Here are ShipsAhoy's 5 Cruise Cocktails worth a toast!
By: Ilona Kauremszky
One of the finest pastimes on any cruise is sipping a cocktail and watching the world go by.
For the highly anticipated occasion that comes after a day of shore excursions or sailing the high seas, the cocktail scene on board cruises turns into happy hour. Guests used to head to the ship’s bar to order their usual spirits concoction. Something familiar most times.
Now cruise cocktails are morphing into craft drinks with unique creations. It’s a fusion of specialty simple syrups or freshly plucked herbs or spices that have been sourced from a port of call done by a maestro of mixologists who know how to shake and stir.
Let’s explore cocktail hour on some favourite sails.
Here are 5 Cruise Cocktails worth a toast:
1. The Silver Spirit – Silversea Cruises
This gin-based cocktail remains one of Silversea’s Signature cocktails. Named after one of the ships, mixologists add a hint of lime juice and elderflower Cordial that gives the freshness. The topper is a crisp Sauvignon Blanc which gives a good balance of flavours with its dry nature. Yes, the Silver Spirit is never on the rocks!
Recipe: It’s top secret 🙂
2. Beachcomber – Paul Gauguin Cruises
One vodka-infused bevvie getting big thumb’s up is this one. Created for guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises the spirited cocktail includes Peach Schnapps, orange juice and grenadine which is part of the cruise lines “Drink of the Day” experience and is one of the drinks served at PG’s unique floating bar. Also, don’t miss trying one of the 18 drinks served in fresh coconuts on Paul Gauguin’s private island of Motu Mahana off the coast of Taha’a in French Polynesia.
1 ½ ounces of Vodka
¾ ounce Peach Schnapps
6 ounces Orange Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Mix over ice and garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.
3. The Collette, Disney Cruise Line
In the wonderful world of Disney, cocktails receive a special spotlight. At Remy, the haute cuisine French resto diners watch the bubbly being handcrafted table side. Expertly combining Taittinger Champagne and vodka garnished with three Cassis pearls and dried pineapple cubes, it’s indeed a fantasy drink made for adults on Disney Fantasy and Dream.
1/2 oz. Grey Goose VX
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier Paris Edition
4 oz. Taittinger La Française
3 Cassis Pearls
2 Dried Pineapple Cubes
In a martini glass, place Cassis Pearls. Add champagne and vodka. Finish with dried pineapple cubes.
Á votre santé!
4. The Isaac – Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises pays tribute to the world’s most famous cruise bartender. This love potion white rum punch comes as an ode to the affable bartender Isaac starring Ted Lange in the iconic Love Boat TV series. Drink this yummy spirits libation at pretty much any bar on the entire Princess Cruises’ fleet.
2 oz white rum
2 oz pomegranate syrup
½ oz fresh lime juice
splash of club soda
2 pineapple leaf spears
Glass: highball glass
Preparation: Fill highball glass with 2/3 ice or desired amount of ice. Into a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, pomegranate syrup and lime juice. Shake and strain into highball glass, filling just to the top of the ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with a fresh lime slice and two pineapple spears.
5. Punch Romain a la Carpathia
Cunard’s iconic cocktail scene is legendary. Believed to be the last libation served aboard Titanic, this rum-spiked shaved ice palate cocktail is available in the Commodore Club on each Queen. The Punch Romain a la Carpathia is inspired by none other than Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron who led the safe rescue of all survivors of the Titanic. The frothy egg brandy Advocaat, a Dutch classic liqueur is the signature ingredient.