If there’s one thing that Aruba knows, other than happiness, it’s aloe. Almost anywhere you visit on the island, there’s aloe for sale, and depending on whom you ask, each bottle is Aruba’s finest. (One of these days I might even take it as a challenge and try them all. As if that would be a difficult endeavor.) Aloe is so important to the people of Aruba that it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it is even used in cocktails, or that it’s absolutely delicious.
At the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino, guests can enjoy iced classics like the Aruba Ariba or Mai Tai at the Castaways Bar before returning to the spectacular pools, or they can (and should) spice things up at Gilligan’s with the Aruba Spice and Everything Nice cocktail, which features the amazing Pica di Papaya hot sauce. But the cocktail that should be at the top of every guest’s list is the Aqua Aloe.
With the Hilton Aruba set to reopen on July 1, you’ll have your chance soon enough, but if you’re impatient and have the right ingredients handy, you can make the Aqua Aloe cocktail now.
The Aqua Aloe Cocktail from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino
- 1.5 oz Aloe Vera juice
- 1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 4 to 5 mint leaves (plus a few extra for garnish)
- Splash of tonic
How to Make It:
Shake the Aloe Vera juice, Hendrick’s Gin, lime juice and mint leaves in a shaker with plenty of ice.
Pour without straining into a tall glass, top with tonic and garnish with mint.