King Cocktail Partnership on Holland America Line
Holland America Line has created a new partnership with Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff. Continuing Holland America Line’s commitment to offer an exceptional food and beverage experience, DeGroff — known as “King Cocktail,”— has developed a drink menu to showcase signature classics as well as some unique originals.
Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president, said, “For many guests, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a well-made, unique cocktail after a long day of sightseeing or before dinner, and adding a master mixologist to our team gives us the diversity we seek in creating the most robust food and beverage program at sea. We’re excited to welcome the talents of Dale DeGroff to our family, and we know our guests are going to enjoy his innovative creations.”
DeGroff’s creations will debut aboard ms Eurodam this month and will expand fleetwide by springtime – his cocktail menu includes:-
- Gallery Gimlet
- Hemingway Daiquiri
- Yuzu Margarita
- The Ritz Cocktail
- Whiskey and Joe
- Another Shade of Greyhound
- "Slightly Less Than Perfect" Perfect Manhattan
Many of these drinks have a storied past. The Hemingway Daiquiri is a unique spin off of Hemingway’s favourite drink, the Papa Doble.
The Ritz Cocktail is a dazzling champagne cocktail presented with a burst of flamed orange peel and was one of the most popular drinks at the legendary Rainbow Room where DeGroff created it as a tribute to the Ritz cocktails of Paris and Madrid.
DeGroff developed skills, techniques and expertise while tending bar for three decades at various notable establishments including New York’s famous Rainbow Room. He has received the James Beard Award for Wine & Spirits, was inducted into the prestigious James Beard Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2015 and is author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail.