This is such a fun drink! Not only is the blue margarita recipe easy but it’s beautiful and delicious! Using premium alcohol and homemade sweet and sour makes this cocktail a great choice for your weekend plans.
Is there harmful dye in this blue margarita?
No. Absolutely not. They use a natural blue dye!
When they first introduced the blue margarita at the restaurant where I worked, I thought the color was too much. I used to think they dyed the Curacao liqueur with some unnatural blue dye. I didn’t realize that they used a natural blue. It’s still a dye, but it’s not the type I thought.
So, you can rest easy when you mix a cocktail using blue Curacao.
Does this blue margarita need premium ingredients?
Okay, you do not have to use premium ingredients, but let me tell you, you will be happy when you do. Especially the tequila. Use the best you can afford. Try a taste test. Make this margarita with mid-level tequila, then make it with premium tequila like Patron and see if you can’t tell the difference.
You are already ‘compromising’ with blue Curacao as it is not considered premium. Now, if only Cointreau would make a blue version of its orange liqueur, then we would be sitting pretty. But, until then, the blue Curacao should be your only compromise.
Why do you advocate homemade sweet and sour?
Homemade sweet and sour mix is always the way to go. Why? Because the mix you get in the store is unbearably sweet. At least to me.
Once you make your own sour mix, you will never go back. Mark my word peeps, you heard it here!
Tips for making the Blue Margarita:
- Use the best ingredients you can find, just know that blue Curacao is not premium and there is no substitute
- Always make your own sweet and sour mix as you can control the ingredients
- Try using a 2:1 ratio of sour to sweet, if it isn’t sweet enough, you can always add more simple syrup
- Save money and make your own simple syrup: boil 1 cup of water to 1 cup of white sugar for 5 minutes
How to make the Blue Margarita
The collage below shows the process shots. After each ingredient is measured and poured out, I add them to the ice filled cocktail shaker.
- All the ingredients: tequila, limes, blue Curacao, and simple syrup. (I added Cointreau in the background because I want the brand to make a blue version) 😉
- Patron silver tequila
- Blue Curacao
- Fresh lime juice
- Simple syrup
All that is left is to cap the shaker and shake it for at least 30 seconds.
I grab my different margarita glasses and pour the blue margarita into them. I cut lime wheels and stick them on the side of the glasses.
I have since remade this delicious blue margarita and wanted to update the photos. The recipe is still for one blue margarita, but you’ll see three of them in different shaped glasses.
Which is your favorite?
Doesn’t that look GOOD? Yum! Let’s look at the vertical view of the electric blue margarita cocktail.
And the obligatory aerial view.
I hope you enjoyed this blue margarita recipe as much as I loved drinking it.
Would you please leave me a comment! Tell me what your favorite margarita is!
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
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- 2 ounces tequila I used Patron Silver
- 3/4 ounce blue Curacao
- 1 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice
- Add tequila, blue Curacao, lime juice and simple syrup
- Cap shaker and shake 10 times
- Pour contents into margarita glass, place lime wheel on the side of the glass
- Lift glass
There are three blue margarita's in glasses but this recipe is for one margarita!