Wherever You Celebrate the New Year, Enjoy it with Champagne

Champagne is the classic celebratory New Year’s cocktail. Onboard Silver Moon’s S.A.L.T. Bar, our mixologists have created recipes for Champagne cocktails based on various ports of call that Silversea visits. We promise: These will help you celebrate, whether you’re onboard or not.

All Aboard in Fort Lauderdale

There are some places you visit that surprise you in ways you didn’t think were possible. They leave you wanting more. Fort Lauderdale, with its miles and miles of beach, hours of endless sunshine and appreciation of the finer things in life, is one of those places. Often overshadowed by its bigger, brassier sister Miami, we think it’s time that Fort Lauderdale shone on her own.

The city is a sun-drenched gem that can more than hold her own against Miami’s pastel-hued hotels and Orlando’s theme parks. In fact, the city’s 300-miles of meandering waterways have earned it the moniker of being America’s Venice. Yachting is a way of life here, if you aren’t lucky enough to have your own, then grab a water taxi and simply sit back and enjoy the calm and tranquillity of the beautiful waters.

And in the meantime, Ft. Lauderdale is Silversea’s jumping off point to many places south and west, such as South America, and the Caribbean and Central America.

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In Barcelona, El Dragón Takes Inspiration from the French Soixante Quinze

On the 23rd of April, Catalonians celebrate the legend of St. George or Sant Jordi, who slew a dragon to win the heart of a beautiful princess. In Barcelona, the dragon is a ubiquitous decoration, found in many of renowned Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, including Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and even the iconic Sagrada Família. It’s no surprise that the mythical beast is featured in Catalonia-inspired cocktails like this one.

El Dragón (or El Drac in Catalan) is our signature twist on the French Soixante Quinze, or 75 Cocktail, a popular champagne cocktail. Our recipe incorporates Gin Mare, which is made in the small Spanish fishing town of Vilanova, just outside of Barcelona. It encapsulates the tastes of the Mediterranean using a unique variety of botanicals including rosemary, thyme, basil and olive.

The pink hue is a nod to the Diada de Sant Jordi, or St. George’s Day, a very popular festival that combines culture and romanticism. Celebrating both World Book Day and Valentine’s Day, it is customary now (not to slay a dragon!) but for books and red roses to be exchanged with your beloved. Salut!

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Australia’s Prospectors Share Twist on Spritz

In late Victorian Albany, the port near the southwestern tip of Australia was awash with wide-eyed prospectors rushing to unearth their fortunes in the burgeoning goldfields. The rich pickings of Down Under are celebrated in this crisp and zesty spritz.

Two Australian spirits bring to life this life and easy-to-produce twist on the classic Spritz. Named after the Gaelic word for orange, Oráiste (urrr-aw-is-tah) Orange Liqueur is a local full-bodied and deliciously smooth spirit that is bursting with orange flavor. Regal Rouge Lively White Vermouth is full of citrus and floral notes that marries native Australian aromatics with a full-bodied citrus wine.

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All cocktail recipes are contributed by Alex Ducusin Perez exclusively for Silversea Cruises