Easy & Breezy Blue Margarita Recipe

Published December 7, 2021
Blue Margarita with lime on wooden background

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce blue curaçao
  • 1½ ounces blanco tequila
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig (optional) for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, blue curaçao, and tequila.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel and, if you want, a mint sprig.

Variations

The blue margarita is a feast for the eyes, and it's also a pretty darn tasty drink. Want to punch it up while maintaining the vivid blue color? Try the following:

  • Use freshly squeezed key lime juice in place of the lime juice.
  • Muddle a few slices of fresh jalapeño with the blue curaçao for a spicy margarita.
  • Add a few dashes of habanero bitters.
  • For a smokier flavor, replace the tequila with mezcal.

Garnishes

With its vivid blue coloring, this margarita is already a stunner. Still, you can make it even more eye popping with a pretty garnish:

  • Garnish with an orange peel, wheel, or wedge for a vivid color contrast.
  • Salt the rim like a traditional margarita.
  • Garnish with a pretty dried or fresh hibiscus bloom.
  • Sugar the rim with blue sugar spinkles (or the shade of your choice if you want a vivid color contrast).

About the Blue Margarita

If, as a kid, you delighted in the blue tongue that came when you ate blue ice pops, then you, friend, are the perfect candidate for a blue margarita. One of the main differences between the classic margarita and the blue margarita is that only one has the potential to turn your tongue blue.

While this drink definitely has a different color and appearance, once you take a sip of a blue margarita, you'll find it tastes almost exactly the same as the classic margarita. So what gives? The answer lies with the blue curaçao. While this liqueur has dye added to make your drinks a distinctly colorful, all curaçao is orange flavored and made from bitter curaçao oranges. So whether it's blue, green, red, or clear, curaçao pretty much tastes the same from color to color.

Tangled up in Blue

Feeling playful? Need a brightly colored pick-me-up? Simply want to tell the world, "Hey - I like blue?" Then it's time to make the blue margarita YOUR drink. Because the Blue Man Group's got nothing on you!

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