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Carnival Details New Hard Seltzer and Cocktail Offerings

Over the years, Carnival Cruise Lines has really stepped up its game when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Under the direction of Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations, they’ve created custom drink menus for almost every bar on board their ships. They also debuted the popular Alchemy Bar, introduced the first brewery at sea, and made its own line of custom beers. Well, they’re stepping up their game even more with a line of custom hard seltzers and some brand new cocktails debuting on the new Carnival Celebration this November. 

Carnival Custom Hard Seltzers

carnival thirsty frog hard seltzers

Carnival will be bringing two custom hard seltzers to all their ships. While it seems everyone and their mother has their own hard seltzer, Carnival currently only offers Truly aboard the ships.

To create this new line of ThirstyFrog hard seltzers, they worked with their longtime partner Brew Hub from Landland, FL. This company is behind Carnival’s extensive line of custom beers that’s already available across the ships. 

Rather than stick to the more traditional Black Cherry and Lime flavors that every other hard seltzer seems to go with, they are adding two unique flavors.  

Carnival describes the flavors are the following:

  • ThirstyFrog Piña Colada Hard Seltzer – Sweet and refreshing, with hints of pineapple and coconut.
  • ThirstyFrog Berry Hibiscus – Flavorful and fizzy, with a mixture of berries and a touch of hibiscus.

These vodka-based drinks are 5% alcohol and only 99 calories.

Carnival Celebration gets custom cocktails with local flair

When the Carnival Celebration debuts, it will have a brand new bar called Bar 820 in the 820 Biscayne zone. This area will pay homage to Carnival’s roots in Miami, and the cocktail menu at this bar will reflect that. 

820 bar outdoor seating
820 Bar on Carnival Celebration will feature indoor and outdoor seating

Carnival has released details of 3 of the cocktails that will be appearing in this bar. One thing they all have in common is they all come from local Miami-based roots. Tropical Distiller, a Miami-based distillery, will provide their JF Haden Mango Liqueur for one of the cocktails. In addition, two other local vendors, Magic City Garnish and Filthy Foods, will contribute the unique garnishes for some of the cocktails. 

The 3 custom martinis Carnival released are:

Mango 305 Cocktail

carnival mango 305 cocktail

When you’re going for a tropical vacation feel, it’s hard to beat mango flavor. This cocktail combines real mango puree, orange juice, lemon, and 4-year-old rum and serves it with a dehydrated mango chip. 

The Flamingo Cocktail

carnival flamingo cocktail

Bright and tropical, the Flamingo has guava puree, lime juice, pineapple juice, and Bacardi superior. The cocktail is finished with a dehydrated lime wheel. 

Key Lime Pie Cocktail

carnival key lime cocktail

Nothing screams South Florida more than Key Lime Pie, and the last cocktail captures that spirit. The Key lime Pie cocktail combines fresh lime juice, key lime pie syrup, vanilla, and Bacardi for a boozy take on the classic Florida dessert. 

Miami Beers

miami weiss beer

On top of that, Carnival is also with M.I.A. Beer Company on a new collaborative beer and the brewery’s Miami Weiss beer.

Carnival continues its cocktail dominance

It’s hard to find such a comprehensive beverage program on any other cruise line in North America. These additions make it even more challenging for the competition to keep up. We’re still waiting for the full menu for Bar 820 to be released, and when it is, we’ll add it to the Carnival Bar Menus page. 

We’ll also be making these cocktails in the coming weeks. Sign up for updates if you want the recipes and to see how they turn out. 

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Randy Young

Randy Young is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cruise Spotlight. He has been in marketing for 19 years and has been cruising for just as long. Over the years, he's worked with products like TVs, copiers, light bulbs, and EV chargers, but cruising has always been his passion. There's nothing Randy likes more than the first couple of hours on a ship, exploring every nook and cranny and seeing how it's different from everything else out there. He's known for providing detailed and analytical coverage of cruising to help cruisers get a comprehensive picture of a ship's offerings.