Thursday, March 22, 2012
Cocktail Wednesdays: Blue Sand
This week, we were invited over by a couple of friends who often join us on Wednesday nights. They took advantage of the lovely weather to grill out. They had just returned from a Caribbean cruise. While in Curaçao, they bought ingredients for a mixed drink to try with us on their return, the Blue Sand.
1 oz Blue Curaçao
4oz Ponce Caribe
Add ice cubes and stir.
5 oz is a rather large drink, and we were a little worried we would run out of the Ponce Caribe since they only bought a small bottle, so we only drank 1/2 pours. At first, we overlooked the ice, but that gave us the opportunity to try it both with and without ice.
The verdict: The Blue Sand is extremely thick and creamy, especially without ice. Adding the ice opened it up and made it more easy to drink. I would say that this is more of a wintery drink, like an eggnog, than the summery drink I might have expected from a Caribbean recipe. The drink is clearly named for its appearance, rather than any relation to the classic cocktail Blood and Sand from the Savoy Cocktail Book. We weren't sure what Ponce Caribe was before trying it, but we believe it is the rum version of Irish cream. The name probably just means Caribbean punch. The flavor was what one would expect from rum cream, with only a bare hint of bitter orange. Even if we had drunk a full glass, it wouldn't have been very heavy-hitting, since the Blue Curaçao weighs in at 26% ABV, and the Ponce Caribe is even lighter at 10% ABV.