Ernest Hemingway once said, “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares; if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” When you set sail aboard Norwegian Sun, you can follow the famous writer’s advice by visiting some of his preferred hangouts (and sipping his favorite cocktails) in Key West and Havana, Cuba. Or if you cruise to Havana on Norwegian Sky, you can also recline on our private island, Great Stirrup Cay, with this classic cocktail.
Of all the things you can bring home with you from your Alaska cruise: photographs, souvenirs, new friends, memories and tales of adventure; you can now add cocktail recipe to the list. The bartenders at Norwegian Cruise Line have crafted a new cocktail to complement the Alaska cruises, and they are happy to share the recipe with you. Be sure to try it while on board. The new Northern Lights cocktail is a refreshing blend of gin, lime juice, soda and fresh mint. The gin and the mint have cooling properties, much like the fresh, clear waters of Alaska. The name is a nod to the mysterious Northern Lights of the polar north. The taste is invigorating after a long day exploring the sights.
Wade Cleophas from Norwegian Escape had bested 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win Bacardi’s Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year. His winning concoction, Legend Reviver, inspired by spices reminiscent of travelling to exotic places, is the perfect drink to enjoy on a cruise vacation. Balanced and smooth, it combines BACARDÍ® OCHO (8) ANOS, star anise infused sweet vermouth, caramel/cinnamon syrup with drops of whisky barrel aged bitters, and a light absinthe mist. For those who cannot wait for their Norwegian cruise to try the Legend Reviver, here’s how you can make this cocktail at home:
When in Europe, why not drink as the locals do? Before dinner, that means an aperitif, something sweet and bitter designed to whet the appetite. In Italy, they love the spritz, a cocktail of wine or champagne mixed with sparkling water and a bitter liqueur like Campari or Aperol. While onboard a Europe cruise, try the specialty Aperol Spritz, a refreshing blend of Aperol, soda and Tresor Brut Reserva Cava, a sparkling wine from Spain. Aperol from Italy blended with sparkling wine from Spain, makes the Aperol Spritz a decidedly Continental cocktail. Whether it’s a buona notte, or a buenas noches, the Aperol Spritz has you covered.