Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Basic Blues

To start mixing blue cocktails, you’re going to need a blue base. The three possibilities are: Blue Curaçao, Bombay Sapphire Gin, or Blue Vodka, none of which are blue!

Blue Curaçao looks blue, but it is clear with artificial coloring. When you first see the Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle you wonder, “Is the gin blue, or is it the bottle?” The answer is, “It’s the bottle”. Blue Vodka, as such, doesn’t really exist. But, there are numerous brands of vodka that have “blue” in their name. Absolut Blue, Stolichnaya Blue, Blue Ice, Cayman Blue, Ultra Blue, Blue Kube, Blue Wave, Scandic Blue, Blue Angel, and even Van Gogh Blue are all vodkas that appear perfectly clear.

So why call them “blue”?

Surprisingly, it may have started in India. When England colonized India, the aristocratic British officials who re-located there brought all the luxuries of home with them, including their gin. Hence, Bombay Gin.

Queen Victoria is pictured
on the label of Bombay gin.

But, there was strong gin, and then there was very strong gin. How would the servants tell the difference between 80-proof and 94-proof when they couldn’t read the labels? A simple solution was to add blue coloring to the special, higher-proof gin.

(Please note: this explanation is based on hearsay from a pub in Reading, England near closing time.)

The fact is, the descriptor “blue” indicates a higher quality when applied to any liquor, for example, Johnny Walker Blue Label.

Back to the three choices. As a base for a blue cocktail Blue Curaçao is by far the most popular. There are literally hundreds of drinks based on it. Here is a just small sampling. On to the the drinks already!

Blue Lagoon
According to In the Spirit, a website for drink recipes, the Blue Lagoon is a classic which regularly appears in the list of Top Ten most popular cocktail ideas.There are many variations on this recipe, the but favorite is a combination of De Kuyper Blue Curaçao and Vodka topped up with lemonade.

Day Dream

Curaçao paired with Champagne! Shake these ingredients in these proportions and serve in a Champagne flute.
  • 4 / 10 of Gin
  • 2 / 10 of blue curacao
  • 2 / 10 of white grape juice
  • 2 / 10 of Dry vermouth
    and of course Champagne

The ‘Something Blue’ Wedding Cocktail  
Is it true that Queen Victoria was the first to say, “Something old, Something new, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”? (That’s what they say they in some pubs South of London.) Whether it was Her Majesty or some Cockney char woman, we’re still saying it today.
This one derives its blue color from Hpnotiq, which is a blend of Exotic Fruit Juices, Premium Vodka and a Touch of Cognac.


Cool Pool Blue – A Color-Themed Poolside Party for the Weekend

Float from day into evening with a refreshing blue cocktail in hand. Set the stage with blue accessories, add friends, swim and enjoy the candlelight.

First, the essentials.

Crochet Cover-up and Hat from Nordstrom. Paisley Gauze Cover-up also from Nordstrom.
The barest sandals, and the biggest bags! J Crew one-piece swimsuit to match your Blue Hawaii.
Tommy Bahama covers your sun hat requirement. Two-tone ribbon. 
Paul Frank sunglasses. Chalcedony jewelry by Anna Beck
If you’ve ever seen this logo:  you’ve seen a Paul Frank product. He gives his products whimsical and original names like “Lovers in the Springtime” (sunglasses), and “Hold My Hand as We Ascend” (prescription glasses). The ones shown above are “I Will Possess Your Heart”. The man is brilliant. Paul Frank.
The designs of Anna Beck are inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands: Bali, Timor, Lombok, Gili, and Java. Her pieces must be seen to be believed. Anna Beck Designs 
I’m warning you; go to her website and you will entirely miss the pool party! 

Now you are ready to START MIXING

Sea Glass Inspiration

 New to our lines of vintage glass vases, candle holders, and votives are these large, 

Glass Hurricane Candle Holders
Arriving Today
(Monday, July 25)


Inspired by Sea Glass colors, this vase will be available in Ice Blue, Chartreuse Green, and Clear. The large size is 10″ tall and can be used as a centerpiece holding flowers, or as a candle holder. (We sell Flameless Tea Lights and Pillar Candles HERE.) The smaller size is 7.5″ tall. 

 There is something so refreshing about sea glass colors. The most common colors are white, brown, and green. But it’s the pale aqua blue and sea foam green that come to mind when we think of sea glass. These are not the most common colors, but they are found more often than colors such as bright purple, deep red, black and orange. Try to think of any glass object you may have seen in these colors, and you will realize why sea glass collectors treasure them so dearly. 

A Sampling from the Sea Glass Palette

 From Top: Turquoise and Chartreuse wire lanterns from Luna Bazaar, Hydrangea, Sea Glass Blue Lamp, from the Demeter Fragrance Library, a perfume that reproduces the scent of the Ocean. Turquoise, hand block-printed cotton pillow cover from Cultural Intrigue. Sea glass bracelet fragment. 
Sea Glass Mobile with driftwood, assortment of glass bottles and candle holders from Cultural Intrigue, Sea glass pendant, “Chairs Having a Conversation”, Queen Anne’s Lace by the sea.