Brandy may be a fine girl, but it’s no boat drink. Boat drinks are fruity, they’re summery, they’re incredible refreshing. If your life, your love and your lady is the sea, then you need a roster of easy-to-make cocktails to take with you or mix onboard your vessel. Here, the best boat drinks you could ask for (if you aren’t the captain, of course).
7 Best Boat Drinks
Bracingly bittersweet Campari, citrusy San Pellegrino Aranciata and a glass full of ice are all you need to make this super simple (but extremely delicious) cocktail. It’s low ABV so you can have a few of these without worrying about teetering overboard.
If the reason you’re on a boat is to catch yourself a big fish for dinner, then skip the usual light beer and make yourself this mix of Tennessee whiskey and lemonade instead. It’s delightfully tart with that honeyed whiskey kick that will keep you entertained as you wait and wait and wait.
Stay hydrated on your trip around the lake with a tall glass of vodka, coconut water and soda water. But watch out because these Highballs are easy to drink down fast, and they do contain a good, solid pour of vodka.
Get the ultimate Insta shot of you lounging on the bow of a yacht while sipping on this goblet full of pink spritz. Made with the ever trendy La Croix Pamplemousse and mezcal, it’s a bright, crisp and even more sophisticated take on an Aperol Spritz.
La Croix Pamplemousse
Get your daily dose of fruit from this easy muddled cocktail. You’ll be the hit of the lido deck when you present your friends with this way too tasty hot pink drink made with fresh strawberries, lime, caçacha and not much else.
Half a lime, cut into wedges
This classic Rum Punch is made with just four ingredients, but it packs layer upon layer of flavor. It’s not a true vacation until you break out the Rum Punch, so make sure it’s a good one.
Mojitos are fine boat drinks on their own but the addition of fresh passion fruit takes the minty rum drink over the top into a zone of pure cocktail joy. Kick back on a towel, take a sip and completely relax into the gentle rocking of the boat. You’re a true boat person now.