For some passengers, indulging in a kaleidoscope of cocktails is one of the many joys of cruising. From sipping on sunset mojitos, throwing back poolside daiquiris and nursing a martini in the VIP lounge, there’s a cocktail for every occasion. And to celebrate the age old partnership of cruising and cocktails, we’ve put together a list of ten must try concoctions from our favourite lines. Bottoms up!
Norwegian Cruise Line’s House Mai Tai
Crafted by illustrious mixologist Gabriel Orta of Miami’s Bar Lab Cocktails, this Norwegian spin on a tiki classic features house made almond syrup, Gosling’s Rum and a dusting of cinnamon powder. Find it on sailings to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and Europe.
Norwegian’s Smoky Hot Toddy
Another from the expert mixologists at Norwegian, this hot cocktail is a heart-warming infusion of crème de cocoa, orange peel, cloves, bitters and Grant’s Scotch.
Norwegian’s Northwest Java Jump
We can’t get enough of Gabriel Orta and it’s cocktails like this that have us head over heels. Patron XO Café, chai tea and cream combine for a seriously indulgent nightcap.
Crystal Cruises’ Mojito
Mojitos may only require a handful of ingredients but when it comes to mastering the art, standards can vary immensely. At Crystal Cruises, mojitos are one of the line’s specialties and we’ve heard time and time again that the line serves up the best concoction in the business! With fresh ingredients and U.S. Bartender’s Guild trained mixologists, we’re not surprised.
Celebrity Cruises’ Dante’s Wine
Sweet and sultry, this cocktail is made up of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, a dash of red wine, a squeeze of fresh lemon, a spritz of oranges juice and a dusting of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger sugar.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Blue’s Michelada
Manly in every aspect, this spicy brew is a blend of beer, Worcestershire, tabasco and fresh lime juice, all served in a salt rimmed glass.
Celebrity Cruises’ Sailor’s Coffee
Need a pick me up? Head to the bar for a Sailor’s Coffee! With Disaronno Originalj Amaretto, Malibu coconut rum, Kahlua coffee liqueur, hot coffee and whipped cream, it’ll warm up any shivering timbers in no time!
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Cosmo
Simple yet chic, Carnival’s take on the beloved Cosmo blends Grey Goose vodka, lemoncello and cranberry juice for a tart tipple.
Disney Cruise Line’s Balsamic Grande
With fresh strawberries, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and Grey Goose Vodka, this is a fabulous choice for those who prefer something a little more savoury.
Royal Caribbean International’s Coconut Blast
True to its name, Royal Caribbean has aced the art of tropical cocktails. Think Cruzan Coconut rum, DeKuyper Pucker Sout Apple, pineapple juice and a dash of Red Bull for extra oomph, this cocktail is a definite favourite with cruisers.
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