Our 'national Liqueur' is as blue as the Caribbean Sea. blue Curaçao is a delicious drink based on (native) citrus fruits. You can now also buy the liqueur in the Netherlands, and that on www.curacaolikeur.nl
Blue Curaçao has been made since 1896 by the company 'Senior & Co.' – On Curaçao the owners started producing an aperitif. They sold these in their drugstore 'Botika Excelsior'. The drink used to be called a while'Curaçao tonic', before it got its current name. It was not until 1945 that the company began producing and selling the drink on a larger scale.
Curaçao liqueur is certified Kosher. The Jewish 'roots' of the owners of the company have ensured that this stamp also appears prominently on the packaging.
Curaçao liqueur is made from an indigenous citrus fruit: the Laraha. It is a bitter version of an orange that is not very tasty to eat. The peels are extremely fragrant and therefore very suitable for making this liqueur. The Laraha is also sometimes nicknamed “golden orange of Curaçao”. For the liqueur, the fruits are picked when they are still green. They then look like this:
The peels of the laraha are dried in full sun for at least 5 days. It is important that they do not get wet during drying.
Stoking the liqueur
The drink is fired after drying. This process takes no less than 17 days from start to finish. Even today, the whole process is still done by hand:
The peels of the laraha are put in a special bag, which is hung in a heated copper kettle. 96% pure alcohol is added to this. The alcohol is also made from (local!) Sugar cane. After hanging for three days and cooling for a day, water is added. The drink is then distilled.
The fired liqueur is finally filtered and colored in different colors. Before this happens, the bottles look very different from what we are used to. Would you like to know more about the history of the liqueur or the production process? Then check out: www.curacaoliqueur.com
Curaçao liqueur comes in different colors, but the blue one is by far the best known. We make the tastiest 'infused' cupcakes from this delicious, sweet liqueur.
With a pipette!
Both the cupcakes and the frosting have the tasty, fresh citrus flavor of the Blue Curaçao. You can choose to pour the drink over the base of the cupcakes, or add it (as we did here) to the cupcake in a pipette. Advantage: the cupcake remains a nice yellow color and such a pipette also looks extra nice!
This recipe makes about 20-24 Blue Curaçao cupcakes
- 200 grams of butter
- 150 grams of sugar
- The grated zest + the juice of 1 orange
- 8 ounces (1 bag) of vanilla sugar
- a tablespoon of sugared orange peel (pieces)
- 4 eggs
- 200 grams of self-raising flour
- pinch of salt
- 250 grams of powdered sugar
- 100 grams of butter
- 100 grams of crisco *
- 2 tablespoons of Blue Curaçao
- optional: blue dye
* Can't find a crisco? Then take an extra 100 grams of butter!
- 100ml Blue Curaçao
PREPARATION BLUE CURAÇAO CUPCAKES:
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and make sure the butter is at room temperature. Then beat the butter with the sugar and vanilla sugar until you get a creamy mass.
Then add the eggs and the grated orange zest. Then sieve the flour above the butter mixture and also mix it into the batter.
Finally add the salt, the sugared orange zest and the orange juice and stir to a smooth batter. Take a large spoon or an ice cream scoop and fill the cupcake tins to about 2/3.
Bake the cupcakes for 25-30 minutes and let them cool down. Before frosting, make sure the butter and crisco are at room temperature.
Mix the butter, crisco and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture is fluffy and doubles in volume.
Now add the blue very carefully (little by little!) Curaçao and optionally the dye up. Let the mixture 'turn' for at least 5 minutes in the food processor or mixer. Place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe a generous swirl on each cupcake.
Finish the cupcakes with a pipette that you vacuum with Blue Curaçao. - Enjoy your meal!
Tip: Don't have any pipettes? Then pour a little of the Blue Curaçao on the cupcakes before adding the frosting.
- This article was created in collaboration with a company or brand
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