Special to VacationStarter.com
November 3, 2011
"Drink responsibly. Our mixologists will take care of the rest."
That's the mantra for Alchemy Bar, Carnival Cruise Line's new bar that debuted aboard the Carnvial Liberty after its recent Fun Ships 2.0 upgrades.
Alchemy Bar is an interesting twist on a drinking establishment, themed around as if you were getting prescription drinks from the pharmacy. The menu is filled with interesting titled mixed drinks and served as "cocktail therapy" by lab-coat-clad bartenders, who are called mixologists. The theme carries over to the menu, as all of the drinks are anything but ordinary.
Here's a sampling of some the drinks and their ingredients:
THE PERFECT STORM: Ready for an invigorating boost? Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Cruzan White Rum, Strawberry Puree, a Hint of Rosemary Sprig and Fresh Lime.
SPICY CHIPOTLE PINEAPPLE MARTINI: Prepared with Finlandia Vodka, Chipotle Pineapple Syrup, Pineapple Juice, Simple Syrup and Mint Leaves.
FORTY IS THE NEW TWENTY: A martini tastefully prepared for the young and the young at heart. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, SKYY Vodka, Cranberry Juice and Citrus.
CUCUMBER SUNRISE: Absolut Vodka, Watermelon Nectar, Muddled Cucumber, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice and a Splash of Orange Juice. Light and delicious.
THE YOUTHFUL & BOLD BERRITINI: Buck the currents of time with Finlandia Cranberry Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. Strawberries, Fresh Lime Juice and a Splash of Soda complete this martini to enliven the throes of youth.
THE ANTIOXIDANT: Rejuvenate with Finlandia Mango Vodka, Aperol, Tangerine, Fresh Lime Juice and a Dash of Orange Juice.
THE REMEDY: Stress? What stress? Feel good with Gosling's Black Seal Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum, Orange Juice, Pineapple and Fresh Lime Juice.
THE QUICK FIX: Pernod Absinthe, Bacardi Rum, SKYY Vodka, Beefeater Gin, MIDORI Melon, Citrus and a Dash of Sprite. You'll feel better in no time.
ALCHEMIST'S SIDECAR: A century-old favorite martini. Courvoisier VS Cognac, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice and Simple Syrup.
RESTORATIVE BASIL DROP: Sure to stimulate, soothe and restore your senses. Finlandia Vodka, Fresh Basil, Simple Syrup and Fresh Citrus.
RADICAL CURE: Tanqueray Gin, Lavender Essence, Fresh Lime Juice and Maraschino Liqueur. A martini for healing.
MOSCOW MULE: Earning decades of admiration for good reason. Ketel One Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice and Ginger Beer.
Drinks are $8.95 with the option to go top-shelf for another $1.
The Liberty is the first of 14 ships in the fleet getting a variety of upgrades including Guy's Burger Joint, from Food Network's celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the EA SPORTS Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and BlueIguana Cantina. Also among the upgrades was a revamped nightclub experience: Showcasing DJs trained by celebrity song master DJ IRIE, Carnival's official DJ who created DJ IRIE's Spin'iversity, the first DJ academy at sea.
Carnival Liberty's dry dock also included new carpeting, tile work, wall coverings and furniture, as well as other cosmetic upgrades and routine maintenance, the Miami-based cruise operator said. Carnival Liberty operates 7-day cruises from Miami year-round, alternating weekly to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Other ships will get receive these and other Fun Ship 2.0 features including a onboard games shows and entertainment productions in partnership with Hasbro. And the line's entertainment options will also be given an upgrade through partnerships with actor and comedian George Lopez, its newly appointed "curator of comedy." Lopez will lend his expertise to consult on hiring of talent, decor, lighting, music and more for line's popular nighttime entertainment venue called The Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.
After this year's Liberty, you'll see new features on the brand new Carnival Breeze, set to debut in June 2012. The Carnival Dream will then receive some enhancements when it goes into drydock in September 2012, followed by the Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory and Carnival Splendor. The Destiny, Legend, Pride and Victory are up in 2013, the Elation, Freedom, Triumph and Valor in 2014 and the new Carnival Magic and Carnival Paradise in 2015.
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