Blue Margarita Recipe

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If you love to make a splash with a cool-looking cocktail that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, this easy Blue Margarita recipe definitely deserves a place of honour on your DIY drinks list.  

Learning how to make Blue Margaritas is easy as pie, and the results of this simple recipe is almost always a big hit with newbies and cocktail aficionados alike. 



Choose a premium tequila – the smoother the spirit, the tastier the cocktail


Using freshly-squeezed lime juice adds a beautifully zesty note


Blue curaçao liqueur has a shelf life of around 1 year (check before you pour)



1 Person

45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

Espolòn Tequila Blanco
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Blue curaçao liqueur 
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Freshly squeezed lime juice 
tablespoon Simple syrup
Coarse salt (optional) for the rim of the glass
Lime wedge, or orange slice and cherry to garnish 



In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour your tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup


Shake well and pour everything through a strainer into a glass with a salted rim


Garnish to your taste and serve

What is Blue Curaçao?

Full of zesty flavours and wonderfully refreshing from the very first sip, the Blue Margarita is also sometimes referred to as the Electric Margarita or Moonlight Margarita due to its distinctive colour. This, of course, is the result of the blue curacao (pronounced ‘cure-a-sow’) liqueur, which is one of the main cocktail ingredients. Curaçao is an orange liqueur alternative to Grand Marnier, made from an orange varietal called laraha grown on the Dutch island of Curaçao. The blue curaçao liqueur is dyed blue and gives our Blue Margarita recipe it’s signature blue colour.

How to make a Blue Margarita?

Making our Blue Margarita recipe could not be simpler. The magic happens when all the ingredients are shaken over ice briefly. No fancy bar kit is needed, a mason jar or a cocktail shaker is perfect. Pour it into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Dip the cold (damp) glass into a saucer of sea salt. Be fancy, mix in a little lime zest to the salt and only dip one side of the glass.

Blue Margarita variations

If you want to play around with Blue Margarita ingredients to create your own version of this popular drink, there are a few exciting tweaks you can make. Here are a few ideas:  

Swap the tequila for vodka. Although a Margarita is traditionally made with tequila, you can also quite easily build this drink on vodka as your spirit base. In fact, if you will be serving drinks to cocktail newbies, a vodka-based drink could very well be more to their liking since the flavour profile is quite neutral.  

Try orange or pineapple juice instead of lime. If you want to take the Blue Margarita into a sweeter space, try using orange or pineapple juice instead of lime. It might affect the drink‘s colour, so you may need to call it a Green Margarita rather than a blue, depending on what transpires when you pour the drink for your guests… 

Use another orange-flavoured liqueur. If you love the taste of a Blue Margarita but don’t feel too sure about the bright-blue hue, you can use a different other orange-flavoured liqueur like Grand Marnier or triple sec, if you have it to hand. This will also mean that the drink won’t live up to its original name, so you may need to get creative and dream up a new moniker for your signature drink. 

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Blue curaçao syrup is a non-alcoholic highly concentrated syrup that's tinted blue and orange flavoured. Ideal if you're wanting to turn this Marg into a mocktail.

Sip our blue margarita slowly, it's a spirit-forward drink, made with 40% ABV tequila and 30% ABV curaçao. Its boozy content sits around 20-25 percent ABV. Not as strong as a shot of tequila, but double a glass of vino

Blue curaçao is a bitter orange liqueur not too dissimilar to Grand Marnier, although much sweeter, which makes the bitter orange profile more subtle.

Our Blue Marg calls for an unaged clear or blanco tequila; one that doesn't add any colour like some of the aged ones. We favour a top-quality tequila like an Espolòn Tequila Blanco. It's clean, zesty flavours ( with pineapple notes) are perfect for this cocktail. It's made from 100% pure Blue Weber agave, no nasties included. You're less likely to end up with a sore head when you use a decent tequila for this Blue Marg.

Our Blue Marg contains a single shot of Espolon Tequila Blanco, but we mustn't forget our Margarita also contains a shot of blue curaçao.