Swimming in a sea of myths
REALITY: How about Curaçao? The liqueur takes its name from the country where 15th-century Spaniards sowed Valencia oranges whose trees did poorly in the islands soil. Left to run amok, the wild Laraha rind was later found to produce a pleasing liqueur. The Senior family distillery in the Chobolobo Mansion produces Blue Curaçao, the only brand made from local oranges, and welcomes visitors. But dont dismiss rum until youve tried rhum agricole. Its not the same drink. Unlike the elixir of ubiquitous Caribbean cocktails distilled from the molasses byproduct of sugar-making, this is a sipping rum distilled from raw sugar cane juice. Martiniques La Mauny, JM, and Neisson labels are the ones to try.