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Blue Moon Margarita

Imagine sipping a drink as blue as the ocean.  You can hear the ocean and the sound of steel drums.  Are you in heaven?  In Key West?  In your back yard?  This Blue Moon Margarita will transport you to paradise no matter where you are.

blue moon margarita

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a glass filled with ice and enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 oz silver tequila

1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao

1 1/2 oz pineapple juice

7 oz margarita mix

I use homemade margarita mix, but feel free to use store bought.

This drink is on the sweeter side of cocktails, but not too sweet.  It’s that in-between cocktail… that dangerous, could drink a lot of these cocktails…so be responsible!

I love the color of this drink.  The blue is ocean blue and it has me thinking about what is Blue Curacao and where did it come from.  The Lucas Bols distillery was founded in 1575 in Amsterdam.  They discovered the laraha which is a fruit similar to an orange.  When the Spanish tried to grow oranges in Curacao, the fruit was inedible.  It was very bitter, but the peels produced a very aromatic extract or oil.  The Bols distillery exported that oil back to Amsterdam and created the modern day Curacao.

Blue coloring was added to the liqueur to create an “element of alchemical mystery”.  This liqueur is also known as Creme de Ciel, or Cream of Heaven, because of its blue color.  Although it is blue in color, it has an orange flavor.

So, what’s the difference between Orange and Blue Curacao?  Nothing, except the coloring.   Actually, you can even use Triple Sec or Grand Marnier if you need an orange liqueur for your cocktail.  But, but the blue color is just so darn inviting and tropical, I think it’s worth buying the bottle and having it on hand.

 

 

(credit/adapted from:  margaritaville.com, wikipedia.com)

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