Couple having drinks at pool
We miss sharing moments with you on Aruba so we are bringing Aruba to you!

While we are all apart during this stressful time it is important to find projects that help us relax. Our bartending crew at Divi & Tamarin Aruba All Inclusives are sharing how they make their classic island beverages. Put on your creative hat and learn how to create some of these beautiful and tasty Caribbean cocktails. And remember, practice makes perfect!

Below is one of the islands most iconic drinks, the Aruba Ariba. On the island it is made with a deep red liquor called Coecoei. Coecoei liquor is only found in Aruba. It derives from the sap of local agave plants. The sap is mixed with rum and sugar to create this special liquor. A creative substitution for those not on the island would be the classic grenadine syrup easily found at the super market.

Aruba Ariba Cocktail

Aruba Ariba

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. vodka 
  • ½ oz. white rum
  • ½ oz. dark rum
  • ½ oz. banana liqueur
  • A splash of grenadine for a floater
  • Dark Grand Marnier, also as a floater

How to Make It:

  1. Fill a Boston shaker with ice. With the exception of the grenadine and GrandMa, add the ingredients and shake.
  2. Pour the cocktail over ice, and then add the grenadine and GrandMa for colorful and delicious floaters.

As it turns out, this cocktail is also pretty easy to make even when you’re back home, dreaming of another night of dancing poolside while the house band plays and that breeze never subsides. The only catch? You probably don’t have any coecoei at home, but that’s okay—Divi and Tamarijn Aruba insist you’ll be fine without it.

Ashley Burns, Islands.com

Want more recipes?

Below are 3 more drink recipes you can create to have your very own Caribbean Island happy hour. Tune in to our Instagram this Friday to virtually say “Cheers!” with us. We miss you all and can’t wait to see you again soon!