Everything you want to know about Blue Curaçao:
Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peels of Larahas, a type of orange grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant, Larahas developed from the sweet Valencia orange transplanted by Spanish explorers; the nutrient-poor soil and arid climate of Curaçao changed the fruit’s taste, creating the Laraha.
Initially discovered by accident, the drink was first developed and marketed by the Senior family (a Jewish family of Spanish descent) in the 19th century. To create the liqueur, the peels of the Laraha are dried, bringing out their sweetly fragranced oils. After soaking in a still with alcohol and water for several days, the peels are removed and other spices are added.
The liqueur has an orange flavor with varying degrees of bitterness. It is produced clear, and can have blue, green, orange, or red coloring added. The most common blue Curaçao is primarily used as an exotic coloring agent in cocktails and other mixed drinks.
Blue Curaçao is one of the secret ingredients in “Voodoo Koolaid“, one of the Golden Lion’s signature drinks.
Try some this weekend in a “Blue Motorcycle”
Blue Motorcycle Recipe
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz vodka
3/4 oz rum
1/2 oz blue curacao
1/4 oz sour mix
Sprite ® to balance
In a hurricane or pint glass, pour in all ingredients. Box with a shaker and serve. Garnish with an orange wedge.
Boxing is a bartending term meaning pour the drink from mixing glass to shaker a couple of times to blend the ingredients. Bartenders use the boxing method when preparing drinks using carbonated mixers. To cover a carbonated drink with a top and shake can get a bit messy!
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