in , , ,

Homemade Blue Curacao

homemade blue curacao

Hey there! Let me introduce you to Homemade Blue Curacao, a fantastic ingredient that’ll turn your drinks into something special. As a bartender, I love using it to add a pop of color and a unique flavor to cocktails. It’s super easy to make and brings a fun, tropical vibe to any drink. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll want to add it to everything!

Tasting Notes

Homemade Blue Curacao has a sweet, slightly bitter orange flavor that’s truly one of a kind. It’s made from the dried peels of the Laraha citrus fruit, giving it that distinctive taste. When you mix it into your drinks, it adds a beautiful blue hue and a refreshing citrus kick that’s hard to beat.

Equipment and Glassware

To make your own Blue Curacao, you’ll need a few basic kitchen tools:

  • A glass jar with a tight-fitting lid for infusing
  • A fine strainer or cheesecloth for filtering
  • A funnel for bottling
  • A zester or peeler for preparing the citrus peel
  • Any glass bottle with a seal will work great for storing your Blue Curacao.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 1 liter gin
  • 1 liter vodka
  • 12 navel orange zest
  • 4 tbsp dried bitter orange peel
  • 32 cloves
  • Blue food coloring (a few drops at a time until desired color is reached)

Instructions

  1. Combine vodka, gin, orange zest, and dried bitter orange peel in a large container. Let sit for 20 days.
  2. Add 32 cloves and let sit for one additional day.
  3. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter.
  4. Once strained, add the sugar and water. Stir until dissolved.
  5. Add blue food coloring a few drops at a time until the desired color is reached.
  6. Store in a clean bottle in the refrigerator.
See also  Top 12 Drinks to Mix With Smirnoff Vodka

Pro Tips

  • Use organic oranges to avoid any pesticides in your drink.
  • Adjust the amount of blue food coloring to get the shade of blue you prefer.
  • For a deeper flavor, let the orange peels infuse for up to two weeks.

When to Serve

Homemade Blue Curacao is perfect for summer parties, beach gatherings, or any occasion where you want to impress with visually stunning cocktails. Use it in drinks like the Blue Lagoon or Blue Margarita to add a tropical flair and a gorgeous blue color.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the vodka base, go with a neutral, high-quality brand like Absolut or Smirnoff. These will give you a clean canvas for the orange flavor to shine through.

Similar Cocktails

If you love experimenting with Homemade Blue Curacao, here are five cocktails to try:

  • Blue Lagoon – A refreshing mix of vodka, Blue Curacao, and lemonade.
  • Blue Margarita – A colorful twist on the classic, with tequila, Blue Curacao, and lime juice.
  • Blue Hawaiian – A tropical blend of rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.
  • Electric Lemonade – A zesty combination of vodka, Blue Curacao, lemonade, and a splash of soda.
  • Curacao Martini – A sophisticated mix of gin, Blue Curacao, and dry vermouth.

History

Blue Curacao originated from the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. It’s made from the Laraha citrus fruit, which is native to the island. The liqueur was originally colorless, but the blue version was created to add a vibrant touch to cocktails and has become popular worldwide.

homemade blue curacao

Homemade Blue Curacao

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 1 liter gin
  • 1 liter vodka
  • 12 navel orange zest
  • 4 tbsp dried bitter orange peel
  • 32 cloves
  • Blue food coloring (a few drops at a time until desired color is reached)

Instructions

  1. Combine vodka, gin, orange zest, and dried bitter orange peel in a large container. Let sit for 20 days.
  2. Add 32 cloves and let sit for one additional day.
  3. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter.
  4. Once strained, add the sugar and water. Stir until dissolved.
  5. Add blue food coloring a few drops at a time until the desired color is reached.
  6. Store in a clean bottle in the refrigerator.

Did you make this recipe?

Be sure to follow @mybartender on Pinterest and tag #mybartender You can also post a photo to our facebook page

FAQs

Is homemade Blue Curacao alcoholic?

Yes, homemade Blue Curacao is an alcoholic beverage. The alcohol content can vary depending on the recipe used, but it typically ranges from 15-40% ABV.

Are there any good substitutes for Blue Curacao?

If you don’t have Blue Curacao on hand, you can use regular Curacao or Triple Sec as a substitute. However, this will not give you the signature blue color that Blue Curacao is known for. Alternatively, you can use blue food coloring to achieve the same effect.

Homemade Blue Curacao
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Leave a Reply

Avatar

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Follow them on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Google Guide and MuckRack.

Michelada Cocktail

Michelada

sea breeze cocktail

Sea Breeze