As the holiday season approaches, there’s a certain magic in the air — and it’s not just on land. Recently on the Koningsdam, Holland America Line unveiled a preview of their holiday cocktail menu, and it’s as festive as one could wish for during this merry time of the year. Here’s a sneak peek at the cocktail recipes that are sure to spread cheer:
Holland America Holiday Cocktails
1. CHRISTMAS COCOAMINT COFFEE
This warm delight is a perfect blend of coffee and peppermint, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. It’s like Christmas in a cup!
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 0.5 oz Peppermint schnapps
- Whipped cream & Chocolate Sprinkles for garnish
Mix Kahlua and peppermint schnapps in a coffee cup, fill with hot coffee, and stir. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
2. MINTY ELF MARTINI
For those who love a touch of whimsy, this martini is a playful nod to Santa’s helpers, complete with a chocolate and crushed peppermint candy rim.
- 1 oz Grey Goose vodka
- 0.5 oz Creme de Cacao
- 0.75 oz Peppermint schnapps
- 1 oz Cream
Combine vodka, creme de cacao, peppermint schnapps, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate syrup and crushed peppermint candy.
3. DELIJN GINGER MOJITO
The DeLijn Ginger Mojito, a refreshing twist on a classic mojito, which swaps the traditional rum base for a unique Dutch touch with De Lijn Gin. This gin, crafted exclusively for Holland America Line, infuses the mojito with an unmistakable crispness, complemented by the zing of ginger beer and the coolness of mint. For those who appreciate a less traditional mojito and enjoy the boldness of gin, this cocktail is a revelation. Its garnish of candied ginger and a mint sprig adds just the right amount of flair.
- 3 lime wedges
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz De Lijn Gin
- 2 oz ginger beer
Muddle the lime, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a glass. Add the De Lijn Gin, then fill the glass with ice, preferably one large cube for slower melting. Top it off with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint and a piece of candied ginger.
4. MISTLETOE MARTINI
The Mistletoe Martini is another holiday gem that is both visually striking and delicious. A base of Grey Goose Vodka sets a smooth stage for the sweet and floral notes of elderflower liqueur and cranberry juice, with a touch of simple syrup to balance the tartness. Served in a martini coupe glass, the cocktail is garnished with a sprig of rosemary, an orange slice, and a handful of cranberries, making it as beautiful as it is flavorful.
- 1.5 oz Grey Goose Vodka
- 0.5 oz elderflower liqueur
- 1.5 oz cranberry juice
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini coupe glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig, an orange slice, and a few cranberries.
As we wrap up our exclusive sneak peek of Holland America Line’s holiday cocktail menu, it’s clear that each libation has been crafted with care, embodying the festive spirit of the season. Whether it’s the personal favorite DelLijn Ginger Mojito with its unique Dutch gin or the visually enchanting Mistletoe Martini, these drinks are more than just cocktails—they are a celebration in a glass. So, when you’re sailing the high seas this holiday season, raise a toast with one of these delightful Holland America holiday cocktails and savor the merriment of each sip. Cheers!