Recipes

"Fall off the bone" BBQ Ribs recipe from Royal Caribbean

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02Jul2020

The first week of July means some major holidays in North America, including Canada Day and Independence Day, which means lots of cooking meats to celebrate these holidays.

When you are coming up with your party grill menu, you can bring the "fall off the bone" BBQ Ribs from Portside BBQ on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to your home with this easy recipe.

Royal Caribbean Vice President Food & Beverage, Linken D'Souza, shared how to make these super tasty ribs and home, which means you can not only get a great meal for your family, but also bring back some cruise memories from onboard.

Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

"Fall off the bone" BBQ Ribs Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Put all dry rub ingredients into a bowl and mix well with a spatula.

Step 2: Time to prepare the ribs. Flip the ribs over to the back side.

Step 3: Take a sharp knife from one side and run it all the way down the center.

Step 4: Use your fingers to get underneath the membrane. Peel back until completely removed.

Step 5: Time to rub the ribs. Bring the ribs to room temperature, and then generously sprinkle the seasoning over the ribs and use your hands to rub into the meat.

Step 6: Flip the ribs and repeat the sprinkling and rubbing until the rubs are completely covered.

Wood Pouch

Ingredients:

  • Applewood: 0.75 lb
  • Hickory 0.75 lb

Making the Wood Pouch:

Step 1: Take half of each wood flavor and soak in water for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Take remaining dry wood flavors and mix together.

Step 3: Place half of the dry wood mix on 2 pieces of aluminum foil.

Step 4: Mix the soaked wood and dry wood on the aluminum foil sheets.

Step 5: Place the wood in the middle of the foil and fold each side to the middle. Make sure it is tightly wrapped and flip over.

Step 6: Use a knife to poke 6-8 one-inch holes to allow smoke through.

Preparing to grill

Step 1: Remove one of the grates while grill is still cold.

Step 2: Place one wood pouch with holes facing up on the side with the grate removed.

Step 3: Turn on grill only, heating up the side with the pouch and close the lid.

Step 4: Turn down the grill down to low once you reach 300°F and the wood starts to smoke.

Cooking the Ribs

Step 1: Place the ribs on the side where the heat is off and close the lid.

Step 2: After 1.5 hours, place the 2nd pouch of wood over the heat. Let cook for 3 hours.

Step 3: To get the ribs to  "fall of the bone", remove the cooked rubs and place on a foil sheet.

Step 4: Add one chopped white onion around the ribs.

Step 5: Take 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce mixed with 1/4 cup of water and pour over the ribs and evenly baste.

Step 6: Wrap the ribs in foil and place over the grate.

Step 7: Turn the heat under the rub to medium and continue to cook for 1 - 1.5 hours.

Glazing the ribs

Step 1: Remove the rubs from the foil and place over medium high heat.

Step 2: Use your favorite BBQ sauce glaze to glaze the ribs with as little, or as much, sauce as you like to caramelize.

Step 3: Remove from grill after 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy the ribs and have a great holiday weekend!

How to make Royal Caribbean's Grand Sabor Margarita at home for Cinco de Mayo

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05May2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo! While we cannot celebrate this festive holiday on a Royal Caribbean ship (or even at a bar near home), the next best thing is making the world famous Sabor margaritas at home!

The Grand Sabor Margarita is one of the premier beverages available at my favorite Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant, Sabor Modern Mexican.

Margaritas are a great drink to enjoy anytime of the year, but on Cinco de Mayo, it is a must-drink option. 

If you were at Sabor, you could choose between a variety of margaritas, like avocado or jalapeño-cucumber. 

Here is how to "plus" your Cinco de Mayo (and Taco Tuesday) festivities at home with the Grand Sabor Margarita recipe!

Grand Sabor Margarita Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Patron Reposado tequila
  • 1 oz. Cedilla Acai Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup

Suggested music while preparing your Grand Sabor Margarita

  • Tequila Song - The Champs

Grand Sabor Margarita Instructions

  1. Over ice in a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, Grand Marnier, lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Double strain into a prepared glass with fresh ice and garnish.

Recipe: Love Connection frozen drink

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02May2020

The days seem to be blending together to the point weekdays and weekends may not seem to differ all that much, but May is here, and that means warmer temperatures.  If the mercury is rising, then I have the perfect frozen drink to try.

The Love Connection is a blend of two favorite frozen concoctions in one.  It is one of those drinks that if you saw someone order at a bar on Royal Caribbean, you would probably ask the bartender to make one for you as well.

If you leave out the rum, this is also a fun drink for the kids!

Photo by Brian Robinson

If you are ready to welcome in summer, get your blender out and sip on the Love Connection.

Love Connection Ingredients

Suggested music while preparing your Love Connection

  • The Merrymen - Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Photo by Kris Leppien-Christensen

Love Connection Instructions

  1. Blend 1/2 oz rum with each of the mixes and ice.
  2. Layer each blend into a hurricane glass in the following order:
    1. Strawberry
    2. Pina Colada
    3. Mango
  3. Serve with colorful straw

Recipe: Caesar Salad from Royal Caribbean's Main Dining Room

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30Apr2020

There are so many great options on the main dining room menu that have become favorites over the years, including the Traditional Caesar Salad.

Caesar salads are not unique to Royal Caribbean, but the version served up in the main dining room are usually a must-order every night appetizer.

Did you know: Contrary to popular belief, Caesar Salad is not named after Julius Caesar, the famed leader of the Roman Empire, but for Chef Caesar Cardoni, famed Italian restaurateur, who created the dish in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924. The original dish called for coddled whole eggs. 

Traditional Caesar Salad Ingredients

Serves 6

Croutons

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sourdough bread, cubed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Ingredients

  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried and cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese 

Salad

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 anchovy fillets, drained or 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt 

Suggested music while preparing your Traditional Caesar Salad

  • Marshmello ft. Bastille - Happier

Traditional Caesar Salad Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 380°F
  2. To prepare croutons, place bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss well to coat evenly. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Set aside to cool on a paper towel. 
  3. To prepare Caesar dressing, combine all ingredients except oil in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. While processing, slowly add oil. Adjust seasoning, cover, and refrigerate.
  4. Place romaine hearts on chilled plates, drizzle with Caesar dressing, and garnish with Parmesan shavings and croutons. Serve immediately. 

Recipe: Poke Bowl from Izumi on Royal Caribbean

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20Apr2020

My favorite specialty restaurant on any Royal Caribbean ship is Izumi, and you really do not have to twist my arm to convince to dine there.

From their incredible rolls, to the famous hibachi experience, to the hot rocks, there is lots to love about the Izumi menu.

While I have yet to find a suitable "hibachi at home" alternative, I was able to get the recipe for a newer menu item that I enjoy ordering on nearly every sailing, simple poke deluxe with soy sriracha marinade.

While this may not bring the whole Izumi experience to your home, it will provide the next best thing!

Poke Bowl Ingredients

Serves 1

  1. 4 ounces Tuna, cut 1/4" thick
  2. 4 ounces Salmon, cut 1/4" thick
  3. 2 ounces Seasweed Salad
  4. 1 teaspoon Masago, smelt egg
  5. 2 ounces Avocado, cut 1/4" thick
  6. 1/4 ounce Cucumber, julienned
  7. 1/8 ounce Cilantro, chopped
  8. 1/8 ounce Jalapeno, sliced thin
  9. 1/2 ounce red onion, chopped
  10. 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  11. 1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Paste
  12. 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
  13. 1/8 ounce chili pepper, dried
  14. 1 sprinkle roasted white and black sesame
  15. seed, or furikake as option
  16. 4 ounces Sushi rice, or brown sushi rice

Suggested music while preparing your Poke Bowl

Poke Bowl Instructions

Sushi Rice Instructions

  1. 5 cups California rose sushi rice measured and washed 5 times in cold water - strain 5 minutes.
  2. Cook with purified 5 cups of water for 35 minutes in rice cooker.
  3. Mix 3/4 cup of sushi vinegar (3/4 rice vinegar, 4 TBSP sugar, 1 tsp salt - dissolved) 
  4. Use plastic large bowl to mix all together with spatula while fanning & cooling rice; let rice sit 5 minutes each side.

Poke Bowl Assembly Instructions

  1. Mix the sauces and seasonings together and put to side
  2. Mix the chopped Tuna and Salmon with chopped cilantro, masago, onions, avocado with the marinade
  3. Place the mixed poke towards the back of the bowl
  4. Neatly place the tossed fish and ingredients elevating the dish
  5. Top off with Cilantro Sprig and julienned cucumber

Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake from Royal Caribbean

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16Apr2020

If there was a "Royal Caribbean Food Hall of Fame", I think it would be safe to say the flourless chocolate cake would be among the many inductees.

This dessert has been a staple of the main dining room dessert assortment for years, and is among the favorites of repeat cruisers. So much so, I received a special request for this recipe because it is so satisfying, and who would not want a little Royal Caribbean comfort food at home right about now?

Flourless chocolate cake Ingredients

Flourless Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar

Brandy Snap

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup

Garnish

  • Whipped cream
  • 20 strawberries, sliced
  • Chocolate ice cream, purchased
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, unsalted pistachios 
  • Mint leaves

Suggested music while preparing flourless chocolate cake

  • Andy Williams - A Summer Place

Flourless chocolate cake Instructions

Serves 10

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Coat a 10-inch springform pan with butter and wrap the outside with a double thickness of aluminum foil to prevent water from seeping in.
  3. Over a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter. Do not overheat. Set aside to cool, stirring for 5 minutes.
  4. Using an electric mixer. beat eggs and sugar until creamy Gradually fold the chocolate into egg mixture, then add rum, vanilla extract and coffee.
  5. Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan and cover with aluminum foil. Place in a roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up outside of pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool to room temperature in pan, transfer to a wire rack and chill overnight.
  7. For the Brandy Snap, combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll out to 1/4 inch flat on a sheet of parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. While still warm, cut into 1 -inch wide strips and roll one end around a shot glass.
  8. Slice cake and serve on chilled dessert plates, garnished with Brandy Snap, whipped cream. strawberries. a scoop of chocolate ice cream and mint leaf. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios. 

Recipe: Kahlua Crème Brûlée from Royal Caribbean's main dining room

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13Apr2020

If you are like me, being stuck at home means you might be eating a little bit more than usual (no judgement), so if you are going to indulge, why not go all out?

There are many dishes that have become Royal Caribbean main dining room classics, and that includes creme brulee.

The combination of a rich custard base topped with a texturally contrasting layer of hardened caramelized sugar is a big hit with many, and here is how you can make the same exact dessert at home!

Crème Brûlée Ingredients

Crème Brûlée

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 shot Kahlua

Garnish

  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh berries
  • Mint leaves

Suggested music while preparing Crème Brûlée

  • Matt and Kim - Get It

Crème Brûlée Instructions

Serves 6

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, slowly bring cream to a boil.
  3. In a mixing bowl. combine egg yolks and sugar and beat until mixture is lemon colored. Place over simmering water and beat until mixture has doubled in volume, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and keep whisking to cool it down.
  5. Slowly stir hot cream and Kahlua into egg mixture. Using a fine sieve, strain into a bowl set over ice to quickly chill the mixture.
  6.  Pour mixture into individual molds set in a shallow pan or baking dish. Pour water into the pan until it is halfway up the sides of the molds and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Evenly sprinkle top with brown sugar and place under broiler or use a pastry blow torch to heat sugar until it turns brown and bubbles.
  8. Let set for a few minutes, then garnish with berries and mint.

Tips:

  • Set the creme brulee molds in a shallow pan or baking dish and place in the oven. Then pour warm water around the molds. This avoids spilling water on the floor or into the custard When placing the pan in the oven.
  • The water surrounds the molds and creates a thermal "jacket" around the custard as it bakes. As the water heats. it keeps the custard at an even temperature and helps the custard set evenly

Recipe: Royal Caribbean's 50th Birthday Cake

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07Apr2020

It is never too late to celebrate Royal Caribbean's 50th anniversary, and nothing says a celebration quite like cake!

For many months, Royal Caribbean was serving guests in the main dining room a buttercream birthday cake, topped with rainbow sprinkles, a swirled lollipop and chocolate coin.

For my fellow cruise fans also going through cruise withdrawal, here is how to make your very own Royal Caribbean birthday cake at home!

50th Birthday Cake Ingredients

Serves 4. Ready in 1.5 hours (or 1 hour if you buy sponge cake).

Vanilla Sponge Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup nonpareil rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • candies, for garnish

Note: you could save time by purchasing store-bought sponge cake.

Vanilla butter icing

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk

White Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons apricot gel
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder

Suggested music while preparing 50th Birthday Cake

  • Kool & The Gang - Celebration

50th Birthday Cake Instructions

Vanilla Sponge Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Prepare a 1/2-inch baking pan by brushing it with softened butter, then lightly dust it with flour
  3. Beat eggs and vanilla extract in mixer for about 1 minute on high speed
  4. Slowly add the sugar and beat for 15 minutes
  5. In a bowl, sift flour and baking powder
  6. Separately, combine butter and hot water in a cup
  7. Carefully fold flour mixture into eggs, then fold butter mixture into batter
  8. Fold rainbow sprinkles into batter evenly and pour into buttered pan
  9. Bake for 30 minutes
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack

Vanilla Butter Icing

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy
  2. Add sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency
  3. Reserve

White Chocolate Glaze

  1. In a small pot, combine milk, corn syrup, apricot gel and gelatin powder, and bring to boil
  2. Add white chocolate and mix until smooth
  3. Reserve

To Assemble

  1. Cut sponge cake with a 2- or 3-inch ring
  2. Use 1 tablespoon icing between of the three sponge cake layers, spreading evenly
  3. Over a cooling rack, drizzle glaze evenly to cover the cake
  4. Place in freezer for 30 minutes, or until set
  5. For color drizzle, reserve a little glaze with each color, mixing each in separate bowls
  6. Drizzle colors on top and garnish with fun candies

I hope this recipe helps bring a little (sweet) Royal Caribbean fun to your home.  If you manage to create it, please share a photo in our comments below so we can all see your creation!

5 Royal Caribbean drink recipes for your summer party

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04Jul2016

Whew, boy! Hottest Fourth of July we've had in years, and that means it is the perfect excuse to enjoy some great Royal Caribbean drinks in the comfort of our home.

Having a cocktail on a Royal Caribbean cruise is something many guests relish doing every cruise, and if you cannot be on a cruise this summer to enjoy one, then do the next best thing and make one at home.

Here are a few of our favorite Royal Caribbean drink recipes that are sure to "hit the spot" during your summer.

Across the Universe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Aperol
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Splash of Prosecco
  • About 1 ¼ cups watermelon juice

At least a few hours in advance (preferably overnight), pour watermelon juice into an ice cube tray and freeze. Combine gin, Aperol, St. Germain, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled and pour into a glass over watermelon ice cubes. Optional: Garnish with an herb, slice of watermelon or lime or an edible flower.

Coco Loco

Ingredients (Makes one cocktail):

  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz Papaya Juice Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 3/4 oz Dark Rum (Or make it a virgin Coco Loco without the rum)
  • 3/4 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/4 oz Grenadine
  • Crushed ice

Toss all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Then pour the potion into a cocktail glass and dress it up with a fresh wedge of pineapple.

Anchors Away

Ingredients (Makes one cocktail):

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz Blackberry Brandy
  • 11/2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Sweetened Lemon Juice

Blend all the ingredients above. Strain and pour into your favorite glass. Then garnish with a fresh slice of orange and a cherry. 

Mango Cooler

Ingredients (Makes one cocktail):

  • 1 oz Sweetened Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Mango Juice
  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec

Blend all the ingredients together with crushed ice, transfer to your favorite frosty glass and toss in an orange slice and a cherry.

Punchless Piña Colada (for the kids)

Ingredients (Makes one cocktail):

  • 1 1/2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 cups Crushed Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Then pour in a tumbler, garnish with a fresh wedge of pineapple, and top with whipped cream and a cherry.

For the adults, you can add rum!

7 Royal Caribbean drink of the day recipes

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29Jun2015

Enjoying a refreshing drink on your Royal Caribbean cruise is something many folks look forward to, but just because you are not on a cruise right now does not mean you cannot enjoy the same drinks at home!

Blog reader Paul Westbrook sent us recipes for the drink of the day for each day of his Freedom of the Seas cruise.

Each day of a cruise, Royal Caribbean selects one tasty cocktail to be the drink of the day, where the price of the drink is reduced a bit and featured all over the ship.

So get those blenders ready and enjoy these great drinks!

Tropical Sunset

Ingredients

  • .75 oz Smirnoff vodka
  • .75 oz peach scnapps
  • .75 oz Chambord black raspberry liqueur
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice

Instructions

Shake and mix well.

Blue Caribbean

Ingredients

  • 1.25 oz Bacardi superior rum
  • .75 oz blue curacao
  • 3 oz pineapple juice

Instructions

Served on the rocks with a splash of sprite

Paradise Punch

Ingredients

  • .75 oz Bacardi rum
  • .75 oz cocounut rum
  • .5 oz peach snapps
  • 1.5 oz pineapple and cranberry juices

Instructions

Shake and serve on the rocks.

Strawberry Hill Mojito

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Bacardi superior rum
  • 1 oz mojito mix
  • 1 oz Island Oasis Strawberry

Instructions

Top with soda water

Tropical Lemondae

Ingredients

  • 1.25 oz Smirnoff vodka
  • .75 oz blue curacao

Instructions

Serve on the rocks

Mayan Mango Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.25 oz Jose Cuervo gold tequila
  • 1.5 oz Island Oasis mango
  • .75 oz triple sec
  • Sweet & Sour mix

Instructions

Shake tequila and mago juice together and then add triple sec and sweet & sour mix.

Caribbean Tea

Ingredients

  • .5 oz Smirnoff vodka
  • .5 oz Bacardi superior rum
  • .5 oz gin
  • .5 oz sweet blue curacao
  • 2 oz sweet & sour mix

Instructions

Top with Sprite and serve on the rocks.

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