2,000 Flushes vs. Jack Frost

Genuine Curaçao Liqueur

“Genuine” Curaçao Liqueur

A few days ago I wrote about my very first Thirsty Gals cocktail tasting event. Today I want to tell you about one drink from that party that succeeded and one that was a flop. Both included blue curacao as one of the ingredients. You have probably seen drinks made with this liqueur, which, according to Wikipedia, is flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit grown on the island of Curaçao. It has an orange flavor and is naturally colorless, but thanks to blue food coloring, it has the power to transform beverages into vibrant fun concoctions. Cocktails made with this electric blue liqueur may conjure up images of a toilet bowl cleaner or sub-zero weather. A lot depends on the name of the drink.

So….a drink called 2000 Flushes- what do you think, does that sound like something you might enjoy? If you were perhaps having a really crappy day, maybe the name would entice you to try a drink with a name as nasty as your last 24 hours? Let’s check out the recipe:

½ oz Captain Morgan (or other) spiced rum

½ oz blue curacao

½ oz mango rum

1 oz Sprite

1 oz lemonade

Combine the Captain Morgan rum and mango rum in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Add the blue curacao, shake well and strain into a cocktail glass with ice. Top with the Sprite and lemonade.

On paper this drink sounds like it might be pretty tasty. A couple different rum flavors, a bluish-orangish liqueur to add some depth and some Sprite to add some bubbles. But somehow all of the ingredients, while very good and drinkable in other libations, combined together in the 2000 Flushes to remind us of Nyquil. Cloyingly sweet with a medicinal quality. Uh….pass.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost

2,000 Flushes

Then I prepared another blue drink, the Jack Frost, thanks to a post sent to me by a friend suggesting that I might want to try it at the party. The recipe is as follows- it makes four drinks-

1 cup pineapple juice

½ cup blue curacao liqueur

½ cup light rum

½ cup cream of coconut

Blend in blender until slushy. Serve in martini glasses that have been rimmed with flaked coconut.

The Jack Frost was much more palatable than that Nyquil knockoff, and oh-so festive as an option for a holiday drink. The only thing you will want to watch for is to make sure the can of cream of coconut is stored in a semi-warm spot if you live in colder climates (and you’re preparing the drink during the Winter months). I encountered a bit of a glitch when I opened the can and found the contents to be solid as opposed to liquid, which is mentioned on the can as a possibility due to the aforementioned temperature situation. I still used the solid version while preparing the drink (because what else could I do? I only had one can), but obviously cream of coconut is supposed to be creamy. Instead there were little chunks of coconut in our drinks- but we thirsty gals make do under tough circumstances!

Oh, and the Jack Frost? It was delightful- a sublime combination of coconutty-pineappleness that reminded us of a blue pina colada with a serious kick. Good ole Jack was the winner of the blue drink face-off.

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