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Many moons ago when I was introduced to alcohol and then the more refined cocktails I tried one called a Blue Lagoon in my local Wetherspoons, the reason being it was cheap, tasty and I could get drunk quickly. When I became a little more cash savvy I realised I didn't have to go all the way to my local to get a cocktail and instead I could do it at home and there started my hunt for "Bols Blue" at first I couldn't find it anywhere and then one day I came across it in my local Asda, before that I had only seen it in Victoria Wines in which case it was almost £13 a bottle so seeing it for just £8 and regularly on rollback to £7 in my local supermarket I was super pleased.
Bols blue is a liqueur that is made from the curacao orange which is a small and bitter fruit. The drink itself has a vibrant blue colouring to it (known to make your tongue and lips blue after heavy drinking of it and may induce you to wonder if your wee is going blue, fear not, it doesn't) anyway there doesn't seem to be any real reason for it being blue but I personally love it being blue. This can be drunk straight but I personally find it too strong and bitter and much prefer to use it as part of a cocktail. As it is so strong you really don't need much of it which makes it last but of course as we all know measures do tend to get overly generous come the end of a night.
My personal favourite way to drink this is to add a shot of vodka, a shot of vodka and top up with lemonade, this makes a drink that tastes unlike alcohol and more like orange lemonade therefore being super easy to drink. There is also a green frog and various other cocktails. I would definitely say that if you are a cocktail maker you need this drink in your cupboard, it has so many uses that I would never have known about. There is also another cocktail which the name escapes me but it uses grenadine syrup, cranberry juice and blue bols which is equally delicious. The only pitfall of this drink is that it's so easily drinkable, I am not a fan of alcohol as I don't really enjoy the taste of it but this is one that I could drink very easily.
If you haven't tried it, I urge you to do so, being drunk on blue bols is so much funnier than being drunk on regular alcohol for some reason, might be something to do with the huge amounts of E-numbers included.
Back when it was my 18th birthday, I had decided to host a cocktail party. As i was researching different cocktails, the ones that seemed to stand out to me were the fruity ones which often were bright coloured. When researching ingredients for these coktails I found that Blue Bols appeared in many, therefore I decided to buy it for the very first time. At the time I had no idea what it would be like, but my mother and sister both had told me it was nice with Lemonade.
Blue bols is available at supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco and costs around a £10 however, it is quite often on offer. £10 for a 500ml bottle however is a decent price and I found that a bottle does go quite a long way with cocktails, unless your going crazy. The product also is available in most off licences, however the prices vary and often is more expensive than in supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco. Blue bols comes in a transparant glass bottle, which is quite pretty and shows off the beautiful deep blue coloured alcohol. I believe it automatically looks summery, and quite yummy! Blue bols, however is quite a high percent in alcohol and is 21% therefore it would be suggested that mixing it is the best idea, whether thats in certain cocktails or just mixed with Lemonade, coke whatever you prefer. I personally recommend Blue bols and lemonade.
Now as I was hosting a cocktail party, Blue bols was involved in a few of my cocktails. Two favourites of mine was my own version of the beautiful fruity cocktail purple rain, this involved Blue bols, Cherry flavoured Sourz and topped up with Lemonade. Another favourite cocktail of mine involving Blue Bols is Blue lagoon, this involved Blue bols, vodka and again topped up with Lemonade. Both these cocktails being fruity, and also looking lovely and summery! Both tasting great, and easy to drink. Though this may not be a good idea, as they taste that good you don't exactly realise how much alcohol you are consuming and before you know it, drunk! But that seems to be the case with most cocktails. But being a student, that is my idea of fun!
On making those cocktails, I'd probably suggest one shot of Blue bols, then a shot of the other mixer (Sourz or vodka) and then top the drink up with lemonade depending on how strong you would like your drink.
Blue bols now is one of my favourite drinks, with a lovely fruity taste. I often drink this and would recommend it to people wanting to make cocktails as it is great or to those who love a fruity drink (Blue bols and lemonade). The only disadvantage to Blue bols is the fact that if you drink a lot, it will leave you with a blue tongue for the night which may not be the best look on a night out! But that is the only fault I have with the drink, apart from that it is fab.
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When I was 18 which feels like forever ago I used to go out pretty much every weekend usually on a Saturday and a Sunday and one drink I discovered then was Blue Bols which I used to drink quite often. On a recent night in with some of my family I decided to host a bit of a cocktail night and Blue Bols was one of the drinks that I bought in for it.
The Blue Bols curacao comes in a fab looking bottle I think which features a long and thin neck which is ribbed. The Bols name is on the bottle as well as the information that the brand began in Amsterdam in 1575 and through it you can see this wonderful and distinctive blue liquor. I do think that this product is available in many supermarket and off licences but the price does seem to vary quite dramatically and so I would say look around. I paid just short of ten pounds for a 500ml bottle in asda but in my local off licence the product was selling for closer to fifteen pounds!
It is fair to say that I do like a quite sweet and fruity liquor as a drink as my other drink of choice is Malibu! Blue Bols is very fruity and this hits you just by taking off the lid and sniffing the bottle. It does smell quite citrusy as a lot of different oranges are used to blend it but it isn't over powering and the fruitiness in general takes over rather than just the orange scent.
I love to drink Blue Bols with lemonade as a mixer which is lovely and refreshing and tastes nothing like an alcoholic drink at all which I guess could be a little bit dangerous! I think that it is a perfect summers drink though because of this fact and can certainly imagine myself with a glass at a barbeque or something. This liquor is also used in a lot of different cocktails with other alcoholic drinks and online there are literally hundreds to choose from but one that I think is absolutely incredible is called purple rain and we made our own slightly adapted version of this to drink before we went out in Essex recently using Blue Bols, cherry flavoured sourz and lemonade and it is possibly my favourite drink now as it was just so easy to drink!
I think that this drink really is lovely and it is just so easy to drink because it is so sweet and fruity. I do like to have a mixer with it as it is 21% volume and I don't want to end up paralytic after just a couple of drink. The only thing with it is it turns your tongue blue which isn't the best look when you may be out on the pull! You don't need a massive amount with your mixer to make a fun looking, lovely tasting, summery drink and for that reason I do think it will be a product that I will be buying time and time again.
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Blue curacao is an orange flavoured, rum-based liquer, coloured blue for no apparent reason. It is very sweet, and it's best not to think about the e-numbers.
Bols is a drink manufacturing company based in the Netherlands. They are the best known maker of blue curacao which is why it's more well known as "blue bols". This may also be because "bols" is a lot easier to say than "curacao"! It also leads to the possibility of asking friendly barmen if they have blue bols, but that's perhaps a story for another time :-)
Other people make blue curacao, but don't be taken in by the imitations - Bols is the original and the best. I'll take the taste test any day! Cheaper, inferior brands should be saved for later in the evening when your taste buds have lost their initial sensitivity...
The strange thing about blue curacao is that although it's about 20% proof, it doesn't really taste of alcohol. As you can imagine, this tends to make it a bit dangerous as it's very easy to drink! My preferred solution is to drink it with orange juice - you can't drink too much orange juice, so that puts a natural limit on consumption. And adds plenty of vitamin C! Of course it is an orange flavoured liquer to start with, so some may consider this an orange overdose. I first came across it mixed with lemonade, which is an absolutely gorgeous clear blue colour of a drink - rather than the murky green you get if you mix it with orange juice. On the other hand if you pour the orange juice carefully you can get a lovely graduated drink - from dark blue, through green to orange - which is virgin at the top and full strength at the bottom.
The big advantage of a murky green drink: nobody ever pinches your drink! It's also a good converstation starter ("What on earth are you drinking??").
The picture of the bottle at the top of this page shows the old hexagonal style (or was it octagonal?), which changed several years ago and is much missed. It now comes in a rather boring round bottle with ribbed sides. In off licences and supermarkets it is most often found as a 50cl bottle. It is not very widely stocked, but it's worth the hunt. Oddbins stock it (Victoria Wine and Threshers didn't the last time I checked), and Asda. Recently somebody told me that Tesco had got it back in, but not in my local one. Asda periodically do a multibuy - £7 per bottle or £10 for 2.
I would have said that Cocktails Green Frog and Blue Lagoon were the best known uses for blue bols - but a quick bit of web research shows that not everybody uses the same ingredients. How strange. Blue lagoon adds vodka to the bols and is mixed with lemonade. A green frog involves bols, dark rum, clear creme de menthe and orange juice, served over ice.
Personally I'll stick with the basic bols and orange. It tastes like orange juice but with the edge taken off it. Very yummy. The main disadvantage (other than how few premises stock it) is that the orange flavour rather clashes with chocolate. Oh well, I'll have to stick to crisps instead.
Bols blue was my drink of choice before I moved onto Absinthe. There are absolutely no similarities between these two drinks, except when served they both look pretty.
Blue Bols is a very old liquer. It originates in Holland and is made from sweet red oranges and "herbs". It is 21% Alcohol (ABV) and is served mixed iwth lemonade. Don't let the word "Liquer" put you off as it does not taste like alcohol- it is quite dangerous but lovely in this respect!
I drank quite a lot of "Blue Bols" (as it is more commonly known) whilst I was a student and for several years afterwards. It is quite hard to find in bars (not as hard as decent absinthe!!) but where they do sell it, most bars have it in their tills as the same price as a shot of vodka. You will have to point at the blue bottle as most bar staff won't have a clue when you ask for this. "Blue bols" ; "blue what? " "blue what?" "bols?" "What?" ...
The thing with this drink is it has almost no taste. It if bright (I mean BRIGHT) blue, it is supposed (I can't believe this although it has it written on the bottle) to be ORANGE flavoured (how can something so blue be orange???) but when you mix it (same as a vodka) with lemonade, it tastes of lemonade. In an old fashioned lemonade way. Lemonade with benefits.
I found after a few drinks the downside is your tongue goes blue and your teeth and after a few more you get blue smile lines appearing up the corners of your mouth ... Expect people to come up to you asking "WHAT are you drinking?" as it looks like there should be smoke rising off your glass. This was the appeal of drinking this for me- 1: it does not taste like alcohol at ALL; 2: it is unusual so it captured my attention.
A bottle of "Bols Blue" or "Blue curacao" can be bought in ASDA, TESCOs and most supermarkets and offlicenses for around £11. A bottle will last you a decent length of time unless you want a really blue mouth, tongue and teeth and drink a lot of it. If you do, you will be trying to clean the blue off your teeth and tongue for days.
I find the only noticeable effect it has physically (apart from the blue mouth and teeth) is you get a weird feeling in your legs after about 4 or 5 drinks. It is odd, like your legs are drunk but you aren't. It is quite pleasant, subtle and different! .
Overall, I find it a one off drink in a bar as any more than a few of these and really you will start to have people staring at you as if you have bitten into a cartridge of blue ink and its burst in your mouth.
mmmm that tangy Orange that is only best described as the same taste that you get when you first bite into an orange segment. Yes this drink does go down nicely by itself as you can imagine but it also goes down well when you mix it with other things. The mix I once came up with was: Bols Blue, Mango fruit juice, water, vodka(a lot) and raspberryade. Unfortunately only I, the creater could appreciate this fine piece of art as my two friends dismissed it as tasteless. Still I liked it and that's what matters. The point is that you can use this drink to make many creative cocktails. It's almost like it was a main ingredient for most mixtures. The bennefit is that if you don't want to mix it then you've still got it to drink by itself. Remember it tastes like when you first bite into an orange segment, only it's alcoholic and blue. You can imagine drinking this all the time would probably make you a little sick of the taste and blue on the tongue but I have yet to grow sick of this drink. Bring on the mixtures, that's what I say!
Bols Blue is the genuine star among the Bols Liqueurs. Its distinctive blue colour and special taste truly distinguishes it from all other liqueurs.