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6 Cocktails That Will Remind You of Being on Vacation


Feeling stressed? There's a vacation for that. At least in the near future there will be. If you're dreaming of travel and passionately planning your next getaway, you're not the only one. The average American spends six to eight months planning a vacation and with the current stay-at-home order probably has more time now that ever to dream of their next destination. Will it be Alaska, Hawaii or sailing the rivers of the Pacific Northwest? A break from the routine makes us feel alive. Travel is a way to explore new things, dive into adventure and of course, shake off a day of vacation activities with a cocktail or mocktail. There's nothing like a well-prepared drink - one that doesn't overwhelm the tastebuds but enhances the flavors and brings friends - new and old - together. 

You can see these tasty cocktails aboard our vessels when we are ready to meet again. A refreshing cocktail seems to have the magical power to instantly transport you on vacation, even if it is only in your living room for now. Take a moment to enjoy your own happy hour at home to remind us of future travel and whatever may come. But for right here, right now, for a few moments, all is well - and well shaken - in our world. So tap into your inner mixologist and test out our top 6 cocktails that are sure to remind you of being on vacation.  

MojitoNectarine Mint Mojito

Nectarine Mint Simple Syrup:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
3 large nectarines, sliced
25 mint leaves

Cook all ingredients on high. Bring to a
boil. Remove from heat. Let sit for 2
hours. Strain out nectarines and mint.

In a Pint Glass:
3 lime wedges
10 mint leaves
1.25 oz Nectarine Mint Simple Syrup
Smash (mull) mixture to release oils

Add a scoop of ice and 1.5 oz
Bacardi Light. Shake well. Strain into a Collins glass full of ice. Top with a splash of soda water. Float .25 oz Myers Rum.
Garnish with a nectarine slice and mint sprig and you're on an instant vacation. 


Cucumber CameoCucumber Cameo

In a Pint Glass:
4 lime wedges
10 cucumber quarters
1/2 scoop ice

Muddle vigorously...
Add 1/2 scoop of ice
1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz Triple Sec
1.75 oz St. Germain

Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and put your feet up because you'll want to stay awhile.


Baja MargaritaBaja Margarita

Fresh Sour Mix:
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup
Mix well.

In a Pint Glass:
3 lime wedges
1 orange wedge
1/2 scoop ice

Muddle vigorously…
Add 1/2 scoop ice
1.5 oz tequila of your choice
1 oz Cointreau
1.75 oz sour mix

Shake. Strain into salted-rim pint glass full of ice. Top with a splash of soda water. Float .25 oz Gran Marnier. Sip. Savor and enjoy!


Pisco Sour

Mixed Recipe
2 oz Pisco
1 oz fresh lime juice*
1 oz simple syrup
½ to 1 oz egg whites (pasteurized egg whites are available in many supermarkets)
1 drop of Angostura Bitters

In a shaker with 5 large ice cubes, combine Pisco, lime juice, and simple syrup, adding egg white last.

Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds and immediately strain into a 6 oz rocks glass (be careful not to allow any ice to pour into the cocktail).

Garnish with a single bullet of Angostura Bitters in the middle; do not stir the bitters into the cocktail.

Blender Recipe (makes 6-8 servings)
1 ½ cups Pisco
½ cup fresh lime juice*
¼ cup superfine sugar or simple syrup
6-8 large ice cubes
2 egg whites (or about 2 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites)
Angostura Bitters

Pour Pisco into a blender with lime juice and sugar/simple syrup. Blend for 30 seconds until sugar is dissolved.

Add ice cubes (do not use crushed ice) and egg whites; blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into 6 oz rocks glasses. Allow to sit for 20 seconds until the frothy head forms on top.

Drop just one drop of Angostura Bitters for garnish on the center of foam; do not stir the bitters into the cocktail


New Granada 

1 1/4 oz White Rum (Bacardi)

1/2 oz Apricot Brandy (Giffard)

3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 dash Orange Bitters (Reagan's #5)

1 dash Angustura Bitters

Shake these ingredients well and fine-strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Top with dry sparkling wine (Argyle Brut). Garnish with a maraschino cherry (Luxardo). Originally created aboard the Safari Voyager in Panama to celebrate inter-cultural and historic symbolism. 


Guava Lava 

1 part guava juice
1 part mango puree
1 splash of lime
1 shot of rum (optional)

Add 1/2 scoop ice

Mix well. Serve on the rocks with a slice of orange and enjoy with a few friends. 










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