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Top 10 Boating-Inspired Summer Cocktails 

Top 10 Boating-Inspired Summer Cocktails 

Top 10 Boating-Inspired Summer Cocktails

Summertime is here, and nothing beats a delicious cocktail in hand relaxing aboard your yacht. When you think of boat-inspired drinks, a few things come to mind: refreshing, summery, fruit-infused spirits that accentuate your taste buds. Whether you prefer rum, tequila, or vodka, our list of summer cocktails has something for everyone onboard. Check out our list of top 10 boating-inspired summer cocktails.

Namast’ ay at Sea: Mixed Berry Sangria

boating inspired cocktails: mixed berry sangria

Refreshing 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 mule

Get 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 

painkiller cocktailBring on the tropical vibes with this rum-inspired 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 pearl

The 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


Remember, while these boating-inspired summer cocktails are tasty and fun, safety comes first while onboard— don’t drink and operate. The majority of boating accidents involve alcohol. Not to mention, a BUI is involved in 1/3 of all recreational boating fatalities. With that in mind, be responsible with alcohol onboard and designate a sober licensed boater to operate.


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