Acid-Adjusted Curaçao

Orlando Franklin McCray, Blind Barber | New York

At Blind Barber, Orlando Franklin McCray uses the acid-Curaçao mix in pre-batched drinks, including riffs on the Rum and Coke and Gin and Tonic, adding a mouthwatering acidity that mimics lime, without the added prep-time. He also stashes a bottle at home to mix into Daiquiris, where he subs it in place of lime juice for on-the-fly ease.


Yield: 1 liter

  • 3 1/3 cups water
  • 24 grams citric acid
  • 16 grams malic acid
  • 5 ounces dry Curaçao

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium container and sitr until powders dissolve.
  2. Decant into a one-liter bottle.