Yachting and “Boat Drinks” just seem go together like rum and coconut milk! What says “summer” more than kicking back on the flydeck of your luxury motor yacht, sun in the sky, wind in your hair, and an ice-cold tropical cocktail in your hand?

Of course there are the classics like a Rum and Coke, or Tequila Sunrise, but here are a few that may be a bit more unusual and creative. In no particular order, here is our Top Ten Cocktails to enjoy this summer, and all boating season long!



Dark and Stormy-  “Dark and Stormy,” may not be a great weather forecast to take your yacht out in, but in your drink glass, it’s a whole different story. Mix 2 ounces of your favorite dark or spiced rum, add 5 ounces ginger beer, pour over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.

PainkillerWhen you are out on your yacht, of course you want to be feeling no pain, and this aptly named cocktail will help get the job done. This combination of rum, pineapple and orange juices, nutmeg and cream of coconut, was invented in the 70’s in the British Virgin Islands on the island of Jost Van Dyke, and is a favorite amongst sailors.


Sakura SourThis relatively new “boat drink,” has been taking the Mediterranean by storm. It’s made up of a host of unusual ingredients, including kumquat puree, Hibiki Harmony whisky, chu hai peach and sakura tincture

Pink Smash – Lest you think all summer cocktails involve rum or tequila, the pink smash base liquor is gin. This British inspired cocktail blends all of the essential flavors of summer – strawberries, cucumber and lime.

Paloma– First created by the mixologists at the Amsterdam’s famed Pulitzer hotel, the Paloma is a tropical mix of tequila, grapefruit and lime, ideal for long, hot days in the summer sun.

Summer Sensation – This summer cocktail even has “summer” right in its name! The Summer Sensation is a fresh and fruity, colorful blend of delicious elderflower liquor, ginger and lemongrass pressé, with zesty lime and sweet strawberry for a light yet complex mix that makes for a most luxurious libation.

Mojito – The Mojito may be a little more familiar than most on this list, because it has been increasing in popularity, particularly in South Florida, with its growing Latin and Cuban influence. Traditionally from Cuba, a mojito consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint and is very refreshing. The drinks rise in popularity has created many variations on the theme, but most mixologists prefer the original.

 Drunken Monkey – The Drunken Monkey is a great refreshing summer cocktail that could help you take a walk on your wild side. Take your shaker, add an ounce of Rum, an ounce of banana liqueur, 4 ounces of pineapple juice, shake, pour over ice, complete with a pineapple wedge. Chest pounding is optional!

Ethiopian Camel Basher – Unusual name, simple drink. The Ethiopian Camel Basher combines vodka, orange juice and grenadine, to make a cocktail that is as warm and orange as a summer sunset.

Lava Flow – This popular drink that has its origins in Hawaii is fun, refreshing and fairly simple to make. You need a good blender, coconut rum, cream of coconut, white rum, frozen strawberries, pineapple juice, fresh pineapple (for garnish), and some ice. The technique is in getting the lava flow effect by blending the rum ice and other ingredients, separate from the frozen strawberries. Blend all of the ingredients except the strawberries first, pour, then blend the frozen strawberries, and pour that puree over the first, and you will indeed get the “lava,” and the good times flowing!


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