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.
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.