This Blue Mermaid Water Margarita is a refreshing and visually stunning cocktail that combines the flavors of blue curaçao, coconut tequila, pineapple, and lime, with a touch of glitter for added teal shimmer. It’s the perfect summer cocktail and also works well for any occasion that calls for a bit of glamour.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Visually stunning: The glitter in this Blue Mermaid Water Margarita is a spectacle that is sure to impress anyone who sees it.
- Refreshing and delicious: This cocktail combines the flavors of blue curaçao, coconut tequila, and tropical fruit juices to create a refreshing and satisfying drink that’s perfect for any occasion.
- Easy to make: Despite its impressive appearance, this cocktail is actually quite easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients and some edible glitter. It’s a drink that anyone can make and enjoy, regardless of their mixology skills.
- Coconut tequila: Using flavored tequila adds a delicious and subtle coconut flavor to the drink. If you don’t have coconut tequila, your favorite blanco or silver tequila will still produce great results.
- Blue curaçao: This is a blue-colored liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter oranges, which adds a vibrant blue color to the cocktail. It’s used as a replacement for triple sec in a traditional margarita. When combined with the yellow from the pineapple juice, it gives the cocktail vibrant blue-green mermaid colors.
- Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is an essential ingredient in any margarita, including this Mermaid Water Margarita. You can use a hand juicer to make the process easier.
- Pineapple juice: Fresh pineapple juice takes quite a bit more effort than making freshly squeezed lime juice, so using canned or bottled pineapple juice is perfectly fine.
- Edible glitter: This adds a touch of glamour and sparkle to the cocktail, making it a visually stunning drink that is sure to impress. You can find edible glitter dust very easily on Amazon. You can also use glitter gel icing from the baking aisle at the grocery store, but it doesn’t quite give the same effect as the dust.
- Lime slices and salt for a rim (optional): You can place the lime slices on the rim of the glass and/or float on top of the drink for an added visual element. You can also use salt or sugar on the rim for an added layer of flavor.
Steps 1 and 2: Add the coconut tequila, blue curacao, and juices to an empty cocktail shaker.
Steps 3 and 4: Add a pinch of edible glitter. Add ice cubes to the shaker and shake until well chilled.
Step 5 and 6: Strain the cocktail into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice or two, if desired.
Tips and Variations:
- Make it into a frozen margarita: Add the ingredients and a handful of ice to a blender to make a margarita slushie. You can also freeze coconut milk in an ice cube tray and use some of those to blend for a creamy coconut slushie!
- Make it into a fruity rum punch: Use white or coconut rum in place of tequila for a twist on the original.
- Add a salt or sugar rim: Moisten the rim of the glass, pour the sugar or salt on a plate, dip the rim of the glass in the mixture, tap off excess, and proceed with straining the margarita into the glass. You can also use blue or teal sugar for the rim!
- Make some adult juice pouches for the beach: This cocktail has a total beachy flavor and vibe, so it’s perfect for a hot summer day at the beach. Using these reusable juice pouches can turn this mermaid cocktail into a fun beach drink without fear of broken glass in the sand. They’re also perfect for any outdoor party. I’ve included instructions on making a large batch in the notes of the recipe.
What is blue curaçao?
Blue curaçao is a blue colored orange liqueur. It can be used almost interchangeably with triple sec. Historically, it is a brandy-based liqueur, although many brands do not follow the traditional method, especially the blue variety of curaçao.
Where can I buy edible glitter?
You can find it on Amazon, of course! I’ve also used glitter gel icing that I found in the grocery store baking aisle, but it doesn’t quite have the same effect.
Can I make a big batch of Mermaid Water Margaritas for a crowd?
Yes, this recipe does really well scaled up. You can find directions and measurements to serve 8 in the recipe notes below.
Can I make a batch in advance?
Yes, you can make a batch of this cocktail up to 1 day in advance. Simply store it in a pitcher in the fridge until ready. Avoid adding ice to the pitcher as not to dilute the cocktail. Instead allow the ice in the cocktail glasses do the chilling or if you’re outside, you can nestle the pitcher in a large bucket of ice to keep cool without dilution.
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Blue Mermaid Water Margarita
- 1 ½ ounces coconut tequila
- 1 ounce blue curaçao
- ½ ounce lime juice
- 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
- 1 pinch edible glitter (optional)
- Lime slices for garnish (optional)
- Add the coconut tequila, blue curacao, and juices to a cocktail shaker.
- Add a pinch of edible glitter and ice cubes. Shake until well chilled.
- Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime slices, if using.
- 1 ½ cups coconut tequila
- 1 cup blue curaçao
- ½ cup lime juice
- 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
- 2-3 large pinches of edible glitter (optional)
- Lime slices for garnish (optional)
- Add the coconut tequila, blue curacao, juices and edible glitter to a large pitcher.
- Stir well and chill – can be made in advance up to 1 day in advance.
- Add the lime slices to the pitcher (if using) just before serving as the pith in the lime can give off a slight bitter flavor when soaked in liquid for a long period of time.
- Stir well again prior to serving.
- Tip: Avoid adding ice to the pitcher as not to dilute the cocktail. Instead allow the ice in the cocktail glasses do the chilling or if you’re outside, you can nestle the pitcher in a large bucket of ice to keep cool without dilution.