Even if you’re not on vacation, this vibrant Blue Margarita will make you feel like you are. The secret: Instead of using regular Triple Sec like you would when crafting a Classic Margarita, use Blue Curaçao! The result is a colorful delight sure to evoke thoughts of a tropical vacation with beautiful blue oceans and blue skies.
A classic cocktail made more fun, this easy Blue Margarita recipe includes Blue Curaçao, tequila and lime juice. Simply stir the ingredients in a glass or shake in a shaker with ice for a refreshingly chilled cocktail.
Crafting this gorgeous Blue Margarita cocktail is a breeze. You’ll only need three simple ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make it.
These are the Blue Margarita ingredients:
- 1 ½ ounce Tequila, 100% agave
- 1 ounce blue curaçao liqueur
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- Optional: Coarse salt for the rim plus lime wedges, or orange slice and cherry for garnish
How to Make a Blue Margarita
These Blue Margarita cocktails are easy to make and will be a big hit with your guests at any of your meetings. Ten minutes is all it will take you!
Here’s how to make this cocktail Blue Margarita:
- Gather the ingredients
- If you like, rim a chilled Margarita glass with salt
- Pour the tequila, lime juice, and salt into an ice-filled cocktail shaker
- If you prefer your cocktails a little sweeter, you can add simple syrup/agave syrup to your liking
- Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds and pour into the prepared glass
- Garnish with a lime wedge, orange slice, and/or cherry or whichever garnish you desire
- Serve and enjoy.
How to Rim your Blue Margarita Glass
Whether you like your glass rim salty, sweet or spicy, here is an easy way to rim your Blue Margarita glasses:
- Pour your preferred Margarita salt into a small bowl or plate
- Cut a notch on a lime wedge and run it around the rim
- Dip the glass in the salt, gently twisting to only coat the outside
- Shake off any excess and enjoy your handiwork!
If you’re not sure what salt to use, here are some ideas:
- Coarse salt: has an intense flavor that compliments the sweetness of the Margarita.
- Kosher salt: milder flavor and large granules.
- Himalayan pink salt: adds a lovely pink color to your rim and a very light flavor.
- Fleur de sel: a more expensive salt with a bold flavor.
Tip: If you’re unsure about the rim or it’s your first time, coat only half of the glass rim.
Things You Should Know About Blue Curaçao
One of the only ways to make a striking aqua cocktail is using blue curaçao. But why is the liqueur blue, who invented it, and is it really from the island? Here’s what you should know.
- What is Blue Curaçao: Blue Curaçao is an orange liqueur invented by Dutch settlers on the Caribbean Island of Curaçao in the nineteenth century. After their efforts to grow sweet oranges failed miserably, they resorted to producing etheric oils from the bitter oranges (dubbed Laraha by the locals) they could acquire from the sunny and dry climate, and even liqueur at one time.
- The story behind the stunning hue: Someone thought it would be great to have Curaçao in a variety of colors, such as white, blue, red, and orange. Blue and clear are still the most common colors, with blue curaçao becoming popular for crafting blue tropical drinks associated with beach resorts.
- What does blue curaçao taste like? Blue Curaçao has a sweet orange peel flavor with a mildly bitter aftertaste. The flavor is similar to Triple Sec but slightly bitterer.
- What other cocktails can you make with it? Most popular blue curaçao drinks include: Blue Hawaii drink, Aqua Velva, Blue Long Island iced tea and Blue Lagoon.
What’s the Best Tequila for Blue Margaritas?
Blanco, Reposado or Añejo? Which one is better to prepare one of these beauties? Here’s the difference:
- Blanco, also known as silver tequila, is the standard for most Margarita recipes. It’s a clean, unaged spirit that emphasizes the purest expression of distilled agave.
- Tequila Reposado is matured in oak barrels for 2-12 months. It has a smooth flavor with hints of oak, vanilla, and caramel—a character that complements the bittersweet taste of blue curaçao well. We recommend Reposado in this Blue Margarita recipe.
- Tequila Añejo is matured in oak barrels for 1 to 4 years. It has a deeper flavor, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. When consumed straight or on the rocks, Añejo shines, allowing you to taste the intricacies of its flavor.
Other Versions of the Blue Margarita Cocktail
The Blue Margarita’s appearance can be dramatically influenced by how it is served. Here are different ways you can serve this cocktail Blue Margarita (or any Margarita):
- On the rocks: Serve Blue Margarita on the rocks in your favorite lowball glass.
- As an ‘up’ drink: Serve without ice into a chilled glass.
- Frozen: Blend everything in a blender with about 1 cup of ice until smooth.
Enjoy your Blue Margarita Drink with Altos
Whether you’re a fan of tequila shots or want to craft the best Blue Margarita recipe, Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila is for you. In contrast to the cooked agave flavor, this slightly aged tequila has cinnamon and vanilla overtones that blend beautifully with blue curaçao’s citrus flavor in this Blue Margarita recipe.