Blue Margarita

Blue Margarita

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
143 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 143
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 1g
Calcium 47mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The blue margarita is a favorite summertime cocktail and it's incredibly easy to mix up. It's a fun blue drink that's also called the moonlight margarita or the electric margarita. By any name, it's a fantastic cocktail 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, blue color.


  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce lime juice (fresh)
  • Optional: salt (for rimming)
  • Garnish: orange slice and cherry or lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Blue Margarita ingredients
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  2. If you like, rim a chilled margarita glass with salt.

    Margarita glass with a rim of salt
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  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, blue curaçao, and lime juice.

  4. Shake well and pour everything into the prepared glass.

    Shaken Blue Margarita
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  5. Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice and cherry.

    Blue Margarita with orange and a cherry garnish
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  6. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

This recipe creates a blue margarita that is served over the ice used in the shaker. That's not always the best approach because the ice in your drink is already broken down, so it dilutes faster. It works well for the blue margarita, but 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: Strain the drink directly into a chilled cocktail or margarita glass with no ice.
  • In a Rocks Glass: Stemware is not required, so go the casual route and serve it in your favorite lowball glass on the rocks.
  • Blend It Up: Toss all of the ingredients into a blender with about 1 cup of ice (5 to 6 cubes) 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 clear orange liqueur, it simply comes in a different color.

You'll find a variety of blue curaçaos at the liquor store. It's generally 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 want great tasting drinks.

Whenever possible, spend a little more for a good bottle. Consider brands like Briottet, Herman Jansen, and 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.

Keep in mind that the name blue curaçao is also used with nonalcoholic syrups. Monin and Finest Call are two syrup brands that produce it; Monin is the top choice of the pair. These are not liqueurs, but blue-colored, orange-flavored syrups 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 and, despite its alluring color, it is not a light drink. When made with 80-proof tequila and 60-proof curaçao, its alcohol content falls in the 23 percent ABV (46 proof) range. That's about half the strength of a straight shot of tequila, so it's best to take it easy with this cocktail.