The Blue Margarita is a favorite summertime cocktail and it's incredibly easy to mix up. This fresh, brilliantly blue drink is also called the Moonlight Margarita or the Electric Margarita. By any name, it's a fantastic drink that you won't want to miss.
This popular recipe puts a simple twist on the Margarita. Essentially, all you're doing is using blue curaçao to replace the triple sec of the original recipe. Everything else remains the same, so you still get to enjoy a fresh, made-from-scratch Margarita, it just happens to have a beautiful, deep blue color.
- If you like, rim a chilled margarita glass with salt.
- Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and pour everything into the prepared glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice and cherry.
3 More Ways to Serve the Blue Margarita
This recipe will create a Blue Margarita that is served over the ice used in the shaker. This is not always the best option because the ice in your drink is already broken down, so it will dilute faster.
However, there are other ways to serve this (or any) margarita.
- Over Fresh Ice - Strain the drink into your glass over fresh ice so the ice will not melt as quickly.
- As an "Up" Drink - Forget the ice and strain the drink directly into a chilled cocktail or margarita glass.
- Blend It Up - Toss all of the ingredients into a blender with about 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
What Is Blue Curaçao?
Blue curaçao (pronounced kurra-sow) is nothing more than regular curaçao with a blue coloring agent. It has the same great taste of the other orange liqueur, it simply comes in a different color.
There is a great variety of blue curaçaos available on the market. It is known to be an inexpensive liqueur and it is possible to pick up a bottle for $10 or less. However, as with many cheap liqueurs, these are not necessarily the best options.
If you can, try to spend a little more for a good bottle. Consider brands like Herman Jansen, Briottet, or Marie Brizard. If you'd like to stick within the $10 range, Bols Blue Curaçao is one of your best options. You'll find that this simple upgrade makes a great difference in all of your blue drinks.
You should also be aware that the name blue curaçao is used with non-alcoholic syrups. Monin and Finest Call are two syrup brands that produce it, with Monin being the top choice of the two.
These are not liqueurs, but blue-colored, orange-flavored syrups and are often found in the mixer section at the liquor store. They're useful for creating blue mocktails and for those times when you want to cut some of the alcohol out of your cocktails.
How Strong Is the Blue Margarita?
This Blue Margarita is made primarily of alcohol, so it is not what we consider a light drink. When made with an 80-proof tequila and 60-proof curaçao, it has an estimated alcohol content of 23 percent ABV (46 proof).