Blue Mermaid Margarita Recipe
Calling all mermaids this is your cocktail.
it’s summer in a glass. This cocktail will bring back memories of summers past.
It smells delicious, tastes like summer, and actually pairs really well with anything barbequed.
The dreamy turquoise blue margarita is almost too pretty to drink.
Delightfully fruity without being too sweet, this is the perfect cocktail for a day by the pool with your best pals.
Totally easy-breezy, you can whip up a couple of cocktails or an entire pitcher in under 10 minutes.
Perfect for summer entertaining.
The Secret to Perfect Margaritas
Skip the Mix
The best Margaritas use fresh everything – fruit, lime + quality tequila, and good orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
Perfect Margarita Formula | 2+2+1 = perfection
2 parts tequila + 2 parts fruit juice(s)* + 1 part orange liqueur (or excellent quality triple sec).
Perfect Blue Mermaid Margarita Formula | 2+2+1
2 parts tequila + 1/2 parts fruit juice(s) + 1 part flavored liqueur + a splash or 2 of good Blue Curacao
*+ simple syrup or agave nectar to taste.
Note: If adding an additional liqueur, like the coconut rum for this drink reduce or eliminate the amount of Cointreau.
3 Rules to Making The Perfect Margarita
#1 Use Good Tequila
For the best results use a high-quality tequila, made with 100 percent agave. High quality doesn’t need to be expensive. There are a lot of tequilas on the market today, check reviews, and ask for recommendations from the liquor store staff.
#2 Use Fresh Lime Juice
For me, there’s nothing better than a perfectly mixed margarita. And fresh lime juice is part of my must-have ingredients. Grab a bag of lime and a low priced juicer – I bought one on Amazon for under $20.
I save single-serve glass juice bottles and use those to store my fresh squeezed lime juice. It will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator. If I don’t use it all during the week, I’ll stick it in the freezer and freeze until I need it again.
#3 Use High-Quality Triple Sec
Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. And as the popularity of drinks that use Triple Sec grew, so did the number of cheap, way too sweet options. My bar is stocked with Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and something blue to make my signature mermaid + tiki drinks! In the blue department, I like Drillaud Blue Curacao (inexpensive), Giffard Blue Curacao, or Senior “The Genuine” Blue Curacao. I can work with Bols Blue Curacao if it’s all I can find. Skip the really inexpensive like Dekuyper, unless you really want sweet.
You want to look for a Triple Sec that is 78 – 80 poof. Lower alcohol usually means sweeter and lower quality.
Serious Eats has a really great article to learn more about orange liqueurs. Click to read.
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Grab your glass and cocktail umbrellas cand let make a pitcher or two of these dreamy dreamy blue margaritas.
*This will make two cocktails. To make a pitcher just change the number of servings and the recipe will recalculate. Simple, right?
Blue Mermaid Margarita Recipe
- 4 oz Blanco Tequila - or silver
- 2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
- 4 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz lime juice - fresh squeezed
- 1/2 oz blue curaçao - more or less to achieve the desired color
- pineapple wedges
- club soda - optional
To Make 2 Cocktails
- Mix all ingredients except blue curaçao in a large clear cocktail shaker.
- Shake until mixed and well chilled.
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge and serve.
- Add blue curaçao a little at a time, until you have the desired color.
- Optionally top with club soda when serving, if you want to lighten the alcohol content.
To Make a Pitcher
- Change the number of servings in the recipe and it will recalculate the recipe.
- Mix juices first, then add spirits except for the blue curaçao in a large pitcher with ice. Stir vigorously.
- Add blue curaçao a little at a time, until you have the desired color. Do not add club soda until ready to serve, if desired.
- Remove ice from the pitcher or it will dilute the cocktail.
- Serve over ice and top with club soda if desired.
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