It’s been a cold and rainy winter for many people throughout the country. 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 some fun in the sun. For an entire day spent on the water, you will need to plan ahead for food and cocktails. Nobody wants to be parched out on the water in the sun all day!

Here are five delicious cocktail recipes inspired by boating that require few ingredients. Millennials have made the mocktail a cool new trend, so we have included one virgin cocktail. Every boat needs a sober and responsible driver.

Strawberry Caipirinha

You don’t have to go all the way to Brazil to enjoy their national cocktail! In fact, just grab some friends, hop on your boat, and make this perfect boat drink on the water. Strawberry Caipirinha is made with fresh ingredients and the color will dazzle you. Who doesn’t want a hot pink 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, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, the most popular spirit in Brazil.

2 oz. cachaça
Half a lime, cut into wedges
2 strawberries
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.

Piña Colada

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 the beach. 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.

Sea Breeze

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.

2 oz vodka
1 oz cranberry juice
3 oz grapefruit juice

  • Combine all ingredients and mix

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
Pineapple juice
Cranberry juice
Orange juice

  • 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 umbrella if you so choose. Serve while cold.

Paloma Fizz Mocktail

One of the biggest trends in 2018 was 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 cocktail. 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: Just 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.

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