Holland America Line has announced a new partnership with 2015 James Beard Who’s Who Inductee and Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff to bring a new cocktail menu to the cruise line. DeGroff’s creations will debut aboard Eurodam this month and will expand fleetwide by springtime.
DeGroff — known as “King Cocktail,” author of two best-selling cocktail books and founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail — has developed a drink menu to showcase signature classics as well as some unique originals.
DeGroff’s signature cocktails will be served in the Gallery Bar, introduced on Eurodam following a December 2015 drydock, and in other shipboard bars and lounges, including Ocean Bar, Explorer’s Lounge, Crow’s Nest and Tamarind Bar, as well as more casual outlets such as the Lido pool bar. His creations will be served fleetwide by spring 2016.
DeGroff’s cocktail menu includes 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 of these drinks have a storied past. The Hemingway Daiquiri is a unique spin off of Hemingway’s favorite drink, the Papa Doble. The Ritz Cocktail is a dazzling champagne cocktail presented with a burst of flamed orange peel and was one of the most popular drinks at the legendary Rainbow Room where DeGroff created it as a tribute to the Ritz cocktails of Paris and Madrid.
In addition to creating exclusive cocktails for all Holland America Line bars, DeGroff also will oversee staff training.