A whopping 100 million Americans take to the water to enjoy boating every single year. When it comes to the best boat cocktails, you’ll usually find them on a party yacht.
Do you know which drinks to serve at your next yacht party to keep the good vibes afloat? The following guide can help you fill your yacht bar with boat drinks your guests will want to dive into.
Drop an anchor and read on to discover the best boating drinks to try in 2023.
Tropical sangrias are a sweet and refreshing drink perfect for a day out on the water. You can use tropical fruit in your sangria mix and make them ahead of time so that they’re ready to serve.
Begin by muddling your tropical fruit with sugar until it’s well combined. Then, add in your liquid ingredients like red wine, brandy, and orange juice.
You can let the mixture sit for a while to let the flavors mingle or pour it over ice and start serving drinks right away. If you want to take your sangrias over the top, add some soda water and extra fruit before you serve them.
It’s important to note that this drink comes with a few risks worth taking. If you’re hosting an all white party, keep in mind that the red wine might leave a few stains!
If you want to set a tropical tone, look no further than the rum-infused Painkiller cocktail. This potent cocktail has put boaters on island time since the 1970s.
Painkillers involve a delicious mix of coconut, orange, and pineapple juices along with navy-inspired rum. Navy rums are typically made from blends of aged rums from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and Guyana.
Simply mix all the ingredients together and shake them thoroughly before pouring the drink over ice. Don’t forget to garnish your Painkiller with a pineapple wedge and a dash of grated nutmeg.
Sunset Moscow Mule
Adding blood orange to a Moscow Mule is a tasty way to get a dose of vitamin C while out at sea. Simply grab a shaker and mix in ginger liqueur, orange soda, and juice from blood oranges, and add ice to the top.
You’ll want to give the mixture a shake for at least 30 seconds to really blend the flavors. Then, strain the mixture into a whiskey glass with crushed ice.
Before you serve a Sunset Moscow Mule to your guests, top their drink with fresh mint leaves and a slice of blood orange.
A classic mojito includes white rum, soda water, sugar, mint leaves, and fresh lime juice. But adding some pineapple and ginger to the mix makes it perfect for a summertime day of boating.
First, muddle a pineapple wedge with mint leaves. Then, mix in ginger liqueur, pineapple juice, and white rum. Pour the mix over ice and top it with soda water for a bubbly finish and stir everything together.
You can garnish this cocktail with a pineapple ring and some extra mint to give it a refined nautical look.
No boat party should set sail without the ingredients for a margarita on deck. Is there any better way to unwind on the water than with a tequila-infused cocktail?
simply use a shaker to combine tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice with ice. Pour the mixture over ice in a glass with sea salt or sugar on the rim and you’re ready to party! Garnish the rim with a lime wedge before handy it off to your thirsty guests.
Whiskey on the Water
Adding a little peach flavor to a glass of whiskey makes a great way to leave your worries stranded on an island while you sail away. Shake a peach-infused whiskey together with simple syrup before pouring the mixture over ice.
Finish the cocktail by adding a bit of seltzer water and a few peach slices. To enhance the peach flavor of this drink, muddle in fresh peach slices with simple syrup.
High Tide Strawberry Lemonade
Lemonade is a summer classic and adding some fresh strawberries and vodka to the mix makes a wonderful boating cocktail. Simply mix your favorite vodka with lemon juice and simple syrup before pouring it into a pitcher.
Then, slice up some fresh strawberries and muddle them thoroughly before putting them into a container with sparkling water. Pur both of your mixtures over ice and top the glass with a lemon wedge before serving.
The Boating Bellini is another cocktail that will leave you feeling peachy. Before you set sail, blend either fresh or frozen peaches in a food processor. If you’re using frozen peaches, make sure to let them completely thaw before blending them.
Bring your peach puree onto the boat and mix it into a container with Prosecco. Slowly drizzle in raspberry liqueur and stir until all the ingredients blend well.
Pour your finished mix into champagne flutes to make your guests feel sophisticated as they set sail! If you’re boating during brunch, this is the absolute perfect cocktail for the occasion.
Choosing Boating Drinks
Consider the ingredients, simplicity, and potency of boating drinks when choosing the right cocktail for your party. there’s a time to keep things classy with a Bellini, and there’s a time to party like a pirate with rum.
Whatever cocktails you choose for your yacht party, relax and enjoy them responsibly! Check out the rest of our blog for more exciting ways to have fun in the sun this year.