- 2 limes, sliced into wedges
- Course salt, for rimming glasses
- 1/4 c.Blue Curacao
- 3 oz. tequila
- 3 oz. triple sec
- 1/3 c. lime juice
- 1 can seltzer
- 2 c. ice
Blue Curacao Margaritas
- Rim two tall glasses with lime and salt.
- Combine Curacao, tequila, triple sec and lime juice into the glasses and stir to combine.
- Top with a splash of seltzer and as much ice as desired. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Blue Curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown on the islands of Curaçao.
An official Blue Curaçao liqueur has to be made with the dried peels of the “Laraha”. Laraha is a bitter orange native of Curaçao with the Latin name: “Citrus Aurantium Currasuviensis”, meaning “Golden Orange of Curaçao”. This sweet Valencia orange was brought by Spanish explorers in 1527. 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 hardly edible, the peels are aromatic and flavorful, maintaining much of the essence of the Valencia orange.
There are no definite facts that points out who and when the first Curaçao Liqueur was developed. The Lucas Bols distillery, founded in 1575 in Amsterdam, maintains that Lucas Bols (1652–1719) already developed a Laraha-based liqueur. The Dutch West Indies Company had taken possession of Curaçao in 1634 and Bols had shares in both the West and East India Companies to guarantee the cheap supply of spices for their distilled drinks. After the discovery that an aromatic oil could be extracted from the unripe peel of the otherwise useless bitter oranges, Bols had this oil exported back to Amsterdam to develop a liqueur similar to current day Blue Curaçao. Bols tended to add an “element of alchemical mystery” to his products, explaining the unlikely addition of a blue coloring. In the past, the liqueur also had the name Crème de Ciel (“cream of heaven”), presumably for its blue color
Alternatively, the Senior & Co, a company that originates from Blue Curaçao, are to this day the only company that always produced their liqueur with the peels of the Laraha. The Jewish family, Senior and Chumacairo, started selling their liqueur in 1896 in their pharmacy at small quantities. In 1947 they bought the Landhuis (Dutch for “country manor”) Chobolobo in Willemstad, where the distillery has since been housed. As this company is the only one who uses laraha fruit from Curaçao, it has been permitted to put the word “genuine” on its labels.
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