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Sip Something Out of the Blue

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Here are two cocktails inspired by the blues of “Avatar.” The color in the drinks comes from blue curaçao, a sweet form of triple sec that has an orange flavor. Because of the added sweetness, you won’t need to add any simple syrup.

“Avatar”-tini

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
Splash of pineapple juice, if desired
Orange slice for garnish

In an ice-filled shaker, pour in vodka, curaçao and pineapple juice, if using. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Makes 1 cocktail.

You can make a pitcher of these, using a 4:1 ratio of vodka to blue curaçao.

From John Griffin

“Avatar”-ita

2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce blue curaçao
1 ounce triple sec
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, or less, to taste
1 slice of orange

In an ice-filled shaker, mix tequila, blue curaçao, triple sec and lime juice. Shake vigorously and pour, ice and all, into a salt- or sugar-rimmed margarita glass. Squeeze the juice from one slice of orange on top. Serve.

Makes 1 cocktail.

If you want to make a pitcher of these, use the ratio of 1:1:1 of tequila to orange-flavored liquors to lime juice. (Use less lime juice to taste.)

From John Griffin

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