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Azulito Drink Recipe

by Olivia Jackson
Azulito Drink Recipe

As we step closer to the warmth of the summer season, the world seems day by day a notch brighter, more vivid, and more inviting. The sun lazily droops into a score of tangerine hues, spilling the sky with an inviting, dreamy crowd of dreams. These are the best times to explore the refreshing paradise of tropical drinks, quenching our thirst and enlivening our senses. And what better place to start than with an exotic, mesmerising cocktail that promises to transport you to the picturesque beaches of Mexico?

Today, we’re unpacking the gorgeousness of the Azulito, a lively drink that dances between the tropical notes and spirited kicks; all encased in an enticingly deep blue hue that mirrors the endless ocean. Derived from the Spanish word ‘azul,’ which translates to blue, this drink truly embodies the essence of a warm coastal breeze and the cool waves lapping at your feet.

How to make Azulito

Azulito is a traditional Mexican beverage made from blue corn masa (dough made from ground blue corn) mixed with water, sugar, and sometimes flavored with cinnamon or other spices. It is typically served hot and can be enjoyed as a comforting and flavorful drink, especially during colder weather. It has its roots in indigenous Mexican cuisine and is known for its unique blue color, which comes from the blue corn. It offers a distinctive taste that combines the earthiness of the blue corn with the sweetness of the sugar and the warmth of the spices.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Tequila
  • 20 ml Blue Curaçao
  • 20 ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 20 ml Sugar Syrup or Agave Nectar
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt (to rim the glass)
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rim your Glass: Firstly, slice a lime into a wheel and slide it over the rim of your glass to wet it. Once done, dip the rim into a plate of coarse salt. Now your glass is perfectly embellished and ready!
  2. Mix your Drink: In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, blue curaçao, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds or until the outside of your shaker becomes frosty.
  3. Pour: Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass you prepared, making sure to strain out the ice.
  4. Garnish and Serve: Lastly, place a lime wheel on the rim of your glass for that extra aesthetic touch and serve.

Tips for the Perfect Azulito

  • Quality Matters: Use good quality tequila and fresh lime juice for the best Azulito experience. The quality of your ingredients will always reflect in the overall taste of your drink.
  • Balance the Sweet and Sour: The sugar syrup in this recipe can be adjusted to your taste. However, be cautious to balance it in harmony with the tang of the lime juice for the best results.
  • Practice Safety: Remember to enjoy your Azulito responsibly. Always be mindful of your alcohol intake.
  • Experiment: Feel free to add your special touches to the Azulito. A little personalization can go a long way in creating a memorable experience. For a bit of fizz, top off the mixed drink with some soda water or club soda.

What to serve with

Serving the right accompaniments with your Azulito can elevate the entire experience, turning a simple cocktail hour into a memorable journey of flavors. Here are some delightful dishes and snacks that pair wonderfully with the vibrant and tropical notes of the Azulito drink.

1. Seafood Delights

  • Ceviche: This refreshing dish, with its citrusy flavors, complements the tanginess of the Azulito. The freshness of fish or shrimp marinated in lime juice alongside the cocktail is a match made in tropical heaven.
  • Shrimp Tacos: Imagine a soft corn tortilla filled with succulent shrimp, a hint of cilantro, and a drizzle of spicy mayo. These tacos and the Azulito share a delicious dance of flavors that is simply irresistible.

2. Mexican Classics

  • Guacamole and Chips: The creamy texture and rich flavor of guacamole paired with crispy tortilla chips make for a simple yet satisfying pairing with the Azulito’s sweet and tart profile.
  • Elote (Mexican Street Corn): Grilled corn on the cob, coated with a mix of mayo, cotija cheese, and chili powder, offers a smoky, creamy, and tangy taste that enhances the tropical essence of the Azulito.

3. Cheese Pairings

  • Queso Fresco: This mild, fresh cheese has a slight tang that pairs well with the sweetness of the Azulito. It can be served on crackers or as part of a cheese platter.
  • Cotija Cheese: Similarly, the salty and crumbly nature of Cotija cheese contrasts nicely with the refreshing and sweet aspects of the cocktail.

4. Light Salads

  • Mango Avocado Salad: A salad featuring ripe mangoes, avocado, red onion, and a cilantro lime dressing can mirror the tropical vibes of the Azulito, making for a refreshing and cohesive pairing.
  • Cucumber Salad: A simple salad of cucumber, red onion, and a chili lime vinaigrette adds a crisp and refreshing element that cleanses the palate between sips of the Azulito.

Ingredients substitutes

Crafting an Azulito offers a wonderful opportunity to personalize the drink to suit your tastes or to adapt based on what ingredients are readily available. Here are detailed substitutions for each of the main components, ensuring you can still enjoy this delightful cocktail even if you find yourself missing an ingredient or two.

Tequila Substitute

  • Mezcal: For a smokier twist to the Azulito, Mezcal can be a fantastic alternative. It maintains the spirit’s authenticity but adds a depth that pairs nicely with the citrus and sweet elements.
  • White Rum: If you’re out of tequila and looking for a different spirit base, white rum can fill in quite nicely, adding a smoother, slightly sweeter underpinning to the drink.

Blue Curaçao Substitute

  • Triple Sec with Blue Food Coloring: If Blue Curaçao is not on hand, you can mix triple sec (a clear orange-flavored liqueur) with a drop or two of blue food coloring to achieve both the flavor profile and iconic blue color.
  • Blue Tinted Simple Syrup and Orange Liqueur: Alternatively, you could make a simple blue syrup by adding food coloring to your homemade or store-bought simple syrup and mix it with a bit of orange liqueur to mimic the flavor of Blue Curaçao.

Fresh Lime Juice Substitute

  • Bottled Lime Juice: While fresh is always best for that bright, zesty flavor, a high-quality bottled lime juice can serve as a convenient backup.
  • Lemon Juice: If limes are nowhere to be found, lemon juice can be used. The flavor profile will shift slightly, but the essential citrus note remains.

Sugar Syrup Substitute

  • Agave Nectar: With its smooth consistency and sweet, mild flavor, agave nectar is an excellent alternative to sugar syrup. It blends especially well in tequila-based cocktails, maintaining a cohesive taste profile.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup: For a richer sweetness with more depth, honey or maple syrup can be good substitutes. Keep in mind that these may alter the flavor of your Azulito more noticeably, but they can offer an interesting twist.

Ice Substitutes

While not typically replaced due to its cooling purpose, if you’re looking to keep your drink cold without dilution:

  • Frozen Fruit: Adding frozen lime slices or blueberries can chill the drink and add a fun, edible element.

Salt Rim Substitute

  • Sugar Rim: For a sweeter take, swapping the classic salt rim for a sugar rim can create a delightful contrast with the Azulito’s tart and sweet notes.
  • Tajín® Seasoning: For an extra kick, rim the glass with Tajín® to add a spicy, tangy twist to the cocktail’s edge.

Garnish Substitute

  • Lime Wheel: This can be easily substituted with a lemon wheel, a sprig of mint, or even a wedge of pineapple for an extra tropical flair.

Final Thoughts

As you sip your self-made Azulito, close your eyes and imagine putting your feet up on a soft sandy beach, listening to the murmur of the ocean. Each sip of this beautiful drink brings us a little closer to paradise. 

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 50 ml Tequila
  • 20 ml Blue Curaçao
  • 20 ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 20 ml Sugar Syrup or Agave Nectar
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt (to rim the glass)
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rim your Glass: Firstly, slice a lime into a wheel and slide it over the rim of your glass to wet it. Once done, dip the rim into a plate of coarse salt. Now your glass is perfectly embellished and ready!
  2. Mix your Drink: In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, blue curaçao, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds or until the outside of your shaker becomes frosty.
  3. Pour: Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass you prepared, making sure to strain out the ice.
  4. Garnish and Serve: Lastly, place a lime wheel on the rim of your glass for that extra aesthetic touch and serve.

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