7/10/2013 01:49:00 PM

Cruises Mix Up Top Shelf Cocktail Programs

Photo of the Carnival Freedom by Raging Wire via Flickr
Gone are the days of watered down pina coladas and strawberry dacquiris. Cruise lines have decided to get in on the cocktail craze, upgrading their onboard booze programs, USA TODAY reports. Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have both inked deals with high-end liquor company Diageo (of Ketel One and Johnnie Walker fame) to school their bartenders in cocktail trends and mixing with flair. Holland America celebrated its 140th anniversary by introducing a 140 Years of Cocktail menus, with a Manhattan (created in 1874) and a Blue Hawaiian (from 1957). And Carnival’s cocktail program has created a mixology star in the form of Adri Ford, who mixes drinks like the Caribbean Hideaway with spiced rum, pineapple juice, basil, lime and chipotle syrup.

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