times before.


What does Blue Curacao taste like?

Blue Curacao is an orange flavored liqueur. It is from the island of Curacao. Curacao Liqueur is traditionally made with the dried peels of the laraha. Laraha is a bitter orange native to Curaçao.


It is unknown who developed the first Curacao Liqueur and when. The Dutch West Indies Company took possession of Curaçao in 1634.

Bols distillery developed a laraha based liqueur after the discovery that an aromatic oil could be extracted from the unripe peel of the useless bitter oranges. They then had this oil exported back to Amsterdam to produce a liqueur similar to current day Curacao. Mr. Bols liked to add surprises to his alcohols it seems, which could explain the addition of blue coloring.


In 1912 Bols sold blue curacao as Crème de Ciel. I personally love this name. Not that people could pronounce that either.


Senior & Co, a company started in Curacao, is the only company that has always produced its liqueur from the peels of the laraha. They started selling their liqueur in 1896 in their pharmacy. In 1947 they bought land in Willemstad, where the distillery has been since. As this company is the only one that uses laraha fruit from Curacao, they include the word “genuine” on their labels.

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How Curacao is Made

The laraha peel is dried, bringing out the oils. After soaking in a still with alcohol and water several days, the peel is removed, and other spices are added. Senior & Co uses a 120-year-old copper kettle for distilling. The liqueur has an orange flavor with some bitterness. It is naturally free of color but is often given coloring, most commonly blue or orange. The blue color is achieved by adding a food colorant.


Curacao comes in 5 colors, but you most often find it as blue, orange, or clear. But there is also green and red! You can make some fun holiday cocktails with those too, we are sure! (Puts in memory to use!)


But, all of them lend a great orange flavor to your cocktails, and can give it a gorgeous color!


Just remember that blue curacao tends to be sweeter than triple sec, so if you are subbing it for triple sec, you may not need simple syrup in the cocktail recipe you are making.

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What Lies Beneath Cocktail Punch

We named this one “What Lies Beneath” because as we were photographing it, with the fake body parts in it, and the blue liquid, it really reminded me of the movie, What Lies Beneath. So, we borrowed the name!


This recipe serves one, but we can easily see this in large pitcher at Halloween parties!


To make it punch style, just multiply the recipe by the number of drinks you need (per person) and add them into a large pitcher. Give it a quick stir and place it in the fridge for a few hours ahead of time, but minus the ice and ginger ale.


Although, you can prepare it right before the party and just don’t add ice, as the ice will end up diluting too much of that fabulous, fruity flavor. Instead chill it and then add it to ice filled glasses. or mini bathtubs!

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Why a Bathtub Vessel?

Well, why not? So we got our hands on a bathtub cocktail glass and couldn’t resist making it a bit creepy with some body parts we used for making creepy Halloween ice last year for a cocktail class. It made our drinks creepy, so we wanted to do it again in this Halloween cocktail.


It’s something fun, and different, and of course you can serve this cocktail without it in a bathtub, but we loved it for the photos and just the overall Halloween vibe we were going for.


It’s eye catching and fun, but definitely not necessary to enjoy this Halloween blue curacao cocktail recipe! Make this Hocus Pocus drink, or Sanderson Sisters Potion, too!


Other Halloween Cocktails

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What Lies Beneath - Blue Halloween Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This blue curacao cocktail recipe is served in a super fun and spooky way, in a mini bathtub. We added some body parts to give it an even creepier vibe, perfect for Halloween!


  • 1.50 ounces Blue Curacao
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce sour mix
  • .25 ounce cranberry juice
  •  .25 ounce orgeat
  • .25 ounce ginger ale


  1. Combine all ingredients except ginger ale in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to combine, pour into glass, or mini bathtub like we did, with crushed ice.
  3. Top with ginger ale.
  4. Garnish with small silicone body parts like we did, for Halloween. And with a straw to make it easier to drink.
  5. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Sodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 3.3gSugar: 58.4g

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