Pronunciation: [KYOOR-uh-soh; KOO-rah-soh]
A generic term for several orange-flavored liqueurs named for the dried peel of bitter curaçao oranges found on a Netherlands Antilles island in the Caribbean. Most curaçaos are amber in color, although a few are colorless and several are tinted blue. Cointreau and triple sec are the world's most popular curaçaos.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.