A bright blue cocktail on a wooden table
Photography, Jonathan Chovancek

Blue Margarita

Lauren Mote's "Yonge Street" cocktail is inspired by the renowned mixologist's childhood in Toronto.

This margarita-esque cocktail is inspired by Lauren Mote’s Toronto childhood memories: seeking comic books, movies and ice cream floats up and down Yonge Street. The tequila represents her mom’s drink of choice, while the blue curaçao is a reference to the blue of her favourite teams: the Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs. The juice signifies shared moments over breakfast, the orgeat symbolizes her mother’s almond-forward vegetarian lifestyle and the bitters provide the nostalgic flavour of root beer, which takes her right back to those special moments of youth.

A bright blue cocktail on a wooden table

Yonge Street

ELLE Gourmet
Lauren Mote's recipe for the "Yonge Street" cocktail: a margarita made with blue curaçao, lime, orgeat, pineapple and bitters.
Course cocktail, drink
Cuisine Canadian, Caribbean, Mexican
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 1 oz blanco tequila
  • ½ oz blue curaçao liqueur
  • ¾ oz orgeat see tip or store-bought orgeat syrup
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters like Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer

To Garnish

  • 1 thin slice dehydrated pineapple or fresh pineapple
  • pineapple leaves


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add tequila, curaçao, orgeat, lime juice, pineapple juice and bitters. Using some force, shake hard for 5 seconds. Using small fine-mesh strainer, strain into highball glass.
  • Garnish with pineapple slice and leaves.


To make your own orgeat, fill a nonreactive container with 50g chopped blanched almonds and 2 cups filtered water. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Transfer mixture to blender; add 2 cups superfine granulated sugar, ½ oz white rum, 1 drop orange-flower water and a pinch of kosher salt. Blend on medium until sugar is dissolved; strain liquid through cheesecloth and wring out. This yields 2 cups orgeat, which can be stored in a clean bottle in the fridge for up to 10 days.

A cookbook cover in a light frame

Excerpted from A Bartender’s Guide to the World: Cocktails and Stories from 75 Places by Lauren Mote and James O. Fraioli. Copyright © 2022 Lauren Mote and James O. Fraioli. Cover and book design by Terri Nimmo. Cover and book photography by Jonathan Chovancek. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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