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BLUE MARGARITA

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Revive your vacation spirit with a Blue Margarita! It’s like a tropical vacation served up in glass! This tequila cocktail recipe is from a beachfront resort in Mexico. Sip it around the pool, or on the beach with toes in the sand.

PIN BLUE CURACAO MARGARITA

Blue Margarita in a blown-glass Mexican Margarita glass with a blue rim.

Margaritas were invented in Baja California around 1938. During prohibition, Americans craving party cocktails would cross the border into Mexico. Years later, Blue Curacao was added to the mix, and the Blue Margarita was born!

Authentic Mexican Blue Margaritas in hand-blown Margarita glasses from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

Quick to assemble, these easy tequila cocktails are perfect for weekend parties and Mexican fiestas. They’re also a favorite for beach weddings.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Margarita salt (for rimming glasses)
  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Mexican limes (key limes)
  • Blue Curacao (orange liqueur)
  • Simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnishes: lime slice and/or orange slice

COCKTAIL SMARTS: No simple syrup? No problem! For a Blue Margarita, you can use powdered sugar, or 2 teaspoons of superfine sugar instead.

If you only have granulated sugar, no problem. Just run it through a food processor for 30 seconds to grind it down and you’re ready to go!

Ingredients for authentic Blue Margarita recipe.

BARWARE

For these simple tequila cocktails, you won’t a need a blender or expensive barware. All that’s required are a few basic pieces: glassware and utensils for prepping easy drink recipes.

  • 2 Margarita glasses
  • Small dish – for Margarita salt
  • Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Lime press

TIP FOR RIMMING GLASSES: There are several ways to moisten the edge of a glass before dipping it in coarse salt or Tajín. But the best method is using simple syrup. Because it’s sticky, the Margarita salt will adhere to it easily.

How to rim a Margarita glass with coarse salt.

HOW TO MAKE A BLUE MARGARITA

RECIPE PREP: Rim the drinking surface of Margarita glasses with coarse salt. Prep fruit slices for garnishing. To make things extra festive, pull out a jar of Maraschino cherries (optional) and bamboo cocktail picks.

  • STEP 1: Fill the cocktail shaker halfway full with ice. Add Tequila, triple sec, Blue Curacao, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  • STEP 2: Using a lime press, squeeze juice from the limes. Add the lime juice to the container.
  • STEP 3: Put the lid on the shaker. Secure it. Shake hard for 30 seconds. 
  • STEP 4: Pour the Blue Margarita into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with fruit, as desired.

HOW TO RELEASE THE MAXIMUM JUICE FROM A LIME: This is a bartender’s tip! On your work surface, beneath the palm of your hand, roll each lime back and forth several times. Exert light pressure as you roll. Then use a lime press to squeeze out the juice.

How to make Blue Margarita recipe, step by step, as show in 4 overhead images.

WANT A SWEETER MARGARITA? Lime juice is very tart. Although sweet, Blue Curacao has a slightly bitter finish. To tamp down the tart and bitter tastes, add more simple syrup to the mix.

Tequila cocktails, including a Blue Margarita, on the beach in Mexico.

recipe faq

WHAT TYPE OF TEQUILA FOR A BLUE MARGARITA?

Most Blue Margaritas feature silver tequila (blanco). It’s un-aged, clear in color, and is ideal for assembling Mexican cocktails. Reserve your best aged Tequila for sipping!

WHAT IS BLUE CURACAO?

It’s an orange liqueur that originated in the 19th century. It’s gets its flavor from the peel of dried Laraha (a citrus fruit) grown on the island of Curacao. Blue food coloring provides this otherwise colorless liqueur with a distinct tropical vibe and a sense of mystery.

HOW TO RIM A COCKTAIL GLASS?

Pour coarse salt into a shallow dish that’s larger than the rim of the cocktail glass. Apply liquid to the rim of the glass. Use a wedge of citrus fruit, lime juice, water or simple syrup. Holding the cocktail glass upside down, dip the rim into salt and twist. Gently shake off excess salt.

HOW STRONG IS A BLUE MARGARITA?

It’s a fairly strong tequila cocktail. One Blue Margarita is about half the strength of a shot of Tequila. With both Blue Curacao and Tequila in the mix, the cocktail is about 46 proof. Don’t drink and drive.

CAN THIS TEQUILA COCKTAIL BE BATCHED FOR PARTIES?

Absolutely! It’s the ideal make-ahead cocktail for parties. Prep the Blue Margarita mixture without ice. Store it in the fridge or in an iced-down beverage container. When ready to serve, pour the mixture over ice in salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish and enjoy.

RECIPE VARIATIONS?

1. Serve cold without ice! Chill cocktail glass in advance. Prep Blue Margarita mix in advance and chill. Pour the cold drink into the chilled glass, without ice.
2. Serve as a blended Margarita! Add drink ingredients to a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend until it’s the consistency of a smoothie.

WHAT TO MAKE WITH LEFTOVER BLUE CURACAO?

Make a Blue Lagoon or Blue Whale Cocktail.

Blue Margarita in a Mexican bar glass garnished with orange slice, lime slice, and Maraschino cherry.

MORE party drink recipes

Tequila cocktails like Blue Margaritas are a party favorite. But when entertaining a crowd, always offer a mix of options. Have plenty of iced down water and sodas on hand, and some fun non-boozy drinks.

Blue Margarita and tequila cocktails on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Make drink recipes that are festive, not boring!

Two Blue Curacao Margarita in Mexican cocktail glasses rimmed with Margarita salt and garnished with fruit.

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Friends here in Mexico say these Blue Margaritas are the best Tequila cocktails! It’s a resort recipe that’s been refined over time.

The equal parts triple sec, Blue Curacao and simple syrup deliver the best flavor when mixed with Tequila and lime juice. Not too tart. Not too sweet.

If you agree this is the best Tequila cocktail for summer gatherings, give it a 5-star rating in the comments. Share the recipe with a friend!

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Blue Margarita in a Mexican bar glass garnished with orange slice, lime slice, and Maraschino cherry.

BLUE MARGARITA


Description

This Blue Margarita is the signature drink of seaside Mexican resorts. It’s now easier than ever to bring that vacation vibe home. Make these easy tequila cocktails for your summer parties!


Ingredients

Scale
  • Margarita salt (for rimming glasses)
  • 4 oz Tequila (like Silver Patron Blanco)
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 6 Mexican limes (key limes)
  • 2 oz Blue Curacao (orange liqueur)
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnishes: lime slice and/or orange slice

Instructions

BLUE MARGARITA RECIPE

RECIPE PREP: Rim the Margarita glass with coarse salt. Holding the glass upside down, dip the edge of the glass into simple syrup to lightly moisten the drinking surface. Then dip the edge of the glass into a dish of Margarita salt. Twist the glass until it’s well coated.

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice.
  2. Add Tequila, triple sec, Curacao, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. With a lime press, squeeze the juice from limes into the container.
  4. Securely attach the shaker lid. Shake hard for 30 seconds. 
  5. Pour the Blue Margarita into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with fruit, as desired.

Notes

HOW TO RELEASE THE MAXIMUM JUICE FROM A LIME: This is a bartender’s tip! On your work surface, beneath the palm of your hand, roll each lime back and forth several times. Exert light pressure as you roll. Then use a lime press to squeeze out the juice.

HOW TO BATCH THIS TEQUILA COCKTAIL FOR PARTIES: Prep the Blue Margarita mixture without ice. Store it in the fridge or in an iced-down beverage container. When ready to serve, pour the mixture over ice in salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish and enjoy.

BLENDED BLUE MARGARITA:  Add drink ingredients to a blender with 1 cup ice. Blend until mixture has a smoothie consistency. Pour cocktail into a salt-rimmed glass.

RECIPE VARIATION – NO ICE: Chill cocktail glass in advance. Prep Blue Margarita mix in advance and chill. Pour the cold drink into the chilled glass, without ice.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE: A Blue Margarita is a fairly strong cocktail. One serving is about half the strength of a shot of Tequila. With both Blue Curacao and Tequila in the mix, this cocktail is about 46 proof. 

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktails, Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Blue Margarita, Tequila Cocktails

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What are your favorite tequila cocktails? Is one of them a Blue Curacao Margarita? Below, share your thoughts on tropical drinks for summer entertaining. I’d love to hear from you!

7 thoughts on “BLUE MARGARITA”

  1. This was a smash hit! So striking, plus it was a cinch to put together! Looking forward to whipping up this drink more often this summer. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. I love the vibrant blue and it’s perfect for our next gathering! I’m so excited to make these!

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  3. This is the most perfect drink for the summer and especially for the 4th of July! I just made the recipe and it tastes like vacation. I can’t wait to make these for all my friends!

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  4. What a fun margarita! That pretty blue totally transports me to the beach for some tropical sipping. I’m enjoying one now. Love it!

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