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Show your team colors and celebrate the N.C. Tar Heels with two tasty Carolina blue cocktails, plus a non-alcoholic blue punch recipe.
This one is for my fellow Tar Heels! (JOMC, class of 1995!)
I’m still excited over this year’s National Championship win! That makes six men’s basketball championships — 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2017 — with the latest win capping& Coach Roy Williams’ 100th game with the Tar Heels. That’s sweet victory.
To celebrate, I whipped up a couple of Carolina blue cocktails, including a blue punch recipe that can be served spiked or not. These blue drinks are perfect for sipping while watching the Tar Heels play, tailgating or relaxing outside under a Carolina blue sky.
As always, drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
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I’m calling this first cocktail the Carolina Blue Belle because it’s made with peach vodka, blue Curacao and lemon-lime soda.
You can add more soda if you prefer a lighter, weaker cocktail.
- 2 parts peach vodka
- 1 part blue Curacao
- 3 parts lemon-lime soda (or more to taste)
- crushed ice
- Fill a Tervis tumbler with crushed ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka and blue Curacao. Shake or stir until combined.
- Pour over ice, then top with lemon-lime soda
If you’re having a large crowd over to watch the Tar Heels play, you can make a batch of these blue cocktails, or whip up some blue party punch.
Fruity and tart, this blue punch can be spiked with vodka or light rum, or it can be served without alcohol.
If you don’t want to use pineapple juice, you can substitute lemon-lime soda. But I really love the tropical tang it gives this punch.
- 6 cups blue raspberry Hawaiian punch
- 12 ounces frozen lemonade
- 2 to 3 cups pineapple juice
- vodka or rum (optional)
- In a large pitcher, combine the blue raspberry punch and the frozen lemonade.
- Stir until the lemonade is thawed and fully incorporated.
- Slowly add the pineapple juice, being careful not to add too much or it will turn the punch aqua instead of blue. If this happens, you can add more blue raspberry punch.
- If desired, add alcohol.
- Serve over ice.
Cheers! And Go Heels!
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