When we think of the island of Curacao, we think of holidays, a sunny climate, beautiful beaches, clear blue water, and… A Blue Curacao cocktail!
When we talk about Blue Curacao, we all think of this blue liqueur. But does it really come from the island of Curacao? Well, after the discovery of Curacao, the Spanish (who had control over the island) stimulated the agricultural development of the so-called Valencia orange. Unfortunately this sweet orange could not cope with the hot and dry climate of the island, and turned into small and bitter fruits. Later, someone discovered that the peel of the orange fruit contains essential oils with a wonderful aromatic smell. The fruit was given the name “Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis”, meaning the “Golden Orange of Curacao”. The locals actually call it “Laraha”. After this discovery, they started making etheric oils out of the Laraha peels and that’s when the Curacao liqueur was born. Originally the liqueur is colorless, and it gets its patent blue color through dyes.
Up until today Curacao liqueur is mostly used in cocktail recipes. It not only looks stunning, but is also a sweetener and a perfect add for a cocktail. The blue color is a real eye-catcher and makes you think of a tropical vacation. As soon as you add a little Blue Curacao to your cocktail, it will turn blue right away. The liqueur is available in multiple colors, but the blue version is the most well-known.
There are several popular cocktails with Blue Curacao, but one of the most loved cocktails is Blue Lagoon.
Step one: Ingredients
Step two: Cocktail tools
Step three: Mix it and enjoy it