Blue Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Blue Margarita, also known as the Blue Lagoon Margarita, is a twist on the classic Margarita cocktail. It was created in the 1970s, during a time when colorful and exotic cocktails were gaining popularity. The Blue Margarita is perfect for those who enjoy the refreshing taste of a traditional Margarita but want to try something new and visually striking.

  • Originated in the 1970s
  • A colorful twist on the classic Margarita
  • Popular among those seeking a visually appealing and refreshing cocktail

How Blue Margarita Tastes?

The Blue Margarita has a well-balanced taste, combining the tangy and sour flavors of lime and orange liqueur with the sweetness of blue curaçao. It is a strong and refreshing cocktail with a hint of tropical fruitiness.

Interesting facts about Blue Margarita

  • The blue color of the cocktail comes from the blue curaçao, a liqueur made from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.
  • The Blue Margarita is often served in a salt-rimmed glass, adding a savory contrast to the sweet and sour flavors of the cocktail.
  • The cocktail is sometimes garnished with a slice of lime or orange, adding an extra pop of color and enhancing the presentation.



  • Why: Tequila is the soul of a Margarita, providing the base spirit's unique, earthy undertones.
  • Flavor: It adds a robust kick that is both warming and complex.
  • Without it: You'd lose the signature kick, and it wouldn't be a Margarita anymore!

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Blue Curaçao

  • Why: Adds the 'blue' to your Margarita and a subtle bitter orange twist.
  • Flavor: It's sweet and fruity, which balances the tartness of the lime.
  • Without it: No stunning blue hue and you'd miss the orange flavor depth.

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Lime Juice

  • Why: Brightens up the drink and adds a refreshing zesty zip.
  • Flavor: The acidity cuts through the sweetness and enhances the tequila.
  • Without it: The drink would be flat and lack the crisp edge that defines a Margarita.

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Orange Liqueur

  • Why: Brings additional citrus complexity and sweetness.
  • Flavor: Rounds out the cocktail and ties all flavors together.
  • Without it: You'd have a less nuanced flavor profile.

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  • Why: Chills the drink while diluting it just right to smooth out the flavors.
  • Without it: A warm cocktail with concentrated flavors that might be too intense.

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  • Why: Provides a savory contrast to the cocktail's sweetness and sourness.
  • Flavor: Accentuates the tequila and can enhance taste perception.
  • Without it: The drink would lack its classic, palate-pleasing contrast.

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Garnish (Lime or Orange slice)

  • Why: Adds a pop of color and an aromatic hint before you even take a sip.
  • Flavor: A subtle, extra citrus note if you choose to squeeze it in.
  • Without it: Just a visual and aromatic charm will be missed.

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Recipe. How to make Blue Margarita Drink

  1. Prepare the glass:
    • Wet the rim of a margarita or rocks glass with a lime wedge.
    • Dip the rim in salt to coat it evenly.
  2. Make the cocktail:
    • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    • Add tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, and orange liqueur.
    • Shake well until chilled.
  3. Serve:
    • Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass over fresh ice.
    • Garnish with a lime or orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The briny sweetness of shrimp or fish tacos complements the citrusy tang of the Blue Margarita.
  • Mexican Cuisine: Classic dishes like ceviche, nachos with fresh pico de gallo, or chicken enchiladas can stand up to the bold flavors.
  • Snacks: Salty snacks such as chips and guacamole or even a light mango salsa provide a pleasant contrast.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: Keeps the palate cleansed between sips of the Blue Margarita.
  • Mexican Beer: A lager or pilsner can follow the margarita for a continuation of Mexican-inspired refreshment.

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What you could change in Blue Margarita

  • Blue Curaçao: Can be replaced with any other citrus-flavored blue liqueur.
  • Tequila: Can be substituted with white rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple sec can be used as a substitute.

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Classic Margarita

  • Ingredients: Substitute blue curaçao with triple sec.
  • Recipe: Same as above, but use triple sec for a more traditional margarita taste.
  • Taste: Expect a cleaner, more authentic margarita experience without the blue hue.

Spicy Blue Margarita

  • Ingredients: Add a slice of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño or mix in the hot sauce with the other ingredients before shaking.
  • Taste: A kick of spice complements the sweetness and adds an exciting twist to the cocktail.

Frozen Blue Margarita

  • Ingredients: Same as above, but with no fresh ice in the glass.
  • Recipe: Blend all the ingredients with a generous amount of ice to make a slushy texture.
  • Taste: A frosty variant that's smoother and perfect for hot days, while keeping the same tropical allure.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue Margarita

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blue Margarita

What type of tequila is best for a blue margarita?

A silver or blanco tequila is typically recommended because it has a smooth, clear flavor that pairs well with the blue curaçao.

Can the salt be omitted if I don't like salty cocktails?

Yes, the salt rim is optional. Its purpose is to bring out the other flavors in the cocktail, but if you don't like the taste of salt, you can simply omit it.

Is there a mocktail version of the blue margarita?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the tequila and the blue curaçao. Substitute blue curaçao with a blue-colored fruity syrup, and the tequila with a splash of non-alcoholic sparkling water or lemon-lime soda.

How can I get the blue color if I can't find blue curaçao?

If you can't find blue curaçao, you can try using blue food coloring. Add it to a neutral-flavored clear liqueur or just blend it into your non-alcoholic mix.

Can I premake the blue margarita and store it?

Yes, you can mix everything together and store it in the refrigerator. However, for the best flavor and presentation, it's suggested to add the ice and garnish just before serving.

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