There’s no better drink to ring in the New Year than a nice flute of bubbly.
But on Holland America Line, in addition to a simple glass of the liquid gold guests can find a menu of Champagne cocktails and drinks accented with the libation. In Mix, the Champagne area serves a variety of options for mid-day mimosas or anytime celebrations.
Here are a few of the featured drinks that guests can enjoy onboard, both in Mix or other bars and lounges around the ship.
1.5 oz Stoli Raspberry
Dash Triple sec
.5 oz Sour mix
.5 oz Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Cranberry Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain in a chilled Glass. Top with Champagne.
2 slices of fresh orange, plus 1/2 slice for garnish
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1-2 ounces strawberry puree
2 ounces Champagne, chilled
Glass: Champagne Flute
Garnish: 1/2 slice of orange
In a pint glass, hand-press 2 orange slices with a muddler. Fill glass with ice. Add vodka and fruit puree. Cap with shaker can and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with remaining half-slice of orange.
SPARKLING BELLINI MANHATTAN:
1 1/2 ounce Makers Mark bourbon
1/2 ounce Monin peach puree
3/4 ounce red vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
2 ounce Champagne
Garnish: Amarena cherry on a pick
Measure bourbon, puree and red vermouth to a pint mixing glass. Add bitters. Fill pint glass to the top with ice. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass . Float champagne over cocktail. Garnish with an amarena cherry on a pick
SPECIAL HOLIDAY DRINK: HAVE YOURSELF A BERRY LITTLE COCKTAIL
1 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Crème de Cassis
1 oz Cranberry Juice
0.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
2. oz House Sparkling wine
Glass: Pint Glass
Garnish: 2 raspberries
Press five raspberries in a mixing cup. Fill with ice. Pour all ingredients into the cup. Shake and pour into the pint glass. Garnish with two raspberries on a pick.
Other drinks on the Mix menu include a Champagne Mojito made with Domaine Chandon and Monin Mojito, garnished with a mint sprig; a French 75, a perfect infusion of cognac, Grand Marnier and finely granulated sugar in Domaine Chandon; the Royal Fizz, which is Cointreau, orange juice and Domaine Chandon prepared with Royal Style; and the signature Royal MIX made with pineapple juice, Midori and Domaine Chandon.
Here’s to a Happy 2014 full of new cruising adventures with Holland America Line! Cheers!