About Cocktails and Beer

Announcing the Bartenders’ Brawl

Take a look at the ad for Bartenders’ Brawl, a cocktail competition, produced by Island Temptations Magazine, coming to the beach between Divi & Tamarijn beach resorts.

The event was organized for the first time in October 2015, in conjunction with Iron Chef, at the Alhambra Ballroom.

This year, it’s a stand-alone beach party, Saturday evening October 15th, 2016, 7pm to 10pm

Divi is providing a cool-lounge-beach set up with bars, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Celebrity Chef Seamus Mullen an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author will be working with the Divi Aruba staff to prepare the featured hors d’oeuvres at the event.

And I want you to save the date, and buy a ticket!

(Complete info coming soon!)

We’re expecting about 300 people.

The Island Temptations Magazine crew will promote the event for locals and tourists.


Each of Aruba’s liquor purveyors picks a bartender, from among the advertisers of Island Temptations Magazine, hotels or restaurants.

This bartender will create a mind-blowing specialty drink.

That specialty drink will be served on the beach, October 15th, to party guests.

We would probably have 6 purveyors participating, so prepare for six incredible cocktails!


The winning Iron Bartender gets a handsome trophy, and the recognition he/she deserves.

The event will be covered by Island Temptations Magazine in the Fall/Winter edition, also in the local media, social media, and the winning cocktail will be promote through every channel.

Divi will be creating a cocktail village on the beach, with music, in a chilaxing, elegant ambiente!

The Bartender’s Brawl is design to promote bar excellence, it is part of ARUBA RESTAURANT MONTH, and we will have a great number of ATA food bloggers and foreign press present.

Save the date: Saturday evening October 15th, 2016, 7pm to 10pm

Pasame La Botella

I always liked Presidente beer saying to myself, that beer travels well. Cerveceria National Dominicana found a way to preserve the beer’s charm come hell or high water during transport, that’s why it tasted so good and it was also great for sharing.

We learned to drink Presidente, named after president Trujillo, in 1935, at Zeerover, where it pairs nicely with the food, and the backdrop. Those big, truly cold 32oz bottles, when shared, disappear in no time, making room for others.

Last night at Azia we attended an event launching the smaller 8.5oz bottle, where Raoul Henriquez, Aruba Trading Company, finally revealed the secret of the beer’s appeal.

At the beginning, Presidente was a darker beer, then in recent years with the acquisition of the brewery by AmBev, a multinational with Belgian-Brazilian roots, the taste was altered a bit, it was made sweeter, lighter, with Heineken as an inspiration. So here you have it. The secret of the beer: We’re drinking a Pilsner, 5% alcohol, a slightly sweeter/weaker version of Heineken, our first true love, which is better for the tropics, less fizz because of the sugar content, easier on the head the morning after!

The party at Azia was da ‘bomb, with N’Fusion, and Ataniro, lots of gorgeous women in tight green dresses, and an ocean of green beer in smaller 8.5oz bottles. I heard there was a president hamburger circulating but it never came to a stop at out hideaway!