Blissfully Blue Cocktail Drink

    Blissfully Blue Cocktail Drink

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    The color blue is said to evoke feelings of peacefulness and tranquility. I agree with that. Whether I am diving into the crystal blue waters of a swimming pool, looking up at the beautiful Carolina blue skies or floating around the turquoise coastal waters of Brunswick County, shades of blue make me feel calm, quiet, reflective and strong. What better way to bring those feelings home on a hot summery day than with a fruity blue cocktail.

    Blue Curaçao is the most commonly used liqueur for a blue cocktail, but what makes this liqueur so blue? Truthfully, it’s just artificial coloring, which doesn’t do anything for the taste. For all we care, this might as well have been left in its true form and been called Clear Curaçao — no one would taste the difference. For the record, it can also be found colored in orange or green in various regions.

    So, what is Blue Curaçao? The essence of this liqueur is the lahara fruit, famous for being incredibly bitter. A plant similar to an orange, the laraha is developed from the sweet Valencia orange and is grown on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. No one really eats the fruit, but it is incredibly useful in creating this distinctive liqueur. Blue Curaçao is made with the dried lahara peel and has an orange flavor.

    Sip on some relaxation with this blue concoction of refreshing tropical flavors. If you are feeling extra relaxed, add an umbrella and escape to a vacation all your own.

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    Blissfully Blue
    Pour yourself the feeling of the tropics with this orange-flavored, Caribbean-hued cocktail.
    Instructions
    1. Combine the first six ingredients in a large pitcher or beverage dispenser and stir well. Pour into a glass of ice and garnish with fruit pieces.
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    Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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