Blue is not Christmas green or red, but the blue of blue curacao is surely a message of celebration. This cocktail, from Holiday Cocktails by Jessica Strand, is a beautiful surprise. You may love tequila. You probably love champagne, or some sparkling wine. Citrus flavors always make the palette sparkle. In this drink, you combine all those flavors in one enchanting beverage.

This recipe calls for champagne but obviously any sparkling wine will create interesting flavors. I particularly like Cava. A little added sweetness is a great match for the lime juice here. And, as usual, lemon juice can be substituted for the lime juice to form a different flavor profile.

This cocktail can easily be scaled up. A pitcher of these would be a fine way to begin a holiday party.

Feliz Navidad

Yield: 1 drink


  • 1 ounce blue curacao
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces champagne
  • Citrus slice for garnish [orange, lemon, or lime]


Pour the blue curacao, tequila, lime juice, and champagne into a glass — classic cocktail or red wine — filled with 4 to 5 ice cubes. Stir with a bar spoon, then garnish with the orange slice.

Source: Holiday Cocktails by Jessica Strand