Just In: Aruba Super Bar & GBK Celebrity Gift Lounge Pops Up in N.Y. for Super Bowl Weekend Cocktails

January 31, 2014 Wes Holland

New York is bustling with activity as it gets set to host the Superbowl this weekend. Aruba, known to have more than 20 toe-in-the-sand bars brought a little warmth to recently very frigid city with its Aruba Super Bar for the championship football weekend.

As the players get ready to hit the fields, celebrities such as Deion Sanders and Guy Fieri and invited guests were hitting the GBK & Aruba DirecTV SuperBowl Celebrity Gift Lounge to get a taste of what this tropical destination is like and receive great gifts. A famous island mixologist, A-J Tromp, was on hand to offer assistance in making an array of signature cocktails. I had the opportunity to to craft a signature cocktail right alongside of him. I selected the Guadirikiri Cave Cooler- a fusion of fruits and vodkas.

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Guadirikiri Cave Cooler:

1.5 oz Cachaca

.5 oz Mandarin Vodka

1 oz Vanilla Vodka

2 Dashes of Angostura Bitter

.5 lemon

.5 simple syrup

Blueberries and Strawberries

Ginger Ale

Guadirikiri Cave Cooler

All of the recipes for the drinks offered at the Super Bar can be found on the Aruba Tourism Website.

I’m sure I speak for most of us when I say that a vacation to 85 degrees and sun would be perfect, especially during the lull of winter. I was surprised to learn just how much Aruba has to offer, including its 21 sand bars. There are a myriad of reasons why Aruba is the most revisited destination in the Caribbean.

Beaches Fofoti at Eagle Beach copy

Aruba is home to one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World”, and is quite interesting in that the serenity of the beach is juxtaposed with rugged desert in the northeast coast.  For those that look for something beyond lounging on the sunny beach during their vacation, Aruba also offers an array of adventure activities. These include things like snorkeling, wind & kite surfing, national park walks, and UTV & ATV tours. For those who are not the faint of heart, there is even skydiving!

Footprints- Hyatt

Just like any island destination, Aruba is home to a large amount of open-air dining locations that come alive in the nighttime. For those looking for true nightlife, Aruba has that as well, with lively local bars, festivals, and party buses. I know I loved the cocktails I experienced from the island, so I would love to experience the food and nightlife!

Pelican Nest drinks

Here’s to wishing for warm days in the sun with cocktails in hand! Hopefully next time I have a Cave Cooler, it will be with my toes in the sand!

You can learn more about the island of Aruba and information on booking your visit at the Aruba Tourism Authority.

Photos: ATA, My Own

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Wes Holland

Wes is an accomplished graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University with degrees in both finance and marketing accompanied by a minor in French language. Wes works in luxury real estate marketing in NYC and is an expert on luxury for millennials. You can read more about Wes on his blog Life Through Preppy Glasses and connect with him on Twitter @Wes_Holland

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