Brilliant blue drinks to beat those winter blues and burst back into summer
4 July feels like that one day of the year that Blue Curacao is the hero on the cocktail shelf, dusting itself off from the shadows in its mighty, vibrant blue!
But don’t let your Blue Curacao linger another year. We’ve got plenty of summery cocktails and festive sips that use this champion ingredient too throughout the year.
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What exactly is the star ingredient, Blue Curacao?
Blue Curacao has become a staple for any home cocktail bar due to its strong citrus flavour and it’s unmistakeable vivid blue colour.
A Caribbean liqueur made using the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, its best used as a mixer rather than drunk straight – though you can have it on the rocks. It’s got an ABV of between 15 to 40% depending on the brand.
But how does it get that bright blue colour?
It should come as no surprise that the Laraha citrus fruit is not blue! The bitter orange fruit is grown on the tiny island of Curaçao, about 60km off the Venezuala Coast near Aruba. The distilled liquor is actually clear then colour is added at the final stage of production.
The most popular colour is blue, followed by orange which you may be familiar with; you can even get yellow or green curacao! Colours were added as long ago as the 1920s but it is believed that blue became the popular front runner in the 1960s.
Although no one can say for sure, the blue is most likely a homage to the stunning azure waters and blue skies that surround the Caribbean paradise – bringing a taste of the tropics to wherever you are enjoying your cocktails around the world.
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