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Blue agave margarita recipe

Blue agave margarita recipe

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This stunning blue drink makes me think of warm, sunny beaches. You can substitute simple syrup for the agave syrup.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 225ml tequila
  • 75ml blue Curaçao
  • 75ml orange-flavoured liqueur (e.g. Triple sec)
  • 150ml freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 8 limes)
  • 50ml agave syrup, or to taste
  • 4 lime wedges, to serve

MethodPrep:8min ›Ready in:8min

  1. Combine the tequila, blue Curaçao, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave syrup in a pitcher.
  2. Wet the outside rim of each glass with a lime wedge then dip the rims into a saucer of salt; fill glasses with crushed ice.
  3. Pour the tequila concoction over ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour over crushed ice in glasses and garnish with lime wedges.

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Yumerama! We made a big batch of these for a work happy hour, needless to say we all felt like we were on a tropical holiday, if only temporarily :-)-28 May 2015

I used tequila blanco and replaced the agave syrup with caster sugar. Great margarita!-10 May 2015

Here's our take on a classic margarita, no sour mix needed. The bright tartness from the lime plus the sweetness of the agave nectar blend to make a perfectly-balanced cocktail. The best thing about this margarita -- aside from its simplicity -- is that you can riff off of this basic formula. If you want to make a strawberry margarita, puree up some fresh strawberries and try various measurements to get your desired sweetness. Swap in some mezcal for a smokier taste. The possibilites are endless!

This recipe was submitted by Ashley Twist Cole, Editor-in-Chief, and is borrowed from a family friend, Tommy West.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup.

Shake well and pour everything into the prepared glass.

Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice and cherry. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • The blue margarita is on the tart side. If you want to sweeten it up, combine 1 1/2 ounces tequila, 3/4 ounce each of blue curaçao and lime juice, and 1/4 ounce of 2:1 simple syrup.

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.

Why Is Curaçao Blue?

Quite simply, blue curaçao has its color because at some point in its origin—almost certainly by the early 1900s—makers decided to add color to it. The artificial color does not affect its taste in fact, curaçao comes in other colors like orange, red, and green.

What Is Blue Curaçao Syrup?

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.

Does Blue Curaçao Go Bad?

Yes, eventually, but it'll last months or even years if stored properly. You want to store all liqueurs in a cool, dark place—refrigeration is not necessary, but the back of a cabinet is ideal. Keep in mind that liqueurs that have higher sugar content will tend to degrade more quickly, and blue curaçao nonalcoholic syrup will have a shorter shelf life than the liqueur.

What Is Blue Curaçao vs. Triple Sec vs. Cointreau?

There is no legal differentiation between blue curaçao and triple sec, and Cointreau is just one brand of triple sec. All are orange liqueurs. Curaçao can come in a variety of colors, of which blue is one. Triple sec is traditionally clear. While curaçao is said to originate from the Dutch Caribbean island of the same name, triple sec has its origins in France. (Triple sec literally translates to "triple dry," and it is indeed drier, or less sweet, than curaçao.) Curaçao is traditionally made from one very specific type of bitter orange, the laraha orange, which grows on the island of Curaçao however, there is no legal requirement that this needs to be the case for a product to be called curaçao.

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.

4 Steps to the Best-Ever Margarita

Cocktail geeks may swoon at the first sip of an expertly calibrated Manhattan or go on and on about the balance of a proper Martini, but we're ready to bestow a little love on one of the best libations north or south of the border: the Margarita. It's time you learned how to make one the right way. Margaritas concocted with store-bought sweet-and-sour mix (or, worse, a popular diet brand) arrive DOA: a sad glass of sugary water. When made with fresh lime juice, however, the Margarita is a revelation. We're serious about ridding the world of bad Margaritas, so here is our definitive recipe and everything else you need to know to master this summer's go-to cocktail.

How to Mix the Ultimate Margarita
The level of difficulty is low and the ingredients are few, but paying attention to the details is essential

Squeeze it
The single most important ingredient is fresh lime juice. Use any gadget you like--just please don't twist open a screw cap. For parties, juice the limes ahead and fill a squeeze bottle to keep at the ready.

Sweeten up
Notice there's no triple sec in our recipe? That's not a typo--and no, you won't miss it. We prefer light agave syrup for its complementary flavors (and shared origin) with tequila.

Go for silver
Always drink tequila made from 100 percent blue agave. It just tastes better. In Margaritas, use only blanco (a.k.a. silver or white) tequilas, which have a peppery, vegetal kick that won't get buried when mixed. Save your aged reposados for sipping.

Take it with a grain of.
Salt brings out the flavor in everything, but too much can be overwhelming. So we only salt halfway around the rim and are careful not to get any in the drink.

Next week we'll share some alternatives to this classic recipe--Alterna-Ritas, if you will.

Bloody Maria

Swap vodka for tequila in this adaptation of the Bloody Mary. Tequila has the power to ease digestion, which may be just what you need the next morning after a long night out.

  • 2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • .5 Tbsp prepared horseradish, to taste
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • Garnishes: Lime wedge, lemon wedge, cucumber spear, sweet pepper slices, jalapeño slices, and queso fresco

Method: Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake briefly and strain into pint glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish.

The history of the Margarita is steeped in mythology but we can assess from the timeline that it came into popularity in Northern Mexico sometime in the 1930s. The oldest reference I could find, came from a Newspaper in 1936 when James Graham wrote about a new drink he discovered being served in restaurants and bars while on vacation in Tijuana, Mexico. It was called a Margarita (Daisy in English) which was made from Tequila, Liqueur, and Lime Juice.

By 1945, Jose Cuervo was running ad campaigns for it with the slogan, “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.” They claim the cocktail was invented in 1938 by a bartender in honor of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.

Others have claimed to be the inventor but they all occur after the original 1936 Newspaper article.

Alton Brown's GOOD EATS Margarita Recipe

A fruity and refreshing margarita recipe from Alton Brown himself!

A margarita is a simple, classic cocktail that's been popular since the 1930s! And no wonder - that combination of deliciously sour lime, peppery tequila and orange is pretty unbeatable!

There are many, many variations of the basic margarita recipe, probably because tequila pairs so well with so many different kinds of fruit.

This recipe from Alton Brown is fairly classic in terms of flavor (tequila/orange/lime), but whereas many margarita recipes call for an orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier, this one uses fresh orange juice instead.

Can I use store-bought lime juice in my margarita?

It may be tempting to reach for a bottle of lime juice, but any cocktail connoisseur will tell you that it's no substitute for the freshly squeezed variety!

Some might even go so far as to say that the quality of the lime juice in the mix is more important than that of the tequila!

That being said, the 100% Blue Agave Tequila used in this recipe is the 'creme de la creme' of tequilas, and definitely the one we'd recommend.


Whilst this light and fruity margarita is perfect just as it comes, there are a few ways you can change it up!

Instead of serving it as a shaken cocktail, why not make it a frozen margarita instead?

Once you've extraced the juice from the orange and limes, simply add it to a blender along with the tequila, agave nectar and ice, then whiz it all together for a frosty and refreshing treat.

Switch the orange for an orange liqueur

Blue curacao is a good one to try, because it gives the cocktail such a fun and colorful appearance, without changing the flavor too drastically!

Use a different fruit

Try switching the orange for strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, peach, mango or pineapple. The possibilities are endless, and you can even try a combination of fruits.

We think it's definitely worth experimenting, in the interests of research, of course!

And if you love tequila, be sure to try this recipe for Raspberry Mint Tequila Smash.


Mixos and Silver tequilas are too harsh for this drink and not recommended.

For this margarita recipe look for a mellower Tequila. Either a good Reposado or Añejo tequila will work.

We chose 1800 reposado tequila. 1800 tequila is a good, affordable tequila label.

Reposado tequilas are made with 100% blue agave. The distillers age it in french or American oak barrels six months. The aging process mellows the flavors.

Añjo sipping tequilas are aged a year. That gives blue agave tequila an even deeper richer smokier flavor. Añejos are pricey. Enjoy these alone rather than mixed.

Grand Marnier:

The Cadillac Margarita is a Grand Marnier drink.

Some Cadillac margarita recipes call for cointreau or triple sec. They both have their places in Margarita recipes. But not here in my opinion.

Grand Marnier has a deep cognac flavor. For the Cadillac choose Grand Marnier.

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Agalima Frozen Margarita

Highlighting citrus and simplicity, this refreshingly cool classic is relaxation in a glass. Consider it a spa day substitute, especially during summer.

We source hand-harvested, organic limes from the finest growers to create the most authentic possible products. Our limes are then single-pressed to preserve their flavor, and the recipe is sweetened with Jalisco blue agave nectar.