Carrying on from yesterday’s Royal recipe I looked for another posh classic for R for today’s #a2zcocktails
challenge. This cocktail takes its name from the Boston Ritz-Carlton where it was created in 1934 to become the chain’s signature cocktail
5ml Blue Curacao
5ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Fizz (Champagne / Prosecco)
Add the Amaretto, Blue Curacao, Lemon Juice into a flute, stir, top with the Fizz & give another gentle stir. Garnish with a Rose Petal (I used a Tulip thought it looked nicer!) .
Don’t let the colour of this put you off, it’s got some subtle flavours going on with the almond based Amaretto liqueur plus Blue Curacao mixing with the flavour of the fizz
What’s Curacao? It’s a sweet liqueur that hails from the country of the same name, a Dutch island in the Caribbean near Aruba. It comes from a family of liquors called Triple Sec meaning to triple distil, other examples include Grand Marnier & Cointreau. Curacao is made from dried peel of bitter oranges as a base and can have other botanicals depending on the producer. It first came about when the Spanish were in charge and had tried to cultivate the Valencia Orange, but this variety could not take to the dry searing climate, the oranges turned bitter and were dubbed the Laraha, which today has to be the peel to use for official Curacao
Why Blue? Well initially it was clear as most Triple Sec’s are and the clear one tending to be stronger than the coloured versions (Orange, Blue, Red & Green). It’s not really known who created the Blue (Bols claim they do through their historic links with the Dutch West Indies Company) but it may have been a bit of fun that took off and may evoke the hues of the beautiful blue seas and sky (hence the other Crème de Ciel – Cream of Heaven). In the 60s Blue became quite popular, it was used in a cocktail called the Blue Hawaii after the famous Elvis film
So give this one a whirl and imagine you’re on a beautiful tropical island – unless you already are!