It’s been a cold and rainy winter for many people throughout the country this year. Chicago has experienced temperatures in the negative 50s – that’s as cold as Antarctica! At the Eevelle headquarters in sunny Carlsbad, San Diego, it has been a record-breaking winter with colder than usual days and more rainfall than normal.
We are all ready to take the cover off the boat and get it out on the water to enjoy the splendid sun. For an entire day spent on the water, you will need to plan ahead for food and cocktails.
Here are five delicious cocktail recipes inspired by boating that requires few ingredients. We even have one virgin cocktail so the boat captain can be a safe and responsible driver.
You don’t have to go all the way to Brazil to enjoy Brazil’s national cocktail. In fact, just grab some friends and your boat and make this perfect drink on the water. Strawberry Caipirinha is made with fresh ingredients and the color will dazzle you. Who doesn’t want a red drink while lounging in the sun out on the water? You will be the envy of all the captains. The main ingredient of this drink is Cachaça. If you are wondering what Cachaça is, you are not alone. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, the most popular spirit in Brazil.
2 oz. cachaça
Half a lime, cut into wedges
2 bar spoons sugar
- Muddle lime wedges, strawberries and sugar in the bottom of a boat-friendly glass
- Add cachaça and top with ice.
- Stir and serve.
Tip: Bring your muddler on the boat to muddle the fruit and sugar together.
Everyone knows what a Piña Colada is, right? It’s our favorite island drink, and if we aren’t on an island, it is our favorite drink to sip on while dreaming we are on a beach island. This drink is simple to make, and always tastes delicious. The good news for the captain is that the virgin Piña Colada tastes just as good (just remove the rum).
3 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. white Rum
1 oz. coconut cream or milk
Pour the pineapple juice, white rum, and coconut cream or milk over ice and stir. Simple, with very few ingredients you need to lug onto the boat.
The Sea Breeze is a nautical cocktail that’s a popular choice for many, especially during summer. This one is very simple, yet refreshing and delicious. A cocktail named Sea Breeze is just what you need on a day out on the boat in the sparkling ocean when the sun is shining down on you. Be sure to sip responsibly shaded and protected from UV rays with a Bimini top. A sunburn will ruin your day.
2 oz vodka
1 oz cranberry juice
3 oz grapefruit juice
A Little Dinghy
This cocktail is inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean and the name is just too cute so it has to go on our list! There are a few more ingredients to bring on the boat in this cocktail, but it’ll be worth the effort.
2 shots Captain Morgan Parrot Bay coconut rum
2 shots Malibu coconut rum
Pour the shots into a highball glass full of ice cubes and add equal portions of the fruit juices. Garnish with orange or pineapple slices, candied fruit, and an umbrella if you so choose. Serve while cold.
Paloma Fizz Mocktail
One of the biggest trends lately is the non-alcoholic drink, AKA, the mocktail. Bartenders are busy at work making non-alcoholic distilled spirits like Seedlip so it feels like you are drinking a true alcoholic spirit. Since we are on a boat and probably don’t have a bartender’s special Seedlip concoction on hand, we have our version of an amazing mocktail that won’t disappoint. Hint: Make your rosemary simple syrup ahead of time and bring it on the boat.
For the Rosemary Simple Syrup:
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 sprig fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
For the Drink:
- ¼ cup pink grapefruit juice
- 2 Tab rosemary simple syrup
- 2/3 cup seltzer water or grapefruit soda
- Rosemary sprig for garnish
- Crushed ice
To make Rosemary Simple Syrup:
- Add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar to a pot
- Add rosemary
- Bring to a simmer and cook until all sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes
- Strain into a small resealable container
- Let cool completely.
To make the drink:
- Pour grapefruit juice and simple syrup in a Tom Collins glass
- Stir to mix
- Fill glass with ice and top off with seltzer water
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit
*For a grownup version, a shot of tequila added to the grapefruit juice and simple soda is divine.
*Brought to you by Cheeky Kitchen
Pro Boater Tip:The average boater spends 5.7 hours on the water per outing. It’s more important than ever to make sure we are protected from dangerous cancer-causing UV rays. Boaters should always have a bimini top on their boat to offer shade while out on the water. Eevelle has just manufactured a new Bimini top called the Summerset CoolTech Bimini top that is 98% UV resistant and deflects 30% more heat than other fabrics.