Happy Hour Special: Celebrity’s Elderflower Blush

November 9, 2011 | By | 71 Comments

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week, we’ll be offering up special happy hour recipes for you to imbibe at your leisure. For our third installment, we’re raising the swank level with Celebrity CruisesElderflower Blush, which is served up in the Molecular Bar onboard the line’s Solstice-class ships. Molecular Bar is all about using innovative techniques and fresh ingredients to create unique cocktails. Elderflower Blush is no exception: This sophisticated concoction combines elderflower liqueur, gin, lemon juice, basil, strawberries and Sprite and is served in a tall, ice-filled pilsner. (Interesting note: Celebrity has dubbed the mixologists at Molecular Bar “liquid chefs,” and they can be found giving demos at least once per sailing.) Be sure to check back tomorrow for a recipe from Holland America.
Click here to download a PDF version of the recipe.
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    71 Responses to “Happy Hour Special: Celebrity’s Elderflower Blush”

    1. ann
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      The best time for a drink is on the Lido deck during Sail Away!

    2. Melissa
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      The question should be “when’s the best time of day NOT to drink!!” When you’re on a cruise, any time is a good time!

    3. Chrystine Paquette
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      Anytime!! I like between 7 and 9pm

    4. Sheryl Maldonado
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      I’ve never tried this drink before but it sounds delicious. The cruise that would go with it sounds mighty fine too! LOL!!

    5. LAURIE Hopper
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      In the evening before we start to dance!!

    6. Helen L Hoke
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm


    7. Gail Murphy
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      Best time of the day?? would have to say right after that towel hits the pool chair….sitting in the sun, by the pool, with the music and action surrounding you on the cruise….cant beat it!!!! Nice cold drink of the day :)

    8. Jessica
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Best time of day for a drink is when you are out on the deck in a lounge chair… so all day :)

    9. Jean
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Gotta love an awesome cocktail any time your cruising!

    10. Mandie
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      Anytime with friends and family

    11. heather rimmer
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      Anytime ! Just before dinner – between 7pm and 8pm –

    12. Bill Raffel
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      On the balcony, with 10 cruise friends, watching the sunset, after a great day in port. PRICELESS!

    13. Lorie McGuire
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      The best time of the day for a drink is when you have just returned from swimming with the stingrays at Grand Cayman and you sit on your personal balcony and soak up the sun while enjoying a Grey Goose Vodka mixed with cranberry juice and a lime twist. Sigh……

    14. carlos
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      As long Im Awake ;After all im on a cruise

    15. MJ Heider
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      Best time of the day for a drink? Every time they offer a “Drink of the Day Special”! Oh, wait….that’s every day, all day long! Sweeeeeeeeet!

    16. Tracy
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      I love have a super cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc with my lunch!

    17. anne stawinski
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

      The best time for a drink, is when you first board the ship and they are waiting for you with those fancy glasses with the fancy drinks. That’s officially start of your cruise vacation!!!

    18. Barb
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      after I finish my first drink and before my next…. <3

    19. Janice
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

      If we’re talking about cruisin’ then you have to get the drink of the day as soon as you board the ship!

    20. Linda
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

      5:00, oh look, it already 5:15. I’m late!!

    21. tyler
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

      Afternoon by the pool

    22. Marilyn
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

      Any cocktail which contains juice for breakfast. I like a healthy breakfast!

    23. Pamela
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

      When celebrating anything…with the love of your life!!!!
      some irnphhu

    24. Anne
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

      Right after lunch so you can enjoy more drinks without getting too tipsy too quickly.

    25. John Richards
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

      Agrarian unpacking and exploring the ship to begin a relaxing vacation.de

    26. Vicki
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

      I think the best time to drink is whenever I feel in the mood for a drink. There isn’t a schedule when I am on a cruise. I love having the freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want.

    27. Mary B
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

      I’ve tried elderflower liqueur…it is really delicious. I bet this drink would be amazing.

    28. Chyrie Moore
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

      during two for one specials!!!

    29. Megan
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

      The best time of the day for a drink is mid-afternoon by the pool; between the delicious cocktail, the sunshine, and the people watching, you can’t beat it!

    30. Juliet
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

      Anytime is a good time!

    31. Melissa J
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

      I would say ANYTIME is a good time for a drink! Can I get an AMEN to that? :)

    32. Ann Marie
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

      Day time/night time??? Any time!

    33. Lucie Jackson
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

      At 5 pm precisely, and it’s always 5 somewhere.

    34. Summer
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

      While I’m not a heavy drinker, there’s nothing quite like a Bailey’s in Coffee to start your morning while watching the waves…

    35. jackie Aday
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

      Best time for a drink … as soon as I get on the ship! Otherwise…5:00! :-)

    36. michele moore
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

      yea I’m not driving the ship so I say all the time if thats what you want to do. Your on vacation afterall!!!

    37. Roxana
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

      I have never been on a cruise but i wish so much. But the best time for a drink is that day when you are relaxing on board and you say: thank you God for this opportunity for beeing on this cruise ship and having the luck to see so many beauties of the world. In my opinion this should be the best moment to enjoy a good drink, doesn.t matter the time of the day.

    38. Sheila
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

      During karaoke. Everyone sounds good then! ;)

    39. Owen Carney
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

      Anytime between waking up and dozing off.

    40. Susan willis
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

      Now!? I’d like to try that elderflower blush! And anytime after 11 when I’m on a Cruz!

    41. Shellly Bandy
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

      During the day by the pool:-)

    42. Matt Vanscoy
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

      Cook-book = New Meal Plans!!!

    43. mark lewis
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

      On Board, at the Champagne Bar!

      wish we were there right now

    44. Robin
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

      I haven’t cruised yet but am looking forward to days at sea with a rum drink in my hand lounging by the pool!

    45. danita conte
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

      The best time of day for a drink is when you are ready to relax and enjoy the day.

    46. Neets
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

      The best time of day for a drink is quiting time or if I’m on a cruise…anytime !!

    47. Brenda Danner
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

      Anytime you are with friends or family! Hey, It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!!!

    48. Ronnie
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

      The best time is “whenever.”

    49. mark lewis
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

      On Board, at the Champagne Bar!

      Now if I could only figure out how to submit this comment without the computer telling me that it is waiting on moderation….Ususally the mixologist assists me with that task…lol

    50. Michelle Gonzalez
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

      Best time to drink- with dinner

    51. Joseph
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

      I’m 13 so I can’t answer that question for alcohol but I definitely can for smoothies, soft drinks, etc. You can drink these if the time meats this Criteria:

      1: Anytime your thirsty
      2: Anytime your tired
      3: Anytime your on a cruise
      4: Anytime your having fun
      5: Anytime your relaxing
      6: Anytime your playing sports
      7: Anytime your well……. doing anything!!!!!

    52. Kathy Nelson
      November 9th, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

      The best time of the day for a drink on a cruise ship is late afternoon, when you are sitting back with family and friends relaxing and enjoy the view of the sunset with that gentle breeze blowing, savoring the taste of the special drink you have and talk about the wonderful day you have just had and make plans for tomorrow. As a reward for having so much fun that day, you have to order another drink.

    53. Jo
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:01 pm


    54. Kathy Nelson
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:01 pm


    55. Eddie Marshall
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

      The best time for a drink is the first one of the vening in the cabin when getting ready to go out for the evening. It sets you up nicely.

    56. Brenda Crabtree
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

      I will try the elderflower in 3 weeks aboard the eclipse.

    57. shaorn harrington
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

      missed the cut off but still wanted to answer is ANYTIME on a cruise !!! yaY!!!

    58. Theresa Schertz
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

      Anytime you feel the need…since when I’m on a cruise I amnot a time watcher :)

    59. Carla
      November 9th, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

      Lets see, the best time begins after embarkation and ends on debarkation. Anytime is a good time.

    60. Marty
      November 9th, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

      A bloody Mary right after watching the sunrise delivered to me while sitting in a lounge chair on deck

    61. veronica
      November 9th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

      Love a mimosa in the morning on the deck!trad

    62. Mindy
      November 9th, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

      Anytime Gareth from Wales is making me a Summer Solstice at The Sunset Bar on Equinox!

    63. patti bertino
      November 10th, 2011 @ 8:01 am

      alot to go in drink

    64. Heidi
      November 10th, 2011 @ 8:06 am

      I would love to try the recipe…but am allergic to strawberries. Have to stick to the Chocolate Martini instead! What a sacrifice! LOL

    65. selena
      November 10th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

      Best time for a drink is sailing time…but iI am going to pinch this recipe and make it our new Chrissy day drink…pop a paper boat in the pool and sail away in my mind….

    66. Annetta Penn
      November 10th, 2011 @ 9:23 am

      Can’t wait to try this on my cruise next week. These drinks look so good. If they taste as great as they look I will be in trouble.

    67. Darelynn Clay
      November 10th, 2011 @ 11:32 am

      When ISN’T a good time when cruising? The ONLY time I drink during the day…and all day long….is when I’m on a cruise!

    68. Marilyn R
      November 10th, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

      Before Dinner of course what better way to end your day enjoy a drink before dinner.

    69. Sue Ocock
      November 11th, 2011 @ 3:35 am

      Anytime, but especially after a long, hard day at sea before heading to dinner

    70. Sandy Hendon
      November 11th, 2011 @ 10:59 am

      When you’re on a crusie, anytime is a good time to drink, especially on the veranda watching the sea

    71. marlenna
      December 31st, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

      JEESE, I have a lot to learn according to the timing and where and when

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