Say Curaçao, or kur-a-sow, and your mind’s eye points you promptly to this blue-colored liqueur. And you are correct! But not many people know its namesake is the island it comes from. Most necessary fun fact for your trip to the Caribbean’s best kept secret: this liqueur is produced from a very bitter orange, unpalatable even to the indiscriminate wild goats of the island. The Laraha orange originates from the succulent Valencia orange brought over by the Spaniards in the 15th century. The different soil and climate produced this mutant fruit from which a beautiful fragrance was discovered of the oil from its dried peel. Authentic Curaçao liqueur can only be produced from the oranges that grow on this island.
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