Margaritas are delicious in their own right. But what if you could take that classically delicious and refreshing drink and make it even more fun? You would have the electric energy of the Blue Margarita.
What is a Blue Margarita?
In Margarita is a tequila based cocktail with lime juice and a slight hint of orange flavor. A Blue Margarita is very similar, but it has the addition of Blue Curacao orange liqueur.
The addition of Blue Curacao gives the Blue Margarita its distinct, bright, almost electric blue color. Because it is so vibrant, it is often associated with celebrations and parties and is really fun to drink.
What is Blue Curacao?
Blue Curacao is a liqueur with a bitter orange flavor. It was initially made using the dried peel of the laraha orange and named after the Dutch island on which it is found.
The most famous brand is likely the Bols version. Their distillery has been around since 1575, and they have always made a version of Curacao. Curacao is naturally colorless so it gets its bright blue color from food coloring.
Often people will lump the flavors of Blue Curacao and Triple Sec together since they both technically qualify as orange liqueurs. While they have different flavors they can both essentially serve the same purpose in a drink.
Which one you decide to use, unless it’s, of course, for the color, is entirely up to you and a matter of personal preference.
The Blue Margarita is just one of many variations of the Margarita. If you want to try different versions, you can of course try a classic Margarita. But if you want a little more variety, try out a blueberry Margarita, a strawberry Margarita, or any one of these recipes as a frozen Margarita.
How to salt a rim
For this particular drink, you actually will sugar the rim. However, the same principle applies for adding sugar or salt to a rim.
Typically I will take a small tea sized saucer and put a small amount of simple syrup onto it. I will then take a second saucer, an add either sugar or salt to it depending on the drink I’m making.
Simply dip the rim of the Margarita glass into the simple syrup, getting a good even coat. Then dip the wet rim into the salt or the sugar. Move the glass rim around to make sure the full rim is covered.
If you find that simple syrup is too sweet to use with a salt rim, you can use a lime wedge instead. All you need to do is place the lime on the rim of the glass as if you were using it to garnish and then run it the full circumference of the glass to get an even liquid coat. Then dip the rim in salt as you normally would.
The bright color of this drink may make it seem complicated to make. It’s really easy and you only need four ingredients; tequila, lime, Blue Curacao, and Triple Sec.
You will need:
– 1 1/2 oz tequila
– 1 oz Blue Curacao
– 1 oz lime juice
– 1/2 oz Triple Sec
– .5 simple syrup
– red food coloring
This recipe will definitely cure your blues!
Fill a small dish with sugar. Take your red food coloring and add a couple drops into it. The food coloring will bead up right away and will look like it won’t mix.
Don’t worry, it will. Use a small cocktail pick to mix the food coloring into the sugar. Mix thoroughly until the sugar is bright red. Pour the red sugar onto a tea saucer.
Take a second small tea saucer and pour a small amount of simple syrup onto it. Dip your Margarita glass rim into the simple syrup. Get a good coat all the way around the rim and then dip that into the red sugar.
Fill your shaker with ice.
Pour your tequila, Blue Curacao, Triple Sec, simple syrup, and lime juice into your shaker.
Place the top on your shaker and shake for 10 seconds.
After you finish shaking your drink, take the lid off and pour it into your Margarita glass. Stick three maraschino cherries onto a 4″ cocktail pick. Place the cherries into the drink as a garnish and you are finished.
- Margarita glass
- 4" cocktail pick
- 1½ oz Tequila
- 1 Blue Curacao
- 1 oz lime juice
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 3 maraschino cherries
- red food coloring
- pour sugar in small dish
- pour red food coloring into sugar
- food coloring will bead up initially. mix thoroughly until sugar is red
- pour a small amount of simple syrup on tea saucer
- pour red sugar on a second tea saucer
- dip the glass in simple syrup to coat the rim of the glass
- dip rim into red sugar
- set glass to the side
Mix Blue Margarita
- Fill tumbler with ice
- Pour in 1 oz lime juice
- add ½ oz simple syrup
- add in ½ oz Triple Sec
- add 1 oz Blue Curacao
- top off with 1½ oz tequila
- place lid on tumbler and shake for about 10 seconds
- Pour drink into margarita glass
- garnish with 3 maraschino cherries on a 4″ cocktail pick