The “Golden Orange of Curacao,” once a forgotten fruit on the island of Curacao, is now the main ingredient for the popular liqueur Curacao. The Spanish Valencia orange was brought over by the Spaniards in the early 1500s, but plans to cultivate it were abandoned after the climate proved incompatible with the sweet fruit. The sweet oranges evolved into a bitter fruit. The plants were left to grow wild, and were so inedible even the goats ignored them.
Over time, the Valencia evolved into the Lahara tree. While the flesh is left uneaten, the peels retained the pleasant fragrance of the Valencia oranges. People discovered that drying the peels brought out the oils, then soaking them with alcohol, water, and spices created the popular liqueur used today. While the orange-flavored liqueur is naturally clear, popular versions are dyed orange, green, and the popular brilliant blue.
Whether you’re on the beautiful beaches of Curacao or at home planning your next Caribbean getaway, be sure to try out some of these tasty Curacao drink recipes for a little extra color in your life!
Blue Sky Martini
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
- 1/4 oz blue curacao
- 3 green olives (stuffed)
Directions: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Pour in vodka and sweet vermouth. Stir (or shake) and strain into a martini glass. Splash with blue curacao. Garnish with 3 green olives.
- 3/4 oz gin
- 3/4 oz crème de violette
- 1/4 oz curaçao ( Blue)
- 1 lemon wedge
- 3 ozs champagne
- Garnish: Edible silver powder
- Glass: Champagne flute
Directions: Add the gin, crème de violette and Curaçao to a mixing glass. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the glass and discard. Fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a light dusting of edible silver powder.
- 1 1/2 ozs vodka (citron)
- 1/2 oz blue curacao
- 2 ozs sour mix
- 12 ozs carbonated beverages (flavored)
- 1 lemon (- cut into wedges for garnish)
Directions: Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in vodka, blue curacao and sour mix. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon wedge, and serve with straw.
Article by: Jeff Mapua