Blue curacao is a super fun orange liqueur that is bright blue in color. While there are plenty of orange liqueurs out there to choose from, a couple of things make blue curacao special.
First, it’s made with the dried peel of bitter Seville oranges from Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean island. You can get it as plain curacao, which is a clear liqueur. The Bols company added the blue coloring to make it interesting.
And the color is the second special trait. The blue coloring allows you to use Blue Curacao to make cocktails blue, green and every shade in between, depending on ingredients.
The ABV of blue curacao varies from brand to brand, but it’s around 25%. It’s much lighter than straight liquors, most of which are around 40%, but stronger than some lightweight liqueurs.
Where to Buy Blue Curacao
You can save yourself a trip to the store and buy Blue Curacao online and have it shipped or delivered. Some states don’t allow liquor to be shipped to homes, but you may be able to use a delivery service and get it within hours.
- Check with Minibar. They partner with local stores to delivery liquor to your doorstep within hours, if they’re in your delivery area. If not, check. Drizly and Saucey, which do the same thing, all with slightly different delivery areas.
- Buy Blue Curacao at Liquorama and have it shipped to your door. Check your region to see if they deliver to you.
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What does Blue Curacao Taste Like?
So how exactly does Blue Curacao taste, compared to other orange liqueurs? It’s a nice sweet orange flavor, but it has a slightly more bitter finish than a liqueur like triple sec. That means it tastes a little less like candy and a little more like a real orange.
Orange liqueurs work in so many cocktails, but the blue coloring is what makes this one next level. You can take almost any margarita recipe and replace the orange liqueur in it with triple sec to get a beautiful blue drink. And the same holds true for most recipes featuring orange liqueur.
You can also add a splash of it to any orange flavored cocktail that you want to turn blue. A little goes a long way for color.
Just take a look at the colors of other ingredients in your cocktail recipes first. Blue curacao with orange juice makes green. With a red juice like cranberry, it makes a deep purple.