Cruise Cocktails

Cruise Cocktail: Princess Mimosa

Of course, all ships have this drink, but I want you to imagine for a moment you are sitting on the balcony of your cabin having breakfast. Wrapped in your warm plush robe, looking out into the sea while you have your toast. What is in your hand? Why it’s a Mimosa!

This drink is simple to make and requires few ingredients.


1/2 your favorite champagne

1/2 OJ

Pour OJ in a flute glass first. Then pour your favorite champagne. Do not stir as it will flatten the champagne.

Optional: Add a dash of triple sec for some tropical flavor.

When I made mine, I original tried to use some Pinot Grigio. Bad idea. It was just TOO dry for me. I ended up using a Moscato and I like the way it tingled in my mouth. However, I like sweet drinks and I feel my OJ should be sweet as well.



Cruise Cocktail: Royal Caribbean’s B-52

b52Ok. I will be the first to admit that I have never had a B-52, let alone Royal’s. However, this is a drink that I see frequently on the Cruise Critic Boards, so I figured, what the heck! Let’s try it!

Based on a Royal Caribbean drink menu, their B-52 consist of Baileys, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier. Taking my que from the web, it appears to be a layered drink so without further ado, the B-52.


1 part Kahlua

1 part Bailey’s Irish cream

1 part Grand Marnier

Layer in the following order. Kahlua, Bailey’s and then Gran Marnier in a tall shot glass.


My thoughts: I couldn’t for the life of me make “layers” and other than the smell of A LOT of liquor, it tasted a bit sweet like caramel. I imagine it would of been better with a bit of chocolate. My only beef with it was that I felt like I was taking shots of moonshine. (Not that  I know what moonshine taste like, just what I imagine it does.) Otherwise, the Bailey’s really smooths it out. I know it says shot glass, but I think I would rather have this mixed up and served in a martini glass. When we tried that, it was MUCH easier to handle the mixture. Just in small sips.

My hubby’s thoughts: Sweet but smooth. Smells like moonshine and after awhile a bit too much sweetness.



Cruise Cocktail’s version of: Carnival’s “Red’s Remedy”

Red Remedy CarnivalNow, I looked and looked and Googled but was unable to find ANYWHERE for Carnival’s Red Frog’s Signature Drink, “Red’s Remedy.”

Here is the “official” description from the Red Frog Menu:

RED’S REMEDY Go numb with this rich, sweet, creamy concoction of Gosling’s Black

Seal Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum and tropical juices.”

Now, I may not have the recepie for this one, but I can tell you I sure do remember the taste of this sucker. I kid you not, on my last cruise I had at LEAST three a day. I was so hooked on these drinks. (My husband still teases me about how I would down these on the cruise.) So taking a cue from how the “Fun Ship” was made I came up with my own “mock” version of “Red’s Remedy”.

“Mock” Red’s Remedy

Using a 1oz shot glass:

1/2 shot glass of Meyer’s Dark Rum

1/2 shot glass of Malibu Coconut Rum

4 shot glasses of Welch’s Essential Orange, Pineapple, Apple Juice.


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a high ball glass.

Optional: You can add a full shot for more kick or add and dilute with juice.cruise082013-05

My impression: When I first got this, I bought this in the blow fish cup so when I made this for myself at home, oh ya, I put it in the blow fish again. Felt like I was back on the ship. {sigh} Now, like on the ship, this sucker is deceptively easy to drink and I was sucking them down again. The Welch’s juice really  reminded me of the tropical juice they used on the ship.

My husband’s take: “Yep, still fruity.” (He’s not a fruity drinker.)

Well, I hope you enjoy it! Please leave a comment below if you try it and what you thoughts are on it.






Cruising Cocktail: Carnival’s “Fun Ship”

Usually served on the first day for cheap, this punch is why they call Carnival the “Fun Ships”! Below is the recipe we found.


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Using a 1oz shot glass:

1/2 shot glass of Amaretto

1/2 shot glass of Dark Rum

1/2 shot glass of Vodka

1/2 shot glass of Apricot Brandy

4 shot glasses of Fruit Punch

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a high ball glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

My take: Just like on the ship, this sucker is deceptively “light” on alcohol. Also, I added an extra shot of Fruit Punch because the dark spiced rum that my husband bought was really standing out in the original recipe. I will be having this probably ALL week……at least until the kids finish off the Hawaiian punch.

My husband thoughts: I should drink it more often. 😉


~Gin Nixon




Cruise Cocktail: Princess’s Milky Way Martini

Milky Way Princess

On my Alaska cruise on Princess, I decided to try a martini after watching one of their Martini shows out in the atrium. It look enticing and on top of that they said the magic word. Chocolate. (Yum!) So while cruising through Glacier Bay National Park I stop at one of the bars, took a scenic seat and embarked on this out-of-this-world drink. Needless to say, I had to make these when I got home. Since Grey Goose is my vodka of choice, this was a no brainer for me.

Here is the recipe (from Princess) to make your own:

6 parts Grey Goose Vodka
3 parts Bailey’s Irish Cream
3 parts Kahlua liqueur

Chilled over ice and strained.
Garnished in a glass with dark and white chocolate


Here is also a video by The Tipsy Bartender to help my visual readers. Just know that the recipe is different and I urge you to try both and see which you prefer.

Here is the video’s recipe.

1 part Vanilla Vodka
1 part Creme de Cacao
1 part Baileys Irish Cream
Chocolate Syrup


My take: The original mixture seemed super strong to me. I think I like the second one a bit more as the Crème de Cacao gave it more of a desert feel. Well, nothing beats having it on a cruise ship while looking out at the Glaciers (see photo). However, in front of a nice roaring fire at home next to my hubby. Sexy!

My hubby’s thoughts: They mixed well together. Even though there is an eventual bite from the Vodka you slide into the drink with the chocolate.