We are now onboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas training our team and taking control of the Michael’s Genuine Pub front and back of house. After a day of intense sea trials for the ship and stress tests for most of the F&B venues, we are in-port in Bremerhaven, Germany finally with our liquor in-house and almost ready for our first “stress test” service. As we continue training our bartenders and servers, transitioning from menu tastings into POS system usage, we launch into the fourth part of our virtual menu tour… not so virtual anymore! View Part I | Snacks here, Part II | Charcuterie & Cheese here, and all Michael’s Genuine Pub coverage here. We’ve been posting as much as unpredictable wifi will allow us via @MGFD_MIA’s Instagram here.
Today we turn to the back of the menu and explore the beverage line up featured at the Michaels Genuine Pub. It’s a lot to cover in one post, but apropos given our liquor was just turned over to us from customs and packed into our walk-in cooler last night. Here we’ll explore cocktails and beer, and save a deeper dive into spirits, incuding the Pubʼs three whiskey flights focusing on rye, bourbon and other American whiskeys, for another time. And then there’s the wine!
The importance of craft, or any product made in a traditional manner with ingredients being sourced as locally as possible and made by the hands of an Artisan, is imperative to the genuine culture of the Pub and its expression as a neighborhood bar. Most of the unique, American-made and small batch brands we carry are NOT available at any of the other bars or venues on the ship. Likewise, the brands you may be used to finding available everywhere are not available at the Pub. TGHG Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed pulled from what we know and love at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and produced a solid line up of six handcrafted, original, “food-friendly” cocktail recipes that use fresh ingredients and quality spirits and are pleasing to the eye and palate. Let’s start there.
Candidate: Made with Chivas 12 year scotch, Canton Ginger liqueur, lemon, and a candied ginger wheel, this cocktail is the perfect twist on the classic Rob Roy, replacing sweet vermouth with Canton Ginger liquor. Fun fact, this cocktail was created during President Obama’s run for office, hence the name “Candidate”.
Cabarete: This is Michaels Genuine’s most popular cocktail, and was named after the town in the Dominican Republic. It is a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz, made with Aperol, St. Germain, Watermelon juice, sparkling wine, and orange bitters. Garnished with a grapefruit peel, it is light, fruity, floral, and refreshing.
Bulletproof Manhattan: Made with Breckenridge Bourbon, rosemary-cherry syrup, and lemon, this twist on a classic Manhattan is one of our most iconic. It is garnished with rosemary cherries skewered on a sprig of rosemary.
Sombrita: Illegal Reposado Mezcal, fresh pineapple and cucumber, jalepeño,cardamom, and agave nectar are all mixed to create this exotic cocktail. The hint of smoke and spice are prominent, yet neither overwhelm the wonderful combination of fresh pineapple and cucumber. Also included in the drink is Mezcal, which is a spirit distilled from the piña of the Maguey.
Old Pal: The Old Pal is a twist on the classic Negroni. With a touch of Martini & Rossi Dry & Sweet Vermouth and subbing Cyrus Noble Bourbon for gin, this cocktail enlivens the mid palate. Also in the drink is Campari and Regan’s Orange Bitters, garnished with an orange peel.
Thunderball: A different take on the classic Mai-Tai featuring Papas Pilar Dark Rum, Cardamaro cordial, and fresh orange juice along with lemon juice, house-made Grenadine, pineapple foam, Fee Old bitters, garnished with a lime peel.
I personally may be most excited about the beers Ryan has lined up. A “Craft Beer” is a beer with a distinctive flavor, produced in small quantities and distributed in a particular region. “Craft brewing” typically applies to relatively small, independently-owned commercial breweries that employ traditional brewing methods and emphasize flavor and quality. The term is usually reserved for breweries established since the 1970s, but may be used for older breweries with a similar focus. Here the word small is defined as an “annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less”, independent defined as at least 75% owned or controlled by a craft brewer, and traditional defined as at least 50% of its volume being all malt beer. Here’s what we currently have secured in the walk-in cooler. Can’t wait to pop the cap on a cold Home Brew!