Blue Devil Cocktail, 1934–Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Mar 10 2017 - 4:42am by RetroRuth

It’s Friday, and I could totally use a drink!


This is Blue Devil Cocktail!

Bottoms Up001 1934

Blue Devil Cocktail
  • ½ Gin
  • ¼ Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Maraschino
  1. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Bottoms Up Blue Devil002

This cocktail is from “Bottoms Up”, one of our favorite vintage cocktail manuals. Some of the drink books we have just recycle classic drinks over and over again from decade to decade, but this one has some very unique and fun drinks. Plus, how can you argue with 1930’s cartoon drawings?



“This is really good!”

“Good. From the smell I was afraid it would be too sweet.”

“Nope, not too sweet. But it so strong it’s making my lips a little numb.”

The Verdict: Good and Strong

From The Tasting Notes –

Fruity, but in a good way. The lemon and cherry undertones paired well with the aromatic notes in the gin, and tended to make you forget it was strong enough to numb lips.

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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Robert Matthews March 10, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

    From the title I assumed it contained blue curaçao, and I was glad that it didn’t (too literal), but if you Google it, every single other recipe for that drink does — usually 1/2 tsp, just to give it a blue tinge. You might as well use a drop of food colouring, honestly.

  2. Kate from Iowa March 10, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Any idea why it’s called the Blue Devil? When I saw the post title and then the picture I thought to myself “oh, yeah, R said she wasn’t able to get BLUE Curacao last time didn’t she?” only to see…no Curacao of any color went into the drink.

    • Lassie March 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      The blue is because they used Bombay Sapphire gin! Ooooo, la de da, lol. There are a couple of gins sold in blue bottles, am I right?

  3. Andrea March 10, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Oooh, that looks good! Is Maraschino just the liquid from Maraschino cherries?

    • Freezy March 11, 2017 at 3:10 am - Reply

      I actually learned not too long ago from reading comments on this very blog that Maraschino is actually a liqueur made from cherries, and that what we call “maraschino cherries” used to be made by soaking in this liqueur. The most cherrytastic cherries ever!

  4. Michael March 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Maraschino as in Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur?

  5. Laura (Untwisted Vintage) March 11, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    This looks yummy! Gin based cocktails are my favorite, and this cocktail manual looks like a real gem.

  6. Teresa March 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    This is similar to the Aviation cocktail…which is blue because it contains creme de violet.
    Also, check out the Blue Blazer, another vintage cocktail. Not blue (it’s whiskey), but that one is set on fire!

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