It’s funny how, when I told people we were moving to Curaçao, very few people knew where that was, but almost everyone knows about Blue Curaçao Liqueur. After we settled in, I found out the distillery is quite close to our house and we decided to do a guided tour.
The distillery is at Landhuis Chobolobo on Elias R.A. Moreno Boulevard. There is free parking on site and you can choose a self-guided tour for free. If you prefer a guided tour, there are three different packages listed here. We chose the Deluxe Guided Tour for $20 US and highly recommend it. The guides can do the tour in English, Spanish, and Dutch.
We signed up online for a 1:00 tour. When we arrived, there were four other ladies and a sweet girl who would be joining our group on the tour. Our guide was very friendly and informative. Every now and then she would quiz us over what she was saying. I felt a little like I was back in school, but my competitive nature kept me highly engaged! These sorts of tours probably are not for everyone, but I absolutely love hearing how things are made. It really opens your eyes to the little things you take for granted. I learned quite a bit about the process and the fact that most of the process is done by man! Impressive. I also learned this is NOT a diet drink! There is A LOT of sugar involved in this creation.
Part of the tour is interactive. At one point, she had us smell different flavours of Curacao Liqueur to guess what it was. Again, I was competitive, but I pretty much lost that game. I did learn, however, that I am not a fan of the smell of tamarin.
After the tour, we were ushered to a counter outside where we were given 4 shots of different flavours of the liqueur. Turns out the chocolate is my favorite (go figure). With our tour ticket, we each received two cocktails of our choosing (alcoholic or not) and homemade, locally made ice cream. The latter is why Rhys decided to join us! We stayed with the people who toured the distillery with us. They were fun company as we all ordered drinks together. We wound up staying, drinking, and chatting for a couple of hours.
This turned out to be one of my most enjoyable days on the island. My only regret was wearing jeans, which I did because I thought we would be inside. We were not, and I learned my lesson! My favorite drink that I ordered was a Mud Slide. I honestly don’t remember everything in it, but chocolate, coffee, liqueur … it was really yummy. (Picture above). Rhys loved his strawberry smoothie, albeit the first sip was mighty cold, look at his face!
Similar to Disney World, you leave through the gift shop if you are looking for some gifts or more to drink.
Definitely check out this tour when on the island!