When in a tropical paradise, nothing is more refreshing than a tropically inspired cocktail. In Aruba, you’ll find the Aruba Ariba, the island’s signature cocktail, served at most bars and restaurants, or on a sunset cruise on a catamaran.
This sweet and fruity cocktail is deceptively strong. In Aruba, known as “One Happy Island,” a few sips of an Aruba Ariba while sitting on the beach will have the happy island vibes pulsing.
Sandra Vrolijk, an Aruba Native and bartender at The Lobby, located inside the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, shares her thoughts on the cocktail’s popularity with tourists and natives, alike.
What makes the Aruba Ariba such a great cocktail?
The Aruba Ariba is a refreshing cocktail that packs a punch. As the perfect combination of fruity, sweet, and strong, this drink represents the unique balance that makes the island of Aruba so special.
How does it represent the lifestyle of Aruba?
It is authentic and vibrant. The Aruba Ariba pays homage to Aruban roots with its main ingredient being Coecoei—a local Aruban liquor. As “One Happy Island,” Aruba and its people are genuine and full of life. Whether you are relaxing at the beach or exploring the island, this local delight exhibits the versatile lifestyle of this indulging island.
What recipe do you use at The Lobby? Any creative changes you’ve made to the original recipe?
We call it “The Celebrity Aruba Ariba.” It is made with Papiamento Rum, Grey Goose Vodka, Crème de Banana, Fruit Punch, Grand Marnier and a dash of Coecoei. We use exclusively upscale top-shelf products. As garnish, or the (literal) cherry on top, we add a dehydrated orange wheel and a maraschino cherry. With this luxurious concoction, we aim to make every guest feel like their favorite celebrity—minus the paparazzi.
How is it best served? Pairings?
Here at the Lobby bar, we like to pair the Celebrity Aruba Ariba with some of our tastiest offerings. Some of my favorites include the melt-in-your mouth chicken wings, the flavorful flatbread pizzas, and the sophisticated salmon torch sushi roll.
Photos courtesy of Aruba Marriott Resort