The blue-curaçao hue of the Na’vi people in the 2010 Oscar-nominated film Avatar may look a little frightening, as does this cocktail at first glance. But a few sips and the spiced Velvet Falernum will give you enough courage to travel by dragon.

What to buy: If you can’t find Velvet Falernum, a clove- and lime-infused liqueur, try making your own. We think this recipe is a great stand-in.

This Flying Blue Dragon recipe was featured as part of our Best Picture Cocktails story.

  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (7)

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 3/4 ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Orange twist, for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a shaker halfway with ice and add all remaining ingredients except the orange twist. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist if desired.