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From Tree to Table: Turning Mexican Citrus Fruits into Cocktails

Article by Regan Stephens 04.04.2017

Situated on the eastern tip of Mexico, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun charms with sweeping views of the vivid blue Caribbean Sea set against soft white beaches. Attending a seminar or meeting in this tropical paradise is already a vast improvement over the typical dreary conference room, but now the experience is even sweeter. The recently unveiled Yucatán Citrus Break treats group guests to artisanal cocktails crafted from the region’s bounty of fragrant citrus fruits.

Situated on the eastern tip of Mexico, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun charms with sweeping views of the vivid blue Caribbean Sea set against soft white beaches. Attending a seminar or meeting in this tropical paradise is already a vast improvement over the typical dreary conference room, but now the experience is even sweeter. The recently unveiled Yucatán Citrus Break treats group guests to artisanal cocktails crafted from the region’s bounty of fragrant citrus fruits.

The resort’s culinary team was searching for a distinct way to incorporate an authentic Mexican spirit into an experience for their meetings and special events. “The Yucatán area is one of the top five producers in Mexico for citrus fruits — it’s well-known for its oranges, grapefruits, mandarins and limes,” says Alejandro Manzanero, director of banquets. “We wanted to take advantage of these privileged citrus fruits to enhance our coffee breaks with a theme called Yucatán Citrus Break.”

The bottled beverage service features signature, locally inspired cocktails, including the Mayan Citrus, made with tequila blanco, raw sugar and fresh fruit juices, as well as the Yaax’Ha, a bright, refreshing blend of local cucumber, ginger and mint along with freshly squeezed lime juice and tequila blanco. (Yaax’Ha is also the name of one of the local cenotes — the natural swimming holes dotting the peninsula where visitors can cool off in turquoise, mineral-rich waters.) Other citrus-infused drinks include daiquiris, mojitos, and tangerine or lime margaritas. Classic cocktails like Negronis are also offered.

The Yucatán Citrus Break is an oasis, affording group guests the chance to relax or re-energize around a vibrant array of local colors and flavors. Surprise conference attendees — expecting the standard coffee and tea spread — with a bright, juicy cocktail break instead, or encourage them to unwind after a long day of productive meetings with an immune-boosting, vitamin C-packed libation while soaking up some local tastes. After stressful travels, welcome wedding guests to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun with a restorative cocktail, kicking off the celebration in style.

Both cocktails and non-alcoholic options are available, bottled with customized labels featuring anything from a company’s logo to a couple’s monogram. Baskets overflowing with citrus fruit, glowing lanterns and candles, and a Yucatán orange tree round out the presentation’s warm, rustic appeal, while the personalized elements add a touch of luxury. This signature amenity is only offered for group guests at the moment, but Manzanero says other options, including in-room dining and pool and beach-side beverage service, may soon follow.

Like the traditional lime soup served in the property’s El Café Mexicano, or the spa’s Zac-Xib Bath Elixir (“clean man” in Mayan) body scrub that incorporates lemon essential oils, the Yucatán Citrus Break imparts a unique, locally inspired element that guests will remember long after leaving the paradise.

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