Fresh Mint, Dried Rosebuds, Black Pepper and More
It’s a classic choice, the Gin and Tonic. The choice of sophisticated bar patrons for decades. And yet, even classics need a twist, per se, occasionally. Enter: Crystal’s expert bartenders and mixologists. Aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, a brand new selection of modern takes on Gin and Tonic emerges with the freshest ingredients and garnishes, infusing complementary herbs, spices and even a varied tonic selection. Bartenders on board now have an expanded selection of high quality gins to work with, meaning even greater variety for guests and broader flavor profiles for the creative concoctions available. The “new style” of Gin and Tonic originated on the Iberian Peninsula and has rapidly spread across Europe. Simple ingredients create complex flavors, served in a large Spanish “copa” glass in lieu of the traditional high ball.
In all, 19 creatively mixed Gin & Tonic drinks grace the new bar menus on board, featuring flavors like fresh cucumber and dried rosebuds; fresh thyme and Mediterranean tonic water; fresh lemon grapefruit bitters and aromatic tonic water; and fresh lime juice and coriander. Look for appropriately enticing names like “April in Positano,” “Botanist Thyme” and “Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic” as you peruse your latest options in the many elegant bars on board.
What to drink when you’re not drinking? Non-alcoholic beverages continue to grow in popularity, and Crystal has the answer to this quandary. New on our bar menus is a selection of Seedlip Garden & Seedlip Spice, billed as the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled spirits. They are distilled using botanicals in the same fashion as gin, but are not gin. These “cocktails” mirror the simple, fresh ingredients and preparation of the newly introduced Gin and Tonic drinks, with all of the depth of flavor and none of the booze.
Wherever you are in the world, and wherever you are aboard Crystal Cruises’ ships, our mixology masters invite you to the bar to try one of your new favorite twists on your old favorite cocktails, all-inclusive and completely delicious. Cheers!