The Galley: Great Cocktail Recipes

By Betha Merit

Entertaining friends and family often includes sharing a special drink, or making a toast. My friend, Tony, always has a new holiday drink to try with seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin for Thanksgiving, or watermelon for a 4th of July barbecue. He inspires.

So, I invited several friends and family to my house to concoct libations and tweak basic recipes, until they passed muster. Now they are “just right” for a cruise. Notable, most glassware is available in plastic versions for serving while in motion.

dark and stormy The Galley: Great Cocktail Recipes

Dark & Stormy

  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Dash of bitters
  • Lime slices for garnish

In a glass of ice, add rum, a dash of bitters, and fill with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge. For non-alcoholic version, serve plain ginger beer with a fresh lime squeeze.


lemonade The Galley: Great Cocktail Recipes

High Seas Lemonade 

  • 2 ounces vodka, chilled
  • 5 ounces lemonade, chilled
  • 3-5 slices cucumber
  • Meyer lemon wedges for garnish

Shake first three ingredients, pour into a tall glass and add lemon wedge. For non-alcoholic version, serve plain lemonade with cucumber wedges.


Espresso Martini

  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Sugar and powdered espresso for rim

Combine sugar and powdered espresso on a plate, dip rim of glass in half and half, then sugar/espresso mixture and twirl until glass is garnished. Mix all other ingredients in a shaker; shake until chilled. Pour into glass.

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