Forget about being green with envy, be blue with the envy cocktail. This is a stunning blue-green cocktail that uses silver tequila and blue curaçao with a little pineapple to produce a great tropical flavor.
Serve it at your next beach or pool party in a deep cocktail or margarita glass for absolute eye appeal. The pineapple and orange curacao liqueur are perfect for any outdoor summer occasion.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Fresh squeeze pineapple juice will give you the best flavor. If you are using a fresh pineapple, you can also use a slice of pineapple as a garnish.
You can make the envy cocktail with other kinds of orange liqueur, but you won't get a lovely blue-green drink that you do when using blue curaçao. This liqueur is made on the island of Curacao from the dried peels of a bitter orange that grows there. The flesh of these oranges is too bitter to enjoy but the peels are very aromatic. They are dried and steeped in the alcohol base, which is fermented from cane sugar. The liqueur is colorless after distillation but the blue color is added with a food dye. Bols is the company that turned curacao blue and they are still a leading brand. Or, you may want to try the Genuine Curacao Liqueur by Senior. Other brands, such as De Kuyper, are available.
Silver tequila (also called blanco or white tequila) is clear, as opposed to the gold tequila that is used for shots. It is a good choice when you are mixing a tequila cocktail. It isn't aged more than a couple of weeks and is often budget-friendly. It can have a harsher flavor than gold tequila, but this is hidden in a mixed cocktail. Still, your best choice is a tequila you don't mind drinking straight, rather than the cheapest bottle on the shelf.
If you are ordering an envy cocktail at a bar, rather than mixing it at home, you may not get quite what you expected. It's a less-common request and you may have to specify the ingredients. There are recipes for envy cocktails that use melon liqueur, for example, to get a green color. Or, there are other envy cocktails that are neither green nor blue.
If you want to make a mocktail, there is a Finest Call non-alcoholic mixer available that provides the blue curacao color and flavor. It's a nice option for the non-drinkers at your party who want to sip a cooler that has the same color.