Irish Blue
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Irish Blue
Cocktail recipe

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The Irish Blue cocktail is a unique and intriguing blend that marries the rich, malty depths of Guinness with the sweet citrus notes of orange liqueur. The combination of the ... more The Irish Blue cocktail is a unique and intriguing blend that marries the rich, malty depths of Guinness with the sweet citrus notes of orange liqueur. The combination of the classic Irish stout and the bright, zesty flavor of the liqueur creates a dichotomy in the glass, offering a surprising contrast that can be both refreshing and warming. Typically served in a shot glass, this drink offers a quick and flavorful experience that engages the palate with its bold blue curaçao hue and distinctive layered appearance. The Irish Blue is a beverage that stands out for its creative use of traditional Irish beer and its visually striking presentation.
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Orange liqueur
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9.6% | 0.58 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Irish Blue

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour a shot of Bols Blue curaçao into a shot glass followed by a shot of Guinness, then serve


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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is Blue Curaçao, and how does it affect the taste of the Irish Blue cocktail?

Blue Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. It's known for its bright blue color and slightly bitter, orange-like flavor. In the Irish Blue cocktail, it adds a unique citrusy sweetness that contrasts with the rich and malty Guinness, creating a complex flavor profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is the Irish Blue cocktail served best as a standalone shot or as part of a cocktail menu?

The Irish Blue is served in a shot glass, indicating it's intended to be enjoyed as a standalone shot, often as a novelty or special occasion drink. However, its unique flavor combination could make it an interesting addition to a themed cocktail menu, especially for events celebrating Irish heritage or as a striking blue-hued option for a color-themed party.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving the Irish Blue cocktail?

Given its striking color and the novelty of combining Guinness with Blue Curaçao, the Irish Blue cocktail is best suited for festive occasions, such as St. Patrick's Day, themed parties, or as a daring choice for celebratory toasts. Its bold presentation makes it a conversation starter at any event.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in the Irish Blue compare to other popular shots or cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 9.6%, the Irish Blue sits on the lower end of alcohol content for shots, which can range from about 15% (for liqueur-based shots) up to 40% (for straight spirits like vodka or whiskey). It's similar in strength to light cocktails or wine, making it a milder choice for those who prefer less potent options.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can any ingredients be substituted in the Irish Blue cocktail without significantly changing its flavor profile?

While the distinctive combination of Guinness and Blue Curaçao defines the Irish Blue cocktail, you could substitute the Guinness with another type of stout for a slight variation in the beer's flavor depth or creaminess. However, substituting Blue Curaçao would significantly alter the drink's flavor and appearance, given its unique color and citrus notes.

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