A Blue Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

Blue Curacao makes a pretty twist on a classicHere is a recipe for our favourite Blue Margarita, in time for Cinco de Mayo. Karin Pacione of DolceDolce loves it. When she first learned how to make it, she went home to California and it made a splash pouring it there. I’m flattered; the left coast is hard to please when it comes to Beachy cocktails. This is our pretty and tasty version. Try it and you’ll be a fan. And when you make your Margaritas from scratch, you get rid of all the high-calorie junky mixers, too!

For one (multiply exactly to make a batch)
Juice of 2 limes, and extra lime for garnish
Juice the lime and add it to the shaker.
1½ oz. tequila – I like a gold tequila, but use what you prefer.
½ oz. Blue Curaçao. Blue Curaçao taste like citrus mixed with passion fruit. It’s very tropical-tasting.
Add 1-2 tsp simple syrup – to taste.
Add ice and let stand 30 seconds. Shake and serve into salt-rimmed glasses. Use kosher salt. Rub the rim of the glass with the cut lime and roll it in Kosher or sea salt for the classic salt edge. Garnish the drink with extra lime wedges if desired.
To make simple syrup
1/3 cup sugar (1part)
2/3 cup water (2 parts)
Place water and sugar in heavy sauce pan and heat it to a boil. Stir gently, until you have clear syrup. Cool and store in a clean jar or bottle. You now have simple syrup for cocktails, to make fresh lemonade, or even to sweeten iced tea.