Make this: Civil Liberties' Payday Blues

Made with a juicy orange cordial, the Payday Blues cocktail recipe from Civil Liberites is fresh and citrusy with hints of vanilla. 

Payday Blues cocktail recipe from Civil Liberties

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 10 minutes

“Payday Blues was originally inspired by a guest request to make something that tasted like orange soda, but orange is a little difficult to use in cocktails – it lacks the tartness or acidity of lime or lemon.

The orange cordial has citric and malic acid added to it in order to balance out the flavour. We chose vodka as the base spirit to bring forth the orange flavours and to showcase the vanilla of the Galliano.”

– Tristan K Joseph, Civil Liberties


  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz Galliano
  • 2 oz citric orange cordial
  • 3 oz soda

Citric orange cordial

  • 600 g freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 600 ml water
  • 600 g sugar
  • 30 g citric acid
  • 15 g malic acid

Note: 4 oz lemon juice can be used in lieu of the acids but the result will be slightly different.


Citric orange cordial

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

Payday Blues

  1. Shake all the ingredients vigorously for 10 seconds, then strain over fresh ice into a glass.
  2. Add the soda, then finish by garnishing with blue cornflowers, cherry and a slice of orange.