A New Cocktail From Antigua and Barbuda

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Looking for a taste of Antigua and Barbuda?

The twin-island destination is inspiring travelers with its new signature cocktail, The Lift Off.

With the increasing popularity of virtual and socially-distanced happy hours, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority asked Antigua and Barbuda award-winning mixologist, Altino Spencer, to create a new cocktail to transport people to Antigua and Barbuda. 

Inspired by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s “Your Space in the Sun” campaign, Spencer produced a cocktail “perfect for those dreaming of an escape to the twin-island paradise.”

Launched in June when the destination re-opened to visitors, the “Your Space in the Sun” campaign invites people to come to Antigua and Barbuda to broaden their horizons and enjoy all the space they need.

Spencer said he The Lift Off to “evoke the flavors and feelings of an escape to Antigua and Barbuda.”

While highlighting ingredients found on the islands, the cocktail can be replicated by those at home anywhere in the world.

Made with crisp, light flavours, The Lift Off conjures up images of Antigua and Barbuda including the surrounding beaches, blue waters, secluded harbors, boutique properties, private villas and unique attractions and dining options. 

Spencer combines citrus flavors, Antigua Cavalier Rum, a drizzle of blue and fruit garnishes to create a drink reminiscent of the turquoise waters surrounding Antigua and Barbuda. 

The recipe calls for 0.5 oz simple syrup, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.5 oz Grand Marnier, 1.5 oz Antigua Cavalier white rum, 0.5 oz Blue Curacao (for drizzling), 1 orange (for garnish) and ice. 

— CJ