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Boating-Inspired Summer Cocktails – Top 10

Boating-Inspired Summer Cocktails – Top 10
two couples on a yacht - boating-inspired summer cocktails
couple on a yacht drinking boating-inspired summer cocktails

As summer approaches, there’s nothing quite like a delicious cocktail in hand while lounging on your yacht. When it comes to boating-inspired summer cocktails, picture refreshing, fruity concoctions that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you lean towards rum, tequila, or vodka, our lineup of summer cocktails offers something for every sailor on deck. Don’t miss out on our selection of the top 10 boating-inspired summer cocktails.

Namast’ ay at Sea

Mixed Berry Sangria

boating inspired cocktails: mixed berry sangriaRefreshing and berry sweet for a day out at sea. This mixed berry sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail for a day spent cruising the waterways. Start by muddling your fruit and sugar, and then add in your liquid ingredients. Let it sit, or serve right away over the ice; for some added flair, top with soda water and extra fruit.

Ingredients (pitcher recipe)

  • 3-tablespoons sugar
  • 1-orange, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/4 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1-750-ml bottle red wine
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • fruit for garnish (optional)
  • Soda water (optional)

  • Living on Island Time

    Cake by the Ocean 

    cake by the ocean drinkCake and the fresh ocean breeze, life does not get much better than that — unless the cake is disguised as a delightful cocktail. This boating-inspired summer cocktail is a blend of cake vodka, orange juice, and pineapple juice that creates a sweet treat. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and top with club soda to dilute, if you prefer. Pour over a glass of ice, and voila. Dip the rim of your glass in corn syrup and dip in sprinkles for an extra treat.

    Ingredients: (pitcher recipe)

  • 2 cups cake flavored vodka/substitute vanilla or whipped cream flavor
  • 2 cups coconut rum
  • Club soda (optional)
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • Maraschino cherries, pineapple, and orange slices for garnish (optional)
  • Ice or frozen pineapple to keep it chilled (optional)

  • Dose of Vitamin C

    Blood Orange Moscow Mule

    boating inspired cocktails: Blood orange moscow muleGet your daily dose of Vitamin C on the sea with this refreshing Blood Orange Moscow mule. In a shaker, combine your orange soda, ginger liqueur, blood orange juice, and top with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds and strain over a whiskey glass with crushed ice. Top it off with fresh mint and a blood orange slice and serve.
    Ingredients: (one drinks)

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Henry’s Hard Orange Soda
  • 1 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • blood orange juice freshly squeezed
  • sprig of fresh mint
  • blood orange slice for garnish

  • High Tides & Good Vibes


    painkiller cocktailBring on the tropical vibes with this rum-inspired boating-inspired summer cocktail, originating in the 1970s from the BVI. The painkiller is a mix of pineapple, orange, and coconut juices with navy-style rum. Combine all ingredients, give it a shake, and pour over ice. Top with a pineapple wedge and some grated nutmeg.
    Ingredients (one drink)

  • 2 ounces dark or navy rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1-ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • Pineapple wedge, for garnish
  • Grated nutmeg for garnish

  • Salt in the Air, Not a Care

    Classic Margarita 

    margarita cocktail A list of summer cocktails is not complete without the infamous margarita. Nothing says relaxation quite like a margarita does. Shake ingredients with ice, and then serve over ice in a salt/sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge

    Ingredients (one drink)

  • 2oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz fresh lime
  • Sea salt or sugar for rim

  • Summer Encourage-Mint

    Pineapple Ginger Mojito

    Pineapple ginger mojitoAhh, the mojito, a classic boating day favorite with a pineapple/ginger-infused twist. Muddle your mint and pineapple wedge first, and then combine your ginger liqueur, pineapple juice, and rum. Pour over ice and top with club soda. Stir and top with a pineapple ring and extra mint for a sophisticated look.

    Ingredients: (one drink)

  • 2 ounces ginger liqueur such as Domaine de Canton
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce white rum
  • splash of club soda
  • fresh mint (muddle first)
  • pineapple wedge (muddle first)
  • pineapple ring for garnishing

  • Feeling Peachy Today

    Whiskey Peach Smash

    whiskey peach smash Cast all your troubles aside, and a-peach-iate this peach-inspired whiskey cocktail. Combine all liquid ingredients, shake, and pour into a glass over ice. Top it off with a splash of seltzer water and garnish with peach slices. For even more peachiness, muddle a peach before adding ice with the simple syrup.

    Ingredients (one drink)

  • 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon (Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey mixes well)
  • 1-teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • 3-slices peach
  • splash seltzer water

  • Sun, Sand, and Lemon in Hand

    Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

    spiked strawberry lemonadeThe staple of summer beverages muddled with fresh strawberry creates the base of this delicious cocktail. Combine your choice of vodka, lemon, and simple syrup and pour into a pitcher. Next, muddle and slice strawberries and add them to a container with sparkling water. Pour over ice and top with a lemon slice for garnish.

    Ingredients: (pitcher recipe)

  • 9 ounces vodka
  • 4.5 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 4.5 ounces simple syrup
  • 6-medium-sized strawberries
  • 16-oz bottle of sparkling water
  • lemon wheels (optional)

  • Seas the Day

    Black Pearl 

    black pearlThe black pearl offers sea-goers a taste of the pirate’s life with this nautical rum-inspired drink. Add your sugar, a splash of soda, and orange zest into a glass. Muddle these ingredients, and then slowly add the rum and whisky over ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or serve over ice with orange zest and fresh cherry for garnish

    Ingredients: (one drink)

  • 25ml Ron Zacapa 23
  • 25ml Jack Daniel’s single barrel
  • 3-dash bitters
  • 3 dash peychauds bitters
  • 5ml brown sugar
  • Orange zest
  • Soda

  • Smooth n’ Sweet Sailings

    Singapore Sling

    Singapore SlingSip on this classic gin cocktail as you cruise the sea. The Singapore sling is a mix between citrus flavors, sweetener, and soda. Combine all ingredients, give it a shake, pour over ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry for that extra wow factor.


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Bénédictine Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce cherry liqueur
  • 1-ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Lemon slice, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish

  • Safety First

    When enjoying these refreshing boating-inspired summer cocktails, always prioritize safety while on board — don’t drink and operate the boat. Alcohol is a common factor in boating accidents, with BUI contributing to a significant portion of recreational boating fatalities. Stay responsible with alcohol on board and designate a sober, licensed boater to safely navigate the waters.

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