Passport for Your Palate-Half Moon Punch

Posted by: Lisa Rossmeissl-Boomerang Escapes on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm


Half Moon Punch

Recently, I attended this year's CruiseWorld in Fort Lauderdale, as an invitee of their STAR (Select Travel Advisor Recognition) program.  The event is comprised of a 3 day learning conference with speakers at general sessions, breakout class sessions from tourism boards, suppliers, and agents top in their field, and trade day with one on one time with the hundred or so suppliers in attendance.  There are options to extend with pre and post conference activities to do site inspections of various cruise ships.   We learned the latest to come on the high seas and rivers which is all very exciting for you, but one of the best things for us as travel advisors is the trade day.

 

Trade day let's us ask those individual questions, pick up materials, and build our relationships with our business development and sales managers for each of the companies in attendance.  It is a fun day because travel is fun! It is part of the reason everyone takes a vacation, right?  We look each year for places to escape and enjoy life.  This year's conference did not disappoint with appetizers, champagne, cocktails, contests, and more bringing a lively vibe to our one on one interactions.

 

The cruise lines in general really went over the top with the fun aspect.  A favorite booth was Holland America where they were showcasing Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff's Signature Cocktail the Half Moon Punch.  This Punch and Half Moon Cay, the cruise line's private island stop, is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary and we were there to celebrate with Holland America glass in hand.  Holland America was gracious enough to share with us the recipe of  this celebratory cocktail.  For those that drink, you know rum punch is always a favorite go to as you enjoy the sun, sand, and waters of the Caribbean. For your mixing pleasure, I share below both the alcoholic version and non-alcoholic versions of this delectable cocktail for your next Caribbean themed party  or afternoon pool side gathering.  As Holland America Line says, "Savor the Journey."

 

HALF MOON PUNCH (Alcoholic Version)

 

Ingredients

1 oz. Dark Rum

1 oz. Light Rum

1/2 oz. Ferrand Dry Curacao

2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1/4 oz. Sweetened Passion Fruit Puree

(Sweeten with Agave Nectar, 2 parts Puree to 1 part Agave Nectar)

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

1/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Splash (1/8 oz.) Grenadine

Dash of Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters

Garnishes: Pineapple Leaf, half Orange Slice and a Purple Sonia Orchid

 

Individual Serving Preparation

Combine the two rums and the Dry Curacao in a cocktail shaker glass with five ounces of the juice mix, a dahs of the bitters and a splash (1/8 oz.) of the grenadine. Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a tall serving glass. Garnish and serve with long straws.

 

HALF MOON PUNCH (Non-alcoholic Version)

 

Ingredients

3 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

3 oz.  Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz. Sweetened Passion Fruit Puree

(Sweetened with Agave Nectar, 2 parts Puree to 1 part Agave Nectar)

1 oz. Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

2 splashes (1/4 oz.) Grenadine

Dash of Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters

Garnishes: Pineapple Leaf, half Orange Slice and Purple Sonia Orchid

 

Individual Serving Preparation

Combine seven ounces of the juice mix, a dash of the bitters and two splashes (1/4 oz. ) of the grenadine in a cocktail shaker glass with ice. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a tall serving glass. Garnish and serve with long straws.

 

ENJOY!

CruiseWorld Toasting Half Moon Cay

 

Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.

   

 


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