Sun, Sea and Cocktails – Yes, that’s how I like my holidays!
This happy trio were just made to be together.
Having a cocktail (or 2) whilst Cruising should be a compulsory activity – at the very least it is the perfect way to toast your well-earned holiday.
Nothing says “relax” better than a delicious icy concoction with a little umbrella poking out the top! Best enjoyed as you gaze out to the far horizon, the infinite blue of the ocean easing all your cares away…..
Cruise Ships know that we love a good Cocktail – and every ship will have a Cocktail List worthy of your attention. If you don’t really know what you like, just ask your friendly barman to make up the Cocktail of the day, or ask him to recommend one for you. Once you’ve tried a couple, you will get an idea of the combinations you enjoy. And remember, you have all cruise to get through that list if you want to!
Cocktails may be rich & creamy, light & fruity, zingy & fresh, sweet or sour – and some are stronger than others depending on how many different alcohols are in them.
Don’t forget that you can also enjoy a Mocktail (a Cocktail without the Alcohol) if you don’t want a boozy beverage.
Many cruise lines also offer a cocktail making class on Sea-Days for a small fee. We loved the class on a P&O Ship – learning to make 4 different cocktails in a small group amidst lots of laughter and of course being able to enjoy the products of your labour at the end. If you enjoy a cocktail, don’t hesitate to give the class a go!
Once the glow of the holiday is over and you are back at home and work, you may like to re-live some of that holiday vibe by making a cocktail at home. You’ll be amazed at how a simple drink can take you back to the magic of holidays. So next time you are feeling a little down and don’t know when your next holiday will be – give this a go!
Here are my Top Five Favourite Cruising Cocktails:
1: DIRTY BANANA
1oz Dark Rum
1/2oz Tia Maria
1/2oz Chocolate Syrup
Combine all ingredients except the chocolate syrup in a blender, and blend until smooth.
Top with Chocolate Syrup.
2: PINA COLADA
2oz White Rum
3oz Pineapple Juice
2oz Coconut Cream
1 Scoop Ice
Blend it all together!
Garnish with a Pineapple Wedge and Cherry on the rim of the glass.
3: STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI
2oz White Rum
1oz Lime Juice
Splash of Sugar Syrup
6 Fresh Strawberries
Blend everything together till smooth and then pour into a glass over crushed ice.
Garnish with a wedge of Lime
10 Mint Leaves
½ a fresh Lime, cut into wedges
2oz White Rum (Bacardi)
1/2oz Sugar Syrup
Bruise the Mint Leaves & lime wedges in the bottom of the glass to extract the juice from limes.
Add the other ingredients and mix it all up, using Soda Water to top up.
Garnish with a wedge of Lime.
1oz Fresh Lime Juice
Add all ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
Run a Lime Wedge around the rim of your chilled glass & then dip the rim in salt.
Strain the drink into the glass & garnish with a lime wedge.
COCKTAIL CLASS TIPS
- A Standard ‘Nip’ is ½ oz which is about 1T or 15ml of liquor. You can buy a nip-measurer (jigger) for a couple of dollars – makes the measuring effortless.
- Sugar Syrup is a just sugar dissolved in water – use 2 parts sugar (eg 1 cup of caster sugar) to 1-part water (eg ½ C water). Heat over a low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Allow this to cool before you add it to your cocktails.
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