The ‘Breaking Bad’ Blue Sky Margarita

With only a few hours to go before the final episode of Breaking Bad, the mood is a little blue here around the Madtini Labs. Without our regular Sunday night fix of White family fun, New Mexico scenery and drug cartel wars we’re not sure how we’re going to keep ourselves entertained.

In honor of the Breaking Bad finale we cooked up a few Blue Sky Margaritas, so-named for the nearly pure form of crystal methamphetamine cooked up by Mr. White and Jesse.

Cheers

Breaking Bad Sky Blue Margarita

Breaking Bad - Blue Ice

Breaking Bad Blue Sky Margarita

Ingredients (makes 1 drink)

Blue Ice Chips:
3-4 drops of blue food coloring
water
shallow cooking pan

Blue Salt
Kosher Salt
3-4 drops of blue food coloring

Blue Sky Margarita
4 oz Tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 tspns superfine sugar
Wedge of lime
Margarita glass

Directions:

Blue Ice chips:
1. Fill a shallow cooking pan with approximately 1/4 inch of water. Squeeze 3-4 drops of blue coloring into the water and spread color evenly with a spoon.
2. Place the pan on a level surface in a freezer.
3. Once ice is solid, remove the pan and use a hammer to break up the ice into large chunks.

Blue Salt:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place a generous amount of salt (we used kosher salt) into a sandwich bag. Squeeze 3-4 drops of blue food coloring into the bag and work the mixture with your fingers until the color is evenly distributed through the salt.
3. Pour the salt onto a shallow baking sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes, until the moisture has been removed from the salt. Remove and let the salt cool.
4. After salt has cooled, place onto a shallow plate.

Blue Sky Margarita
1. Combine the tequila, blue curacao, lime juice, triple sec and sugar in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Cover and shake the mixture well.
2. Take a wedge of lime and rub onto the rim of the Margarita glass. Turn glass over, place into the blue salt and turn until the rim is covered.
3. Add several broken chips of blue ice to the glass and pour in the margarita.
4. Breathe deep and serve.

6 Fiesta-Worthy Margaritas to Celebrate National Margarita Day

National Margarita DayTuesday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day in the U.S., and we will stand shoulder to shoulder at the bar in our giant sombreros with our southern brothers and sisters on this most important celebration.

The origins of the Margarita are disputed, and the Wikipedia page sums up some of the most popular theories. But, no one can argue that the Margarita is a dang good drink, in fact it was the most ordered mixed drink in America in 2008 according to Cheers On-Premise Handbook representing 18% of all orders (behind were Martini, Run & Coke, Vodka & Tonic and the Cosmopolitan). According to Brown-Forman in 2008 Americans ordered an average of 185,000 Margaritas per hour. Now that my friends is a happy hour!

Here are 6 of our favorites Margaritas. Set your blenders to awesome!

1. Classic Lime Margarita

Classic Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauza Tequila
  • 1.5 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Spread salt in a small dish. Wet the rum of a cocktail glass (we need to do a resupply run on our Margarita glasses), turn turn the glass in the salt, covering the rim. Combine the tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well for 5-6 seconds and then strain into the cocktail glass.

2. Strawberry Lime Margarita

Strawberry-Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1.5 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 4-5 frozen whole strawberries
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Combine the frozen strawberries and sugar in the blender and pulse until they are chopped well. Add the ice and pulse again. Next, stir the tequila, lime juice and triple sec in a separate glass. Gradually pour the mixture into the blender until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into cocktail glasses rimmed with coarse salt. Garnish with a slice of lime.

3. Blueberry Lime Margarita

Blueberry Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 oz blueberry blend juice
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 tbsp frozen limeade
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Coarse salt for rim

Preparation
Add the ice to the blender,  pulse until crushed. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt. Lean Spanish, then pour and serve.

4. Cranberry Lime Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 2-3 drops of hot sauce
  • salt & chili powder for rim

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili powder rim. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass.

5. Jalapeno Lime Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • thin slices of japaleno pepper
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • 6 celery leaves

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt  to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim. add the slices of jalapeno to the blender, add lime juice, simple syrup and the celery leaves – pulse until the pieces are chopped. Add triple sec, agave nectar and tequila and blend until smooth. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with the rest of the jalapeno pepper.

6. Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple Chili Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed pineapple juice
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp agave nectar

Preparation
Start by moistening the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder together on a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim (delicious!). Add the tequila, 1/2 tbsp on agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with slices of lime and jalapeño.

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