Cruise vacations are the ideal time to cut loose and try new things. This is where we can all throw our hands I the air like we just don't care.
It's a time to unabashedly belt out karaoke tunes, or stretch your culinary boundaries with your first escargot.
Cruises are a way to visit unique destinations and pick up a few words and phrases in some new languages.
This is also the ideal time to try drinks that you probably wouldn't ever think of ordering at your favorite neighborhood bar.
I typically only drink beers to try the flavors and brewing styles of the places that I visit. But sometimes, I get a hankering for something sweet, refreshing or just adventurous to expand my boozing horizons.
Here are some of our favorite cocktails to savor when we cruise.
The Recipe: In a highball glass, mix two ounces white rum, two ounces pomegranate syrup, half ounce fresh lime juice, splash of club soda, lime slice, and two pineapple leaf spears (garnish).
The Recipe: Two cucumber wheels, muddled with one ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice, two ounces Absolut vodka, two ounces Monin watermelon syrup and three-quarter ounce fresh orange juice.
The Recipe: Half ounce orange juice, half ounce pineapple juice, half ounce papaya juice, half ounce coconut cream, three-quarter ounce dark rum, three-quarter ounce coconut rum, one-quarter ounce grenadine and crushed ice.
The Recipe: Two ounces cranberry juice, two ounces pineapple juice, 1.5 ounces amaretto, 1.5 ounces Malibu rum and slice of lime and cherry garnish.
The Recipe: Mix 1.5 ounces of Zaya Gran Reserva rum, 3.75 ounces, pineapple guava juice, quarter-ounce lemonade and one ounce Sprite. Pour then top off with grated nutmeg and three-quarter ounce coconut rum.
The Recipe: A rich, aromatic coffee spiked with Irish whiskey and sweet Frangelico hazelnut liqueur.
The Recipe: Pour one tablespoon grenadine syrup into glass and add mix of five ounces frozen mango mix, 1.5 ounces of peach schnapps and crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple slice and cherry.
The Recipe: Two ounces Bacardi rum, one half lime and five basil leaves, muddled with two tablespoons of sugar and topped with splash of club soda.
The Recipe: Two ounces Disaronno Originale, one ounce tequila and two ounces of margarita mix. Pour the ingredients into a shaker and double strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with lime wedge.
Then, you can always try some classic cocktails you can find on most any cruise ship but might only be bold enough to order up while sitting on your lounger on the lido deck and soaking up the warm Caribbean sunshine. Just flag down a bar server and ask for Sex on the Beach, Dirty Banana, pina colada, frozen strawberry margarita, banana daquiri, Blue Hawaii, Painkiller, Mai Tai or Bay Breeze.
Or try these classy favorites at your dinner table while decked out in your fancy formal duds: Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan or Aperol Spritz.
We even have what you're craving at breakfast or brunch after a late night (or just because you're on vacation!): Bellini, Screwdriver or Bloody Mary.
Bottoms up, and thanks for reading.
What are some of your favorite drinks to enjoy when you travel?