Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

It’s an island? I thought it was a drink

senior-co-liqueur-copyActually, it is both. But please pronounce it correctly first - /ˈkjʊərəsaʊ/ kewr-ə-sow -.

The information that you will find about the liqueur is that Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant similar to an orange, the laraha developed from the sweet Valencia orange transplanted by Spanish explorers. The nutrient-poor soil and arid climate of Curaçao proved unsuitable to Valencia cultivation, resulting in small, bitter fruit of the trees. Although the bitter flesh of the Laraha is all but inedible, the peels are aromatic and flavorful, maintaining much of the essence of the Valencia orange.

Curaçao liqueur was first developed and marketed by the Senior family in the 19th century. To create the liqueur the laraha peel is dried, bringing out the sweetly fragranced oils. After soaking in a still with alcohol and water for several days, the peel is removed and other spices are added.

The liqueur has an orange-like flavor with varying degrees of bitterness. It is naturally colorless, but is often given artificial coloring, most commonly blue or orange, which confers an exotic appearance to cocktails and other mixed drinks. Blue color is achieved by adding of food colorant, most often E133 Brilliant Blue.

Ok, that’s the story. But you need to know that probably the Blue Curacao that you have sitting in your house waiting for a special occasion is not the REAL thing, unless you have been to the island Curacao. This is where they sell the genuine stuff.

According to the makers of the real stuff, they name their product the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur. This is to differentiate it from other brands of Curacao liqueur that are not original. And until today “the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur” is the only liqueur that is made of the peels of the “Laraha” (the bitter orange native of Curaçao).

Now you understand? That is why you need to go get your bottle and see if the word “genuine” is on it.

The genuine product is produced in 5 different colors; the original clear liqueur, the famous Blue and Green, Red and Orange as well. And there are also the special tastes: Coffee, Chocolate and Rum Raisin. All with a special detail because the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur is Kosher certified. We are proud to be a small distillery that is more than 115 years old.

So, that’s the famous Curacao Liquor.

We cannot end this article without a well liked Blue Curacao cocktail. Ok, take 1 OZ of Vodka, 1 OZ of Blue Seniors Genuine Curacao Liqueur and 3 OZ of lemonade or soda. Shake them and enjoy.

photo credit: 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao


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