The first edition of our new seasonal curaçao

For 2018-2019, we’re kicking off a new annual tradition – a seasonal spirit for the holiday season.

Each year, we’ll introduce a new take on a delicious curaçao. What is a curaçao, you ask? It’s a specific style of orange liqueur, classically made with a variety of oranges, including bitter oranges (such as the Laraha, which are native to the island of Curaçao, or Seville oranges, which were planted on Curaçao by Spanish settlers). The fundamental orange notes will be the constant – everything else will change each year.

For our first edition, we’re starting with a base spirit made from honey. We’ve fermented the honey into a mead and distilled it. Then, we’re adding a variety of oranges, along with a few spices and herbs. The result is a delicious, nuanced sipping liqueur. It also happens to be great in cocktails too, of course.

Tasting Notes:

A delicate aroma of oranges and honey, with rich, layered flavors. Sweet, dry and layered orange notes, with a touch of honey on the finish and accents of fresh herbs. Not as sweet as you might expect – extremely sippable.

Drink Ideas:

Beehive Curaçao makes a delicious after-dinner sipper on its own or over ice. It also plays incredibly well herbaceous spirits like gin, and with rums and other aged spirits. The honey and orange notes balance well with a wide variety of flavors. Find a range of cocktail ideas for it on our website here.

Beehive Curaçao is 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)

Finding Beehive Curaçao

This spirit is available at the distillery’s tasting room and is now available at a range of stores and bars around the Chicago area and beyond. Here are a few places you can find it in Illinois:

  • Andersonville Wine & Spirits in Chicago
  • Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors in Antioch
  • Binny’s Beverage Depot in Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Champaign, Chicago (most locations), Downers Grove, Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Zurich, Lincolnwood, Naperville, Oak Brook, Skokie, Wheeling and Willowbrook
  • Friar Tuck in Savoy
  • Gold Eagle in Libertyville
  • Schaefer’s in Skokie
  • Wine & Spirit Warehouse in Libertyville

and more stores and bars coming soon!