The nation’s signature blue curaçao liqueur is made on this former plantation house (landhuis) turned distillery. The fragrant oils in the peels of the island's oranges—originally brought here by the Spaniards, and then abandoned as a crop when the fruit turned bitter in the island's soil—serve as the base of this aromatic drink. (It also comes in red, green, and clear.) Hop on a one-hour guided tour for a better overview of Curaçao’s plantation history, the liqueur-making process, and, of course, a cocktail. Tastings are free on self-guided visits; try your favorite flavor over the house gelato. And avoid days when cruise ships are in port if you want to keep your sanity.
The original curaçao liqueur—made from the dried peel of a variety of orange found only on the island—comes in green, red, yellow and blue (and also some fun flavors such as chocolate and coffee). Sign up for a guided tour of a landhuis (plantation house) where the famous sweet spirit is distilled; after a glimpse of the stills, you can end your visit with a tasting of the liqueur—either straight, blended into a cocktail or drizzled over ice cream. Advance reservations are recommended.