Hand-setting the corks at the Curacao Blue Curacao Distillery (Nathan Borchelt)

Housed in a 17th-century Landhuis Chobolobo, this distillery still employs 19th-century equipment to produce its famed, somewhat spicy liqueur from the dried skins of the lahara oranges. These oranges were developed from the Spanish orange trees planted shortly after European colonization on the island, but the island climate didn't provide the moisture needed for citrus trees. As result, the oranges were too bitter to eat and deemed useless until a family named Senior secreted an aromatic oil after dying the orange peels in the sun, and infused it into a liquor along with other island spices. A distillery tour can be arranged, and the main room offers tasting of both the original Blue Curacao (the blue derived from food coloring), along with other flavors like coffee, chocolate, and rum raisin.

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Review of Curacao Blue Curacao Distillery

Travel Review of Curacao Blue Curacao Distillery

Away Travel Editor: Nathan Borchelt
Editor Rating 3.0 out of 5
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Yes, you can find bottles of the famed liquor all over the island, and they will likely be less expensive at airport duty-free. But buying bottles here guarantees that you're getting the real deal (and you can make up for the modest increase in price by hitting up the sample table).
  • There's something wonderfully honest about watching workers hand-cork the bottles.

Parking: Monday through Friday 8-12, 1-5

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 461 3526
Neighborhood: Banda Riba
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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