‘The Lift Off’: Antigua and Barbuda’s new ‘attraction’

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(Pointe Xpress)

With the increasing popularity of virtual and socially distanced happy hours, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has approached 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, the expert mixologist produced a signature cocktail perfect for those dreaming of an escape to the twin-island paradise.

Launched in June when the destination reopened to visitors, the ‘Your Space in the Sun’ campaign invites travelers to visit Antigua and Barbuda to broaden their horizons and enjoy all the space they need to move, think and be themselves.

Spencer, a national of Antigua and Barbuda, created the ‘Lift Off’ cocktail to evoke the flavours and bliss of an escape to idyllic Antigua and Barbuda.

The beverage highlights ingredients readily available in Antigua and Barbuda so the cocktail can easily be replicated at home.

Made with crisp, light flavours, ‘The Lift Off’ conjures up images of Antigua and Barbuda’s 365 beaches, boundless blue waters, secluded harbours, boutique properties, private villas and one-of-a-kind attractions and dining options.

Spencer combined citrus flavours, the famed Antigua Cavalier Rum, Blue Curacao 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, an orange wedge garnish and ice.