Cool Blue Drinks For Hanukkah

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Tonight will be the fourth of the eight crazy nights of Hanukkah. We highly recommend indulging in blue cocktails for the nights that remain. You might ask why blue drinks for Hanukkah or why is blue one of the colors of Hanukkah? We searched the internet and found an explanation that we liked. There was no consensus on why blue. A number of people attributed it to the Israeli flag. But, the explanation that we liked best is that blue is for the water and silver (or white) for the sky, which represents God and reminds us that he/she is all around us.

The main ingredient in blue drinks is Blue Curacao. The island of Curacao is in the Caribbean, where they grow the Laraha citrus, which is similar to the Valencia orange but very bitter. The dried citrus peel is macerated to make flavored liqueur. It was first made in 19th century by the Senior family, who coincidentaly is of Sephardic descent. So enjoy your blue drinks!

Blue Star

Ingredients:
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz white cranberry juice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients and strain into chilled martini glass. Squeeze and drop lime wedge into glass.

Blue Moon

Ingredients
3/4 oz tequila
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
2-3 dashes Galliano
1 -1/2 oz heavy cream

Directions:
Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Blue Angel

Ingredients:
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz brandy
1/2 oz Parfait Amour
1/2 oz heavy cream
Dash of fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sparkle Blue

Ingredients:
1 oz vodka or gin
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
3-5 oz. chilled Champagne
Dash of triple sec

Directions:
Pour all ingredients but champagne into chilled flute. Slowly top with champagne.

Lady Light Blue

Ingredients:
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Cherry, garnish 

Directions:
Shake and strain all ingredients into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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