Recipe: Viking River Cruises' Fruit Gratin with Old Rum and Celebrity Cruises’ Vanilla High Voltage

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August 16 is National Rum Day, and if you are looking for a belated way to celebrate, we recommend Viking River Cruise’s Fruit Gratin with Old Rum dessert. The special ingredient is Caribbean-aged rum which is extra sweet due to being aged in oak barrels. We recommend serving this dish ala mode with a scoop of coconut sorbet. After the party, it’s the after-party, and that is when you’ll want to kick it up a notch with the Vanilla High Voltage, a brand-new cocktail that can be found in Celebrity Cruises’ Eden.

Fruit Gratin with Old Rum – Viking River Cruises

(Makes 6 Servings)



  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ C heavy cream
  • 1 C half and half
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C sugar
  • ¼ C cornstarch
  • 6 large egg whites


  • 1½ C pineapple, diced
  • 1½ C papaya, diced
  • 1 banana, diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 4 T old rum
  • 2 T light brown sugar


  • Whisk yolks in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium, heat cream, half and half and vanilla until hot but not boiling; slowly pour about a quarter of cream mixture into yolks, whisking constantly, then pour the yolk and cream mixture back into remaining cream in saucepan, whisking to combine.
  • Whisk in sugar and cornstarch, stirring constantly until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl; cover surface directly with plastic wrap and cool at least 10 minutes.
  • Beat egg whites in a medium bowl until very stiff; then fold in cooled cream mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F (232°C), butter 6 shallow ovenproof dishes or a 9x11-inch baking dish and set aside. 
  • Combine fruit, rum and brown sugar; divide among dessert dishes.
  • Spoon cream mixture generously over top and bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Vanilla High Voltage – Celebrity Cruises


  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz espresso coffee
  • ¼ vanilla syrup
  • ¼ baileys
  • 3 coffee beans


  • Add all the ingredients into a shaker.
  • Add ice and shake it hard.
  • Strain into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with three coffee beans. 

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