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15 Best Boat Drinks for the Summer

Anchors away! One of our favorite things to do here at Ohza is to go on adventures. When the sun is high in the sky, one of the best ways to experience the escapades of summer is with a boating excursion and a drink in hand.

Boating is a great way to get out and experience the beauty of nature and soak up the sun with some friends. Whether this is your first or fifth time boating, it’s best to enjoy it hydrated (and maybe even a little tipsy!) Here are our top picks for the best boat drinks for the summer.

The Easy Choice for a Boat Drink

Ohza is the perfect choice of boat drink since, well, we started on a boat! The idea for Ohza happened because of a mimosa mishap on a boating adventure. We decided to make crafted cocktails that were convenient and less prone to spillage from that moment on.

We pass all the tests for on-the-go enjoyment and overall satisfaction. You won’t regret cracking open a cool can of Ohza as you relax on the water. You can learn more about why Ohza is the perfect drink for any summer boating day by reading this review by Honest Brand Reviews.

Of course, if you are looking for some recipes you can make yourself, we’ve got that too. From beautifully crafted tropical cocktails to simple beverages that lean on the savory side, there is something for everyone who has a passion for exploring.

Here’s the ultimate list for you and your next boat adventure to enjoy and savor responsibly.

15 Boat Drinks To Enjoy

If you’re feeling brave and want to test your mixology skills on the high seas, this is the perfect list to start with. These 15 boat drinks each highlight tropical flavors or capture the essence of adventure found when you are soaking up the sun on the waters.

Whether your vice is a boozy crafted cocktail or a simple rum and Coke, there is something for every sailor's tastes. Bon voyage!

1. Tropical Rum Margarita

While margaritas are usually made with tequila, our favorite way to switch things up is to swap out the tequila for coconut rum to highlight the tropical flavors found in this cocktail. Don’t forget to salt the rim of your glass to fully experience this drink in all its tasty glory.

2. Piña Colada

There’s no better way to soak up the sun than with a classic piña colada. It’s cool, creamy, and coconutty.

It can also be enjoyed by anyone since you can easily make a piña colada with or without alcohol without sacrificing any of that tropical goodness. Piña coladas have been beach staples for years, beloved by adventurers far and wide. That fame doesn’t end at the shoreline.

3. Tropical Sangria

One of our favorite summertime drinks is sangria. Sangria is rich in color and flavor, making it so satisfying on a hot summer's day. You can use white or red wine to make a classic sangria.

All you need to round off this summery drink is some fresh sliced fruit and liquor of your choice.

4. Mai Tai

Mai tais are one of those classic boating cocktails that just scream summer. They’re full of vibrant fruity flavors like orange, lime, and cherry that are refreshing and tangy. You can have this drink over ice or blended with ice to create a tropical taste that is to die for.

5. Mojitos

For a boating drink that is light and refreshing, we recommend a mojito. Mojitos are made from bright, zingy flavors like lime and mint that will help you beat the heat. Minty mojitos are one of the best ways to cool down when you are out on the seas with your friends.

6. Lynchburg Lemonade

For a different spin on a boating drink, one of our unique favorites is a Lynchburg lemonade. This tangy cocktail is made using honeyed Tennessee whiskey, triple sec, and lemonade. All you need to do is top the drink with simple syrup and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

It’s tart, unique, and perfect for a day on the high seas. You’ll want to make a couple of extra pitchers because it is such a delightfully delicious drink.

7. Coconut Vodka Soda

If you are looking for a really subtly sweet and hydrating drink for your boating excursion, you can’t go wrong with a simple vodka soda. The key to this cocktail is that it’s made with coconut water. You just need vodka, soda water, and your favorite coconut water to create this refreshing, hydrating, and boozy boating beverage.

8. Pineapple Rum Punch

If you are searching for a drink that packs a punch of tropical flavors fit for a boating adventure, then search no more. This pineapple rum punch is everything you have been looking for in a party drink.

It is the perfect combo of tropical flavors that will turn up the heat at your next adventure or celebration.

9. Passionfruit Fireball Cocktail

We recommend a passionfruit fireball cocktail for a fun twist on a party classic. It’s a unique combo of cinnamon spice and tart passion fruit juice that works surprisingly well together. If you’re looking for a unique flavor profile that will leave you a little buzzed, this is the drink for you.

10. Cucumber Cooler With Gin

This is especially a great choice for those who don’t always love sweet drinks or fruity flavors.

If you are on the hunt for a simple and refreshing drink, we recommend a gin-based cocktail with cucumber. Top it off with a sprig of fresh mint, lime juice, and club soda to create this refreshingly delicious cocktail. There’s nothing quite like getting tipsy on a boat on vacation! You’ve earned it.

12. Aperol Spritz

For a drink that tastes as fancy and high class as it sounds, we love an Aperol Spritz. The Aperol spritz was named the drink of summer in 2018. It is still one of the most popular summery drinks around due to its rich flavor and deep orange hue.

Aperol spritzes are generally lower in alcoholic content than some other cocktails you’ll find. If you are looking for a drink to sip and savor, this is the one for you.

13. Grapefruit Paloma

One of the most underrated fruits is grapefruit. It’s delightfully tart and pairs with so many different liquors to provide a tangy and subtly sweet cocktail experience.

One of the best grapefruit cocktails is a Paloma. All you need is tequila, grapefruit juice or soda, and a splash of lime for this sour and satisfying beverage.

14. Bloody Mary

Another classic cocktail that boat goers enjoy is a bloody Mary. Bloody Marys are especially great choices for the spirit sipper who lives their life on the savory side.

Lots of boat and beach cocktails are sugary and fruity, but definitely not this one. Bloody Marys are tomato juice-based with flavors like tabasco or Worcestershire sauce to kick up the savory flavors a notch.

15. Rum and Coke

One of the most simple and delicious cocktails of all time is a rum and Coke. All you need is two simple and affordable ingredients — cola and the rum of your choosing.

This is also one of the most accessible and customizable alcoholic drinks around. Just swap out the soda and the alcohol for a unique combo crafted just for you. Instead of coconut rum, use whisky instead for a Jack and Coke, or swap out the soda for something a little sweeter. The choice is up to you with this simple and satisfying drink.

Live the Boating Life

Summer is the perfect time for adventures out on the open water. Make your day in the sun even better with the perfect boat drink in hand — you won’t regret it.


This Is Where The Piña Colada Was Born | Forbes

You Deserve a Mai Tai — a Real One, That Is | Eater

Jack Daniel's Lynchburg Lemonade | Busy Beaver Button Museum


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