While it is called the Holy Water cocktail, there is no need to visit any churches to get a taste of this flavorful drink.
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Actually, it is easy to make and enjoy your own Holy Water at home. A Holy Water Drink has a sweet and tangy fruit flavor to mask the sharp punch of liquor that keeps people coming back for more.
If your cocktail menu is looking dry, this cocktail can easily breathe life back into your alcoholic repertoire. Its stunning characteristic blue tinge is perfect entertainment for a variety of occasions. From themed parties to barbecues or beach getaways, Holy Water’s refreshing taste and look will keep your guests smiling and the mood light-hearted.
So, we encourage you to read on and learn about the ins and outs of this illustrious cocktail. You and your future party guests will definitely thank you for it.
Origins of the Holy Water Drink
The history of the Holy Water Cocktail is ambiguous at best. If anything, Holy Water could have been the product of someone mixing together the leftover liquor from a party the night before or something made up by a bored bartender somewhere. No matter what the origins might be, do not be fooled by the religious name. This cocktail is anything but holy.
This cocktail takes seemingly ordinary ingredients and marries them together to make this electric blue cocktail a crowd favorite with its sweet, fruity tang and ability to create a quick buzz. It can a bit of deceiving drink that can sneak up on you if you are not ready for it.
What is in A Holy Water Drink?
The Holy Water Cocktail is a stunning blue mixed drink with fruity, citrusy notes. Sweet and tangy, it is guaranteed to give everyone a good time. To make a basic homemade holy water drink, you really only need three ingredients.
- Blue Curacao
- Sour Raspberry Pucker
- Sprite or 7-Up
There are so few ingredients, but they combine to make a drink that can please just about anyone. As you will see later on, these three basic ingredients are not the only way to make a Holy Water cocktail, and you definitely have the freedom to change up what you put in your Holy Water cocktail.
What Tools Do You Need to Make A Holy Water Drink?
A Holy Water Cocktail does not require any special tools. A short trip to your local liquor store should put you right on track with the ingredients you need for this heavenly concoction.
It is quite easy to make a homemade Holy Water drink. To start, you want to make sure you have a good-sized glass. A 16 oz. glass is a good enough size to start with.
However, if you really want to go all out to make this drink stand out, you can serve the cocktail in a large glass goblet. You can even turn this mix into a set of shooters. No matter what you choose, you just need something to carry the drink around.
You may also need a shaker to mix the liqueurs and juices. A shaker is a pretty classic cocktail serving tool that helps get the ingredients quickly and evenly blended. However, if you are sticking with the more standard recipe that only has three ingredients, you can easily just pour the ingredients into a glass and stir everything together.
If you have more than three ingredients, maybe a shaker is the best way to go. Overall, it is faster and ensures that all the ingredients are evenly dispersed throughout the mixture. Additionally, it is a great way to entertain and showboat for your guests and friends.
Other than that, you do not need a lot of equipment to make this cocktail. If anything, you want to make sure you have glasses that show off the Holy Water’s brilliant blue color.
Holy Water Drink Recipe
Okay, so the standard recipe is great for quick mixing, but what if you want to jazz it up a little more? Luckily, this fruity blue cocktail can also be made with a few more deluxe ingredients that elevate the standard recipe. This particular recipe is more ideal for when you want to get the party going in a delicious way.
The recipe ties in rum and vodka, which can easily get anyone into the party mood. It also replaces the sour raspberry puss with Peach Schnapps and uses fresh lemonade and pineapple juice to add a sweet, fruity tang.
However, it still uses Blue curacao for that signature electric blue color. The fruit juices and Peach Schnapps can easily mask the liquor in the drink. As such, it is important to pace yourself (and give your guests a heads up to pace themselves) because this drink can easily sneak up on you if you take it too quickly.
- 1 oz. Vodka
- 1 oz. Rum
- ½ oz. of Blue Curacao
- ½ oz. of Peach Schnapps
- 4 oz. of lemonade.
- A splash of pineapple juice
What is great about this recipe is that, like the standard recipe, you do not need a shaker to make this drink. To prepare this drink, all you need is the glass and the measured-out ingredients.
- First, prepare the glass by adding crushed ice and strawberry slices.
- Then, pour in the vodka and rum.
- Follow that with the peach schnapps, lemonade, and pineapple juice.
- Drizzle in the blue curacao.
- Finally, garnish with a strawberry.
This recipe does not contain any extra fluff, like a rimmed glass or those cute little cocktail umbrellas. However, the bright blue color is likely to be more than enough for a bit of showmanship. That is not to say that there is no harm in adding a fun straw or garnishing with more tropical fruit.
No matter what you add, this drink is still a great addition to any party no matter what the season. It is perfect for a summer barbecue, and even during the winter, if you just want to feel like you are at the beach for a moment or two.
Are There Variations of the Holy Water Drink?
There are so many variations of the Holy Water Cocktail and even more blue cocktails. As we saw above, the standard recipe allows for so much flexibility. Some recipes are so interesting and tasty that we’d be amiss if we didn’t share them with you.
No two Holy Water mixed drinks are the same. Changing what Holy Water vodka or rum you use can easily create a variation in the flavor of the cocktail. Some might use more lemonade than pineapple juice, while you might prefer more pineapple juice than lemonade.
One variation on the Holy Water ingredients adds triple sec to the vodka and rum mix, while replacing the Sprite and citrus juice with tonic water and grenadine. Others might be more extravagant in their variation to the liquor mix. For example, this version of the Holy Water Cocktail puts an upscale, New Orleans flair on the drink.
- Spiced Rum
- Orgeat Syrup
- Lime Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Grapefruit Juice
- Angostura bitters
- Green Chartreuse
- Sugar Cube
This version actually does away with the characteristic blue tint of the standard Holy Water cocktail, but it makes up for it in garnishes. On top of this cocktail, there is a hollowed-out lime half that is filled with the Chartreuse and sugar cube that gets lit on fire.
This is supposed to add more depth to the drink’s flavor and balance out the citrus notes of the drink, but it is also a visual stunner. This version of the Holy Water ingredients is a little more extensive and definitely caters to fancier occasions.
At the end of the day, the variation is up to you, but be mindful that whatever you add or replace does not tamper with the sweet and tangy flavor. Go too far and it can easily become sickeningly sweet or not sweet at all.
Can You Make A Holy Water Punch?
If you are having a huge gathering and do not want to stand around all night mixing a Holy Water cocktail for every guest, you might consider making a batch of Holy Water Punch.
- 25 oz. of Everclear Alcohol
- 25 oz. of Coconut Rum
- 1 gallon of Gatorade
- 32 oz or 8 cans of Red Bull
This particular recipe makes about 1.5 gallons of Holy Water punch, so adjust the measurements accordingly if you need to make bigger batches.
Granted, this particular method of making Holy Water sounds more fitting for a college party scene, but if you are in the mood for making your next party or gathering a little more spirited, this could be a great way to do that. Just make sure to give everyone a heads up so they pace themselves accordingly.
Can You Make Holy Water Shots?
You can definitely make Holy Water shots, and the recipe we are sharing with you definitely packs a punch in one shot.
- ¼ oz. Vodka
- ¼ oz. Gin
- ¼ oz. Rum
- ¼ oz. Tequila
- ¼ oz Bourbon
- ¼ oz Seagram’s 7 Crown
- ¼ oz Dark Rum
- ¼ Amaretto
- 1 splash of Grenadine
- 1 splash of Cranberry juice
- 1 splash of pineapple juice.
To make these shooters, you will need a shaker. Start by filling the shaker with ice. Then, add all the eight liquors and four mixers and shake well. This particular recipe should make 4-5 shots that taste like Hawaiian punch. If you are planning to make more than 4-5 shots or you are planning to serve these at a party, we suggest getting disposable shot glasses.
If you cannot find those at your grocery store, a good substitute are to-go sauce cups. They are easy to stick on a tray and serve to large groups of people. Not to mention, clean up will be a breeze because guests can easily dispose of the cups when they are finished.
Serve these at any party or large gathering, and you are sure to get the good vibes flowing. If a glass of this cocktail is enough to get someone quickly buzzed, shots are likely to get the party started faster than ever.
More Blue Drinks
The stunning blue of a Holy Water Cocktail can be seen in many other cocktails. Some of them are tropical-inspired, while others are twists on old classics. For example, you can get a Blue Margarita or a Blue Hawaiian.
The latter mixes rum, Blue Curacao liqueur, creme de coconut, and pineapple juice, which are all not too far off from the ingredients used in a Holy Water mixed drink.
A Lagoon punch is also a great tropical-inspired, blue cocktail. All you need to do is mix lychee liqueur, Blue Curacao, and seltzer or club soda into a large punch bowl. This could be a good alternative to the Holy Water punch we mentioned above.
Another blue cocktail that echoes the same flavor notes of a Holy Water cocktail is a Sapphire Alpine. A Sapphire Alpine is a fruity and flavorful martini that matches gin with some fruity flavors.
- 1 oz of Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 1 oz of Blue Curacao liqueur
- 1 oz of peach schnapps
- An orange slice for garnish
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients and measured them out, start by pouring equal parts of the three ingredients into a shaker with ice. Then, shake it well before straining the mixture into a martini glass and finishing it off with the orange slice.
You can put a twist on a Long Island Iced Tea by replacing the triple sec and cola for Blue Curacao and lemon-lime soda.
Or you can get really creative with a funky drink called the Jellyfish. To make a Jellyfish, you layer vodka, Blue Curacao, and sambuca. Afterwards, top it off with a float of cream. A gentle stir turns this concoction into an eye-catching show of white and blue swirls inside your glass.
However, Blue Curacao is not the only way to create a stunning blue drink. Hpnotiq is another popular liqueur that can help you concoct some delicious blue cocktails.
For example, Hpnotiq can be used to make a Halloween Hnotist that looks spooky but tastes amazing. All you need for this is Hpnotiq liqueur, vodka, lemon juice, and glow stick to garnish. That’s right. You heard me correctly. Glow sticks. Glow sticks are actually what help give this cocktail an eerie, iridescent quality that makes it perfect for Halloween parties.
Is There A Non-Alcoholic Version?
For those of you who are entertaining people with children, or you have children yourselves, there is a non-alcholic way to make this fun blue drink for your children or people who just do not want to drink alcohol.
If we work with the standard recipe, you can easily replace the liquors with a non-alcoholic alternative. You can replace the Blue Curacao with orange syrup and use a few drops of blue food dye to get the signature Holy Water blue.
Instead of the raspberry sours or liqueur, you can simply use raspberry juice or extract. Mix these two with Sprite or 7-up, and you have a non-alcoholic alternative for anyone underage.
A blue cocktail or any colored cocktail for that matter can bring excitement and a fun energy to any dinner party, get-together, or party.
Parties or not, the Holy Water cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser no matter where you are serving it. It is chock full of everyone’s favorite poison, if you will, and has an addicting color and flavor that will make you everyone’s favorite bartender.
However, parties do not have to be the only place you enjoy this drink. Who said that treating yourself only had to be a glass of wine or a bottle of beer? Since this cocktail is accessible at home, you can easily enjoy this cocktail as a reward after a long, tiring week. So, with that said, get to mixing and get lost in the deep blue of a Holy Water Drink.