Bols Blue Curaçao is a vibrant blue liqueur that derives its flavor from the dried peels of the Laraha orange, a citrus fruit grown on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. The liqueur is named after the island and is renowned for its use in tropical and citrus cocktails. The bright blue color of Bols Blue Curaçao is an immediate attention-grabber and has made it a popular choice among mixologists who want to add a visually striking element to their drinks.
The sweet and slightly bitter orange flavor of Bols Blue Curaçao makes it an ideal ingredient for creating a variety of cocktails. It is particularly popular in tropical and beach-themed cocktails, where the blue color of the liqueur can mimic the color of the ocean or the sky. The liqueur is also used to add a citrus twist to classic cocktails such as the Margarita, the Mai Tai, and the Blue Hawaiian.
Bols Blue Curaçao is produced by Lucas Bols, a Dutch distiller and producer of cocktail liqueurs, which has been in operation since 1575. The company’s long history and expertise in producing liqueurs have made Bols Blue Curaçao one of the most popular brands of blue curaçao on the market. The liqueur is made from natural ingredients and is bottled at 24% alcohol by volume, making it a perfect addition to any home bar or professional cocktail program.
The history of Bols Blue Curaçao dates back to the 16th century when Spanish explorers brought bitter oranges to the Caribbean island of Curaçao. The fruit, however, failed to thrive in the tropical climate and instead produced an inedible and bitter-tasting fruit. The island’s residents, however, discovered that the peels of the fruit, after being dried in the sun, produced a fragrant and flavorful oil that was used for medicinal purposes.
Over time, Dutch colonizers established a distillery on the island to produce a variety of liqueurs, including one made from the dried peels of the bitter oranges. The resulting liqueur was originally colorless but was later given a blue tint to make it more visually appealing. The blue color was achieved by adding a natural food coloring derived from the butterfly pea flower.
In the early 20th century, Bols, the Dutch distiller, began producing its own version of blue curaçao, using the traditional recipe and techniques developed on the island of Curaçao. The Bols Blue Curaçao became a popular ingredient in cocktails, especially those with a tropical or beach theme. Its bright blue color made it a favorite among mixologists for creating visually striking drinks.
Today, Bols Blue Curaçao is still produced using the original recipe and techniques, with the dried peels of the Laraha orange being sourced from the island of Curaçao. The liqueur is exported to over 110 countries and is one of the most widely recognized brands of blue curaçao in the world. Its history and long-standing reputation for quality have made it a staple in the world of cocktail-making.
The alcohol by volume (abv) of Bols Blue Curaçao is 21%.