Monday, January 20, 2014

A New Classic Cocktail In Aruba: Arubiscus

Early morning above the Aruba Hyatt Pool

Lazy afternoons in the Caribbean, surrounded by warm ocean breezes, turquoise water and sandy beaches beg for a cocktail.  I recently found myself at the outdoor bar, under an authentic palapa at the Hyatt Regency Aruba. The lush grounds, sprawling pool and lagoon with Aruba's cooling breeze proved a fabulous warm getaway. Life was good.

Seems the staff was having a contest to develop a new signature drink.  Raul Adams, one of the  mixologists, suggested his creation: an Arubiscus. It's one a gorgeous magenta-hued drink that sparkles like the sunshine as it hits the glittering sea. The taste is sweet, but not too sweet, maybe even a tinge of tartness, but totally refreshing. Raul finishes the concoction by floating a preserved hibiscus flower on top. I presume women would be attracted to the Arubiscus because of the rosy-hued color. 

Raul was kind enough to share the recipe, however, like most exotic drinks, I suspect it tastes better on a Caribbean isle.  Fly over to Aruba, known as One Happy Island, stop in at the Hyatt and check it out.  I guarantee you will be one happy chic! I certainly was.

Arubiscus at Hyatt Aruba
By Raul Adams

2 ounces Hypnotic
1 Ounce Absolut Mango (Vodka)
1/2 ounce Hibiscus Syrup or simple syrup
1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and fill remainder of glass with 7-Up.
Add a hibiscus flower (fresh or dried) for garnish.

I did love Aruba!