Holland America Line has been exploring Alaska for more than 70 years. Lucky for cruisers, that also means paying tribute to the state’s culinary and beverage specialties, including with a special cocktail called Blue Ice, created by master mixologist Dal
Celebrate Alaska with a specialty cocktail aboard Holland America Line.
Meet the Master
DeGroff (aka “King Cocktail”) developed his skills, techniques, and talent during three decades of tending bar at prominent establishments, most notably New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. He received the James Beard Award for Wine & Spirits, was inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2015, and has authored The Essential
Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail. He’s also a partner in the Beverage Alcohol Resource bar-training program, founding president of the Museum of the American Cocktail, and producer of his own Dale DeGroff’s Aromatic Bitters brand, which he developed with renowned absinthe distiller Ted Breaux.
A Perfect Pairing
In January 2016, Holland America Line partnered with DeGroff to create a menu of unique libations to showcase artfully prepared classics and unique originals including the Gallery Gimlet, Hemingway Daiquiri, Yuzu Margarita, The Ritz Cocktail, Whiskey and Joe, Another Shade of Greyhound, and a "Slightly Less Than Perfect" Perfect Manhattan, many with a storied past. Today, the drinks are served in shipboard bars and lounges fleetwide including Ocean Bar, Explorer’s Lounge, Crow’s Nest, Tamarind Bar, and the Lido pool bar. DeGroff also oversees staff training to ensure his signature cocktails are crafted to perfection.
Mix It Up
Try it on board while cruising the waters of Alaska — or try it at home.
1.5 oz. Miami Club White Rum
1 oz. John D. Taylor Velvet
0.5 oz. Marie Brizard Blue Curacao 0.5 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
0.5 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice Dash Bitter Truth Orange bitters
Shake all of the ingredients well with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and a mint leaf.