We name it the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur to differentiate it from other brands of Curacao liqueur that are not original. And until today “the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur” is the only liqueur that is made of the peels of the “Laraha” (the bitter orange native of Curaçao). It’s produced in 5 different colors; the original clear liqueur, the famous Blue and Green, Red and Orange as well. And there are also the special tastes: Coffee, Chocolate and Rum Raisin. All with a special detail because the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur is Kosher certified. We are proud to be a small distillery that is more than 115 years old.
Our “Genuine Curaçao Liqueur” is so unique because of the Laraha ("citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis" or "Golden Orange of Curaçao"), an indigenous product of Curaçao, and the main ingredient of “the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur”. All others brands may claim that it’s made from the Laraha fruit but in reality they are using artificial ingredients that are orange-flavored.
The plantation that grows the indigenous Laraha is located in the eastern part of the Island. The plantation has approximately 45 Laraha trees. Each tree produces approximately 150 to 200 fruits, which result in 25 to 35 kilograms of dried peels. The trees are harvested twice a year. The harvesting procedure is rather unique, as the Laraha trees are quite tall (3 meters). Long ladders are used to pull the fruit from the trees, when they are green, because if they become ripe, the peel becomes too thin and is not useable for producing the liqueur. Each fruit is pulled with a piece of the sprig of the tree, because if you pull the fruit only, the knot of the tree dries up and it will not yield any more fruit. If you pull a piece of the "sprig" then the tree will continue to "sprout" and yield many more fruits. The peel of each fruit is cut into 4 sections, which are roughly triangular. For this process, a wooden knife is used. A metal knife will stain the peels. The sections of peel are put on a metal plate under the sun to dry. This process takes approximately 5 days. Under no circumstances the peels can become wet, so great care must be taken to cover the peels at night or if it is raining. The rest of the fruit itself is used as food for the "cabritos" (goats). The dried peels are put into "jute" bags, which are hung inside the still with alcohol and water during 4 days. Afterwards the jute bags are taken out and the other secret ingredients are put into the still for an additional 2 days.
A nice fact is that for Senior's “Genuine Curaçao Liqueur” the alcohol and Tobacco Tax division of the U.S.A. has ruled that it is the only one that is authorized to put "THE GENUINE" on its label.
Gold for the golden orange
In October 1973 at the 11th International Contest for liqueurs held in Paris, France, Senior's authentic "Curaçao of Curaçao" liqueur was awarded the highest prize:
"THE GOLD MEDAL OF THE WORLD SELECTION FOR EXCELLENCE".
This was the first prize in a long line of awards in different spirits competition over the last years.