Blue Margarita Recipe

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Margarita

Great for

Summer

Difficulty

Easy

Front view of blue margarita cocktail

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 honor on your DIY drinks list.  

Full of zesty flavors 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 color. This, of course, is the result of the blue curacao (pronounced ‘cure-a-sow’) liqueur, which is one of the main cocktail ingredients. 

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. 

QUICK TIPS

01

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

02

Using freshly-squeezed lime juice adds a beautifully zesty note

03

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

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Blue curaçao liqueur 
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Freshly squeezed lime juice 
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Simple syrup
Coarse salt (optional) for the rim of the glass
Lime wedge, or orange slice and cherry to garnish 
Ice 

INSTRUCTIONS

01

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

02

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

03

Garnish to your taste and serve

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 flavor 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 color, 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-flavored 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-flavored liqueur like Grand Marnier or triple sec, if you have it to hand. In fact, the very popular Grand Marnier Margarita is something rather special. It combines Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge, tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar, and we are low-key obsessed

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A Blue Margarita contains tequila, blue curaçao liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. 

A Blue Margarita is a variation of the classic Margarita recipe. It features tequila, blue curaçao liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup as ingredients.

A Blue Margarita contains tequila, blue curaçao liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. You add these ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake it well, and then pour everything through a strainer into a glass with a salted rim. Popular garnishes include a lime wedge or an orange slice and cherry.  

If you are okay to lose the signature blue color that blue curaçao liqueur adds to a drink, you can replace it with any other orange-flavored liqueur and still retain the same flavor profile. 

Curaçao is an orange-flavored liqueur imbued with the dried peel of the bitter orange laraha, a citrus fruit grown on the Dutch island of Curaçao. It is available in various forms, though the most common are the orange-hued dry Curaçao and blue Curaçao, which is dyed bright blue.