Dos Equis beer may lay claim to “the world’s most interesting man in the world,” but Princess Cruises can trump that when it comes to a proper cocktail king. To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, Princess Cruises welcomed aboard the world’s most famous bartender, popularly known as Isaac Washington from “The Love Boat.”
Everyone’s favorite barkeep was portrayed by actor Ted Lange in the hugely-popular 1970-80s TV series, but few of his fans know that he’s actually an expert mixologist. “I was a licensed bartender when I starred as Isaac in ‘The Love Boat,’” Lange explains, flashing his famously friendly smile. “So Princess Cruises asked me to come back on board to invent a cocktail which I think everyone’s going to love.
Ted’s favorite cruise destination is The Caribbean, so he recently sailed there with Princess Cruises on the Crown Princess to introduce his new tropical rum cocktail that he named “The Isaac” in honor of, well, himself. He showed the Crown Princess beverage crew how it’s done:
2 oz. White Rum (we recommend Wray & Nephew’s award-winning white overproof rum from Jamaica)
2 oz. Pomegranate Syrup (Monin and Torani topped our taste test)
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Lime & Pineapple Leaves to garnish
Start by simply pouring the rum, syrup and juice over ice in shaker. “Shake to mix,” says Lange. “We don’t stir it, we shake it. I taught James Bond that.” Then strain over fresh ice in tall glass and top with club soda. Garnish with lime slices and, for an unexpected twist, two pineapple leaves. “The leaves are in tribute to my signature move,” he explains, smiling and pointing at the drink with both hands. Voila!
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