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Holland America Line Partners With Award-Winning Bartender

Holland America Line has partnered with award-winning bartender Ivy Mix to craft five new cocktails to be featured in Ocean Bar on ships cruising in Mexico and Latin America this year. Mix used cities in these regions to inspire the unique cocktails that have a combination of tropical, fruity and savory elements in each drink. The pan-Latin drinks celebrate the people, regions and ingredients that have inspired Mix during her career.

“Ivy’s mastery in crafting distinctive cocktails is truly extraordinary, and her invaluable expertise in mixology will undoubtedly elevate our beverage programming onboard,” said Drew Foulk, Holland America Line’s senior manager of beverage operation and dining innovation. “Our guests want to experience every aspect of the destinations we visit, and cocktails serve as a great conduit, narrating the story of a culture through the journey of taste exploration. Her inspired cocktails are a perfect addition to our menu.” 

The new Ivy Mix Cocktails are:

  • Costa Pacifica-Eucalyptus-infused reposado tequila, creme de banana, lemon, and honey.
  • Lima-Pisco, calvados, lemon, white peppercorn, apricot, sage, and egg white.
  • Puerto Vallarta-Blanco tequila, Aperol, lime, mango, and habanero.
  • São Paulo-Cachaça, coconut, lime, passion fruit, vanilla, and cinnamon
  • Santo Domingo-Rum, lime, pineapple, ginger, aromatic bitters, soda.

Ivy Mix began her bartending career on a trip to Guatemala where she then lived and worked for years. She traveled to Mexico to study mezcales and tequilas which gave her unique knowledge in the agave spirits. Mix is the author of “Spirits of Latin America” as well as the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including American Bartender of the Year, Wine Enthusiast Mixologist of the Year and World’s Best Bar Mentor.

“As a bartender, I have focused my path on nurturing my passion for spirits that come from Latin America, and I’m excited to bring these flavors from land to sea on Holland America Line cruises in Mexico and Latin America,” said Mix. “The curated cocktails show off the personality of the region, using spirits like tequila, rum and Pisco.”

Mix is the latest to join Holland America Line’s ever-evolving beverage program which includes launching its own brand of gin as well as introducing an 18th-century style rum punch curated by well-known mixologist David Wondrich.