Feeling blue? Well say good bye to your funk and try my Blue Margarita! The intense blue lagoon color will make you think that you are on vacation even if you are not. Blue Margaritas are a nice alternative to the common Margarita we all know and love.
You might not find Blue Margaritas during Happy Hour at your local watering hole, but you can certainly make them at home time and time again, or take them to a party like my husband and I have done in the past. Actually, we were recently invited to a party on a friend’s boat, so the Blue Margaritas certainly fit the scene.
Blue Margaritas use Blue Curacao, a liquor similar to Triple Sec which is used in the more traditional Margaritas. You will not find much difference in taste, but the color certainly bring a new colorful dimension to your drink. It is important that you use only fresh squeezed lemon juice and not the margarita mix stuff that comes in the squirt bottle.
My husband and I have been wracking our brains trying to remember where it is we first had Blue Margaritas, so far our efforts have not rendered anything. Oh well!!! The most important thing is that we were able to duplicate it before the memory was completely rinsed from our brain by the Tequila.
Now, I always salt the rim of the glass, personal preference, but you don’t have to. I also do not put ice in my glass as I feel it waters down the drink. Again, we all have different tastes. Shaken, not stirred! Enjoy your Blue Margarita any which way you want!
Here are some key tips on how to make a great margarita from scratch. I like to use a clear tequila like Sauza silver for this drink. Slice your lemon or lemons depending on how many you are making and reserve small slice for each glass. The salted rimmed glass is super easy and do this before you are ready to pour. Have a small bowl of salt or sometimes I like to use a saucer with kosher salt. You don’t need to buy any fancy margarita salt, I think Kosher salt’s texture is just great for this cocktail. Take your reserved slice of lemon and rub it around the rim of the glass and then dip the rim into the salt. Voila! Salted rim! Shake off any excess salt over the sink. Drop the lemon slice into the glass for a garnish. Next fill up your shaker with ice, tequila, blue Curacao and lemon juice then shake. Pour this into your glass and enjoy!
As long as you are making these, you might as well pair them with Mango Black Bean Salsa and some chips. If you are looking for some other trendy cocktails you might want to try this pomegranate margarita. If you want another tropical libation try a coconut mojito for a sweet and tangy combination. If you are after a more classic cocktail the you can try two versions of my husband’s favorite: The Manhatan. Enjoy!
Here is my go-to fresh margarita recipe. No store mix just fresh squeezed lemon juice and blue curacao for a nice ocean beach blue color. Shake it up and serve or pour over the rocks.
This yields 1 Blue Margarita served in a standard Margarita glass
- 1 oz lemon juice fresh squeezed juice
- 1 oz Tequila white, I like Sauza silver
- 1 oz Blue Curacao
- 1 lemon slice garnish
- Pour all ingredients except lemon slice into a shaker with ice. Shake well. Serve cold and pour into a chilled Margarita glass.
- Top with lemon slice.
- If you like a salted margarita, take a slice of lemon and rub it around the rim then dip the glass in kosher salt. The salt will stick to the lemon juice.