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After Eight Martini

After Eight Martini

Pre-dinner cocktails are great, but what about after the meal is over and the guests want something a little more on the dessert side? That's where the After Eight Martini comes in. 4 ingredients, super quick to make & it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Winner...

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Mocktails ~ A healthy CHEERS!

Mocktails ~ A healthy CHEERS!

When doing cocktail training onboard, how frequently do you include Mocktails? My guess if you are anything like me, Mocktails rarely cross your mind. Believe it or not, it DOES happen & since my first Non-Alcohol charter happened a few years ago, I've always made...

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Gin & Juice

Gin & Juice

T oday is all about a classic, Gin & Juice.     Last year I went to LA to go Wedding Dress shopping & finally had a chance to meet up with Melissa. I first met Melissa through an instagram challenge we both did a few years ago, we started chatting...

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Wine: Storage

Wine: Storage

I can not believe this the fourth & final chapter of our Wine Series! Kim, THANK YOU so much for all of your incredible insight into the world of wine! As someone who didn't know anything other than a red wine & white wine when I started yachting, I'm always...

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007 Martini Bar

007 Martini Bar

Bond. James Bond. The perfect iconic theme for a very special guest & his surprise birthday party. Everything from the choice of music to the decoration throughout the evening had to have that je ne sais quoi. The classic shaken, not stirred quote first came about...

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Wine: Cork Taint

Wine: Cork Taint

Wine Chat is BACK! The lovely Kim has shared her input on Wine Faults today. She gets the core of what Cork Taint means & debunks all of the rumours. This was a huge learning lesson for me as I knew very little about Cork Taint until now. Anyone else get really...

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Wine: Service & Decanting

Wine: Service & Decanting

Anyone else open a bottle of wine after reading PART ONE of the wine training series?! Well, you may as well just open another now... I know I am! Today's topic is all about presenting wine to guests & the correct way to decant wines - both old & new. P.S. If...

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Wine: Corkscrews

Wine: Corkscrews

Stews, I am so excited to be discussing all things wine with the incredible Kim! She's a wine connoisseur from Australia who started working on yachts as a service stewardess in Feb 2017. We first met through Instagram, just before Kim took her first yachting position...

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

L et’s face it, brunch is always a good idea.   We spent the past few winters up north in Canada without guests onboard. It gave Ben & I loads of free weekends too Brunch to our hearts content. (Is Brunch a verb?...if not, it should be!)    ...

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Purple Haze

Purple Haze

Ribena. A blackcurrant cordial & a childhood favourite of mine! Not only does it taste delicious, but its also  has a vibrant colour & thick consistancy making it perfect for cocktails. To make this cocktail, you'll need Raspberry Vodka, Ribera, Tonic Water...

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