A colorful twist on the classic, the Blue Margarita follows the rules of the Classic Margarita. Tequila, lime juice and a sweetener. 

Instead of using triple sec as the sweetener, this Blue Margarita employs a vibrant alternative –Blue Curaçao! The result is a lovely, flavorful fusion that will instantly transport you to the shores of the Caribbean.

Ingredients

You’ll love this Blue Margarita for its simplicity. Four simple ingredients plus a few easy steps, and you have a delicious drink to get the meeting started.

These are the Blue Margarita Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce Blue Curaçao liqueur
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp simple syrup, optional
  • Coarse salt, for optional rim
  • Lime wedge, orange slice, or cherry for garnish

How to Make a Blue Margarita

A simple twist on the classic, this easy Blue Margarita recipe is a breeze to craft. 10 minutes is all you need to make the drink.

  1. Pour the tequila, Blue Curaçao, lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for about 30 seconds then pour everything into a salt-rimmed glass (more on that below).
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice and cherry.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

How to Salt the Rim of Your Blue Margarita Drink

A salt rim works not only as an aesthetic addition but also builds to the richness of the Blue Margarita.

  1. Get salt: Pour your favorite salt into a small bowl or plate. Coarse sea salt, kosher salt, Himalayan pink salt, or Fleur de sel are all great options.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the glass rim: Cut a notch on a lime wedge and run it around the rim of the Blue Margarita glasses.
  3. Roll/dip it in the salt: Carefully twist to only coat the outside of the glass.

Tip: Stay clear of iodized table salt as it’s too strong for this cocktail Blue Margarita.

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Interesting Facts About Blue Curaçao

Blue Curaçao is what gives this drink its stunning blue hue and the appearance of summer in a glass! Here’s more about this colorful liqueur:

  • What is Blue Curaçao: Blue Curaçao (pronounced ‘cure-a-sow) is a Caribbean liqueur produced on the island of Curaçao. It’s created from the dried bitter peel of the Laraha fruit, a Curaçao-native citrus fruit.
  • The story behind the pretty blue hue: Blue Curaçao is blue because its makers decided to color it at some point throughout its history. The artificial color, however, doesn’t affect the flavor.
  • Curaçao vs Triple Sec: Curaçao is often sweeter than Triple Sec- a dryer form of orange liqueur typically used in margaritas. Curaçao is also available in a wide range of colors, including blue. Triple sec, on the other hand, is traditionally clear.
  • How does Blue Curaçao taste? It tastes like sweet orange peel with a faint bitter tang.
  • How much is it? Blue Curaçao is moderately priced, starting at around $10 for a 750 ml bottle. Avoid blue Curaçao syrup, which is a whole different product altogether.
  • Does it go stale? If well stored in a cool, dark place, Curaçao can last for months or even years.
  • What kind of other drinks can you make with it? Blue Hawaii, Blue Lagoon, and Blue Long Island are all excellent choices. You can even use lemonade instead of tequila to make a sweet and colorful mocktail.

What Tequila is Better for Blue Margaritas?

If you’re unfamiliar with the tequila jargon, here’s a quick guide:

  • Blanco/Silver tequila: This is unaged tequila at its purest form. It’s a freshly distilled spirit straight from the distillery, with no oak aging. Freshly distilled agave flavor is all there is to it.
  • Tequila Reposado: This is tequila aged in wood for two months to one year, giving it a delightful nuanced flavor with oak and vanilla undertones. The little aging rounds and softens this tequila, making it ideal for the best Blue Margarita recipe.
  • Añejo Tequila: Aged in oak for one to three years, this sipping tequila exudes earthy and vegetal agave flavors, as well as rich overtones of vanilla and floral aromas.

Variations of the Blue Margarita Recipe

Whether you prefer your Blue Margarita on the rocks or frozen, this recipe offers plenty of options.

  • Over fresh ice: Pour the cocktail into a salt-rimmed glass over fresh ice to keep the ice from melting quickly.
  • As an ‘up’ drink: Strain the drink over ice into a chilled cocktail or Margarita glass.
  • In a rocks glass: For a more sophisticated approach, pour it on the rocks in your favorite lowball glass.
  • Frozen: Blend all the ingredients with 1 cup of ice in a blender until well-combined.

Enjoy Your Blue Margarita Cocktail with Altos

Since its inception, Olmeca Altos Reposado has received countless accolades, including several medals at some of the world’s most prominent spirit competitions. Its fruity and fresh scents are enhanced by the sweet Curaçao notes in the Blue Margarita, making it the best pairing.