MIAMI, May 8 â€“ When Celebrity Cruises bar manager Jesus Gomez calls out â€œEureka!â€, those around him know that their taste buds are about to be delighted. â€œEurekaâ€ is the name of the original cocktail that Gomez invented in the bars aboard Celebrity Summit, and it recently won him the coveted â€œBACARDI Bartender of the Yearâ€ honor in the third annual BACARDI Cruise Competition.
Gomez found inspiration for â€œEurekaâ€ in the unexpected combination of white cranberry juice, fresh basil leaves, and cucumber. After muddling the cucumber and basil in the bottom of a shaker, Gomez adds the cranberry juice, along with BOMBAY SAPPHIREÂ® Gin, Triple Sec, and ice before shaking the drink and pouring it into a highball glass.
â€œWe strive to offer outstanding dining and beverage choices to our guests,â€ said Jacques Van Staden, Celebrityâ€™s Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations. â€œWe know our guests love to experience the unexpected, and Jesusâ€™ recipe does just that.â€
Gomez, who is a native of Pampanga, Philippines, has worked for Celebrity Cruises for 12 years. Within the next several months, his â€œEurekaâ€ recipe will be available fleetwide. The cocktail also will be the signature drink at The Lawn Club on Celebrity Solstice, the first in a new class of ships debuting later this year.
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