Nautical Themed Cocktails – 10 Top Drinks!

Life aboard a yacht or catamaran is all about discovering the endless possibilities the sea has to offer and celebrating life with family and/or friends. Whether you’re a seasoned seafarer or a soon-to-be yachtie, you know it’s great to have your favorite tipple on board to make your adventures fun-filled.

Black and tan, rum and coke or gin and tonic can always make great cocktails to enjoy at sea. But if you would wish to enjoy something extraordinary, then it can be great to try some of the best nautical-themed cocktails.

Nautical-inspired cocktails usually bring together rums, gins, coconuts and Mediterranean fruits among other ingredients. The result is a refreshing drink that will keep you entertained and make you love seafaring even more.

Here is a list of the top ten nautical-themed cocktails you can enjoy at sea:

1. Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze Cocktail

The Sea Breeze is a nautical cocktail that’s a popular choice for many, especially during summer.

This refreshing drink brings together vodka, fruit juices, and lime.

Being one of the IBA official cocktails, you already know what to expect.

  •  2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 3 oz grapefruit juice

Put all the ingredients in a highball glass or double-old-fashioned glass that’s filled with ice cubes and then stir. Garnish it with a lime wedge.

2. Dark n Stormy

Dark n Stormy Cocktail

Dark n Stormy also referred to as the sailor’s drink’ is a cocktail made with rum (mostly Gosling), ginger beer and lime.

The cocktail is inspired by the pirate tradition and its flavor is no doubt exceptional.

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 3-4 oz ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz lime juice

Pour all the ingredients into a double-old-fashioned or highball glass full of ice. Garnish it with a slice of lime. Garnish it with a slice of lime. Put on an eye-patch for an even more authentic Dark n Stormy drinking experience.

3. A Little Dinghy

A Little Dinghy Cocktail

Taking a catamaran or yacht tour during summer can never be complete without A Little Dinghy cocktail.

Inspired by Caribbean flavors and rums, this feel-good cocktail will make you enjoy the ultimate holiday experience.

  • 2 shots Captain Morgan Parrot Bay coconut rum
  • 2 shorts 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. Serve while cold.

4. Port & Starboard

The Port & Starboard is a seafaring cocktail that’s as tasty as it is attractive.

Port & Starboard Cocktail

The cocktail, which forms two distinctive layers from the ingredients, is strong and sweet at the
same time.

It will certainly make you fall in love with the life at sea even

  • 15 ml Giffard Grenadine Syrup
  • 15 ml Edmond Briottet Menthe Blanche

Fully chill a highball or pousse-cafe glass and ingredients (for perfect layering), carefully pour the Grenadine syrup into the glass and proceed to add the Menthe Blanche. Serve without mixing.

5. Sex With the Captain

Sex With the Captain Cocktail

Sex with the Captain is a strong and vibrant cocktail that anyone on a sailing expedition would love. It basically brings together a set of delightful ingredients including rum, peach schnapps, Amaretto and fruit juices.

Sex with the Captain is one of the easiest nautical cocktails to prepare and can be gladly enjoyed by both novice and experienced cocktail drinkers.

  • 1/2 oz spiced rum
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • Splash of orange juice

Build all the ingredients in a chilled glass and garnish with a cherry. Serve.

6. Salty Dog

Salty Dog Cocktail

A straight up Salty Dog cocktail is all you need to spice up your evening sailing experience.

It basically includes gin that’s doctored with grapefruit juice and salt.

And make it is just easy!

  • 50 ml gin
  • 100 ml grapefruit juice
  • Salt for putting on the glass rim

Coat the rim of a highball glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and proceed to pour the gin and juice. Stir well and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

7. Anchors Away

The Anchors Away is a royal cocktail drink that you shouldn’t miss on the decks.

Anchors Away Cocktail

This gin-based cocktail is simply as sweet as it’s refreshing.

  • 50 ml gin
  • 25 Cointreau
  • 25 ml sweet vermouth
  • 25 ml blood-orange juice
  • Soda water

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, Cointreau, vermouth and orange juice. Shake the mixture well and then strain it into a glass full of ice. Add some soda water. Garnish the cocktail with an orange slice and a sprig of rosemary.

8. Foghorn

Foghorn Cocktail

It can be quite disappointing to go on a weeklong sailing expedition without trying out the refreshing Foghorn cocktail.

The ingredients for preparing this cocktail are minimal and the resulting flavor in no doubt out of this planet.

  • 50 ml gin
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • Ginger ale

Pour the gin and lime juice into a glass full of ice. Stir well and then top up with ginger beer. Gently mix the cocktail and proceed to garnish with lime.99

9. Maritime Martini

The Maritime Martini is a perfect drink if you’re planning to have a nautical party.

Maritime Martini Cocktail

It’s simply one of the sea-related cocktail classics whose flavor is hard to beat.

A chilly Maritime Martini can be all you need for an afternoon party on a typical summer while at sea.

  • 15 ml dry gin
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 10 ml vermouth
  • 5 ml blue curacao
  • Lime twist

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker filled ice. Stir well and strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

10. Bright n Windy

Bright n Windy Cocktail

A glass of Bright n Windy cocktail is all you need to light up your mood even as you sail across the sea.

The gin and ginger beer combination in this slightly windy cocktail is great and you’ll absolutely love it.

  • 50 ml gin
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge

Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice. Pour in gin. Squeeze some lime juice into the glass and then drop the wedge in. Add ginger beer and stir well. Serve and enjoy!


If you’re going on a private charter sailing expedition, it can be great to bring along an experienced mixologist to help in mixing the cocktails perfectly. Also remember to have on board as many hard drinks, juices, and fruits as possible. This will allow you to enjoy a variety of cocktails while on a sailing expedition or partying aboard a yacht during the weekend.

To enjoy your cocktail even more while sailing, it can be great to have a nautical dress code or at least an eye-patch to feel like a true pirate. Also be sure to bring a fun crew on your sailing expedition in order to get the best of cocktail drinking experience at sea.

In Conclusion

These are by far the most popular nautical cocktails that you can enjoy while on your seafaring adventures. Whether you simply want to enjoy a cocktail solo while aboard a yacht in summer or want to hold an evening cocktail party on a catamaran, these recipes can be quite useful. While each of them uses a set of different ingredients, you can always vary some of them especially the gins, rums, and vodkas to come up with your desired flavor.

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4 thoughts on “Nautical Themed Cocktails – 10 Top Drinks!”

  1. I was just commenting on another post about how, as I age, Life is becoming more and more about experiencing things rather than having things. There is so much to enjoy and not a whole lot of time, in the grand scheme of things. These drinks had my mouth watering. I can imagine slowly enjoying one of these drinks with some great company.

    • Hi Sherman,

      Yes, life is quite short so it is important to have fun:) 

      These cocktails will add a lot of entertainment to your trip on the water!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

  2. Hi Daniella, very useful post especially for someone who loves his drink like me;
    but I was wondering if you know by any chances what it would be better for someone who get easily seasick; do you think that having one before going on the boat would help? or are there any specific cocktails that might help to have an easier experience? and what would be the limit? thanks a lot for post I will definitely try some of these drink either on-board or on land;

    • Hi Stefano,

      I am glad you’ve found the article useful:) 

      If you suffer from sea sickness, then it wouldn’t be a good idea to drink alcohol as it will definitely make you sicker. I’ve written an excellent article about seasickness. You should take a look at it. You will find all the answers to your questions. A cocktail of ginger and lemon and with no alcohol. This should help you!
      Absolutely, you can make these cocktails both on a boat and on land:)

      I hope it helped. Let me know if you need more info. I am always happy to help. 

      Thank you for the comment and wish all the best!


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