The Easiest Cocktails to Make and Enjoy on a Mystic Day Trip

The Easiest Cocktails to Make and Enjoy on a Mystic Day Trip

When we encourage people to enjoy “the Mystic Lifestyle,” we’re talking about much more than the boating experience itself. Our custom-built center consoles and catamaran are designed for boaters who also want a way to entertain family and friends.

Day cruising is one of the most popular ways people enjoy our M3800 and M4200 center consoles. Sometimes that means kicking back and quietly meandering with no goal in mind. Other times it’s about celebrating all life has to offer, including refreshing nautical cocktails you can mix up in a breeze.

The Joy of Day Tripping on a Mystic Custom Powerboat

Research has shown what many boating enthusiasts already know: that being near, in, or under the water can significantly improve creativity, emotional health, and relaxation. The mere sight and sound of water promote wellness by increasing serotonin and decreasing cortisol, two key drivers for our ability to relax.

Boating provides you with an opportunity to get outside your daily routine, fosters a restful state, and helps you unwind and relax as it:

  • Rests the brain
  • Is awe-inspiring and meditative
  • Encourages play, including entertaining with those we love
  • Appeals to our senses

Boating has always been a social activity, so sharing the experience with other people just seems natural. We’ve previously posted articles on everything from entertaining ideas for your center console to terrific powerboat destinations in Florida. In this post, we’re highlighting boaters’ favorite boating drinks and how they can add another level of fun to a day spent on the water.

Top Signature Drinks For a Mystic Day Trip

There’s something special about enjoying a refreshing cocktail or mocktail while relaxing on a boat. Blended tropical drinks like Blue Hawaiians and Margaritas are perfect boating infusions—many of them are actually referred to as “boat drinks.”

While some boaters like shaking and stirring their cocktails onboard, you can keep things simpler if you mix the drinks in covered pitchers in advance and store them in a portable cooler until you’re ready to serve them up.

Read on to learn all about the best and most popular drinks that ensure your boating experience is fun-filled and invigorating.  


A margarita is one of the most popular boating drinks, and Jimmy Buffet may have a lot to do with it. There are tons of recipes out there using various sugars and liqueurs, but a classic margarita includes:

  • 2 ounces of Blanco (white) tequila
  • 1 ounce of orange-flavored Cointreau
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • Sea salt for the rim

Simply combine in a shaker all the ingredients except the salt and add ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass that’s garnished with sea salt. Add a lime wheel and, voila, the perfect Margarita! To “mix things up,” you can substitute triple sec for the Cointreau or swap out the tequila for another base spirit like vodka or gin. For blended versions, toss the mix in a blender and pour. To get the salt to stick to the glass rim, dip the rim into a shallow plate of water or lemon or lime juice. You can also cut a lime or lemon wedge and moisten the rim with it. And if you want to really sweeten things up, substitute sugar mixed with orange zest.

Pina Coladas

Another classic boat drink, you can’t go wrong with a piña colada. This simple 3-ingredient version takes no time at all to make:

  • 3 ounces (one-third cup) light or white rum
  • 1 pound frozen pineapple bits or 2 ounces of pineapple juice
  • Two-third cup cream of coconut or coconut milk, either full-fat or light

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve garnished with fresh pineapple wedges or maraschino cherries, and don’t forget the signature tiny umbrella!

Mai Tais

If you’re hoping to take your luxury boat party to the next level, easy Mai Tais are the way to do it! A sweet and tropical rum drink, the Mai Tai can be made in two versions. The original is a mix of:

  • 2 ounces of rum
  • 1 ounce of Orange Curacao
  • Half an ounce of lime juice
  • Orgeat syrup (substitutions include amaretto, crème de almond, almond syrup, and almond extract)
  • 1 ounce of dark rum (for topping)
  • Orange wedges

Pour the first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously before pouring into a highball glass. For a pineapple version, use light rum, triple sec, grenadine, and orange, pineapple, and lime juice. To serve either version, simply shake all ingredients together, pour, and top off with dark rum and an orange wedge.

Blue Hawaiians

Also known as the “Swimming Pool,” a Blue Hawaiian is basically a Piña Colada with an added splash of blue curaçao that gives it a gorgeous blue color and sweet orange flavor. It’s a fun and fantastic tropical drink and one of the most refreshing you can serve your guests. Plus, it’s pretty to look at!

To make the perfect Blue Hawaiian, simply reduce the amount of coconut and pineapple flavors in your Pina Colada recipe and add the eliminated volume of Blue Curacao to the mix. Stir, shake, or blend, whichever way you choose, it’s an effortless cocktail to make.


Light and refreshing, a mojito can be customized in multiple ways. For a classic mojito, mix together:

  • 1 cup of light rum
  • 1 liter of club soda
  • Half-cup of sugar
  • Mint leaf sprigs
  • 3 limes, quartered

Muddle the sugar and mint leaves until the leaves are well broken down. Then add the lime and mix until the limes are juiced. Stir the rum into the sugar mixture, add the club soda, and then stir until the sugar is dissolved. If you’d like, top the glass with a lime wedge, and you’re good to go.

Anchors Away

 A royal cocktail everyone needs to try at least once, the Anchors Away is as sweet as it is refreshing. Simply fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in:

  • 1-1/2 ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce of Cointreau
  • 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce of blood-orange juice

Shake well and pour into a glass filled with ice. Add a little soda water and garnish with an orange slice and rosemary sprig.

Salty Dog

A cocktail doesn’t get any easier than this. The Salty Dog spices up your sailing experience with two simple ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces of gin
  • 3 ounces of grapefruit juice

Salt the rim of an old-fashioned glass and pour the mixture over ice. You can even mix the cocktail upright in the glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Rum Punches

Big shout out to the British soldiers who first brought rum punch from India! A rum punch has just four ingredients—Jamaican rum, pineapple juice, and orange juice, and grenadine—making it a perfect choice for out on the open water. A fun rhyme to keep in mind for mixing up a great-tasting rum punch is, “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and four of weak.” Enjoy!

The Sea Breeze

Another well-known nautical cocktail, the Sea Breeze is especially enjoyable during hot summer days. The refreshing drink brings together two ounces of vodka, one ounce of fruit juice, and three ounces of grapefruit juice. Mix all the ingredients in an old-fashioned or highball glass that’s filled with ice cubes and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge. Easy-peasy!

All of these tropical mixtures go hand-in-hand with a relaxing day spent on the water. But you’ll also want to be prepared for the occasional non-cocktail lover. For them, beer and wine are the way to go.

Not only is beer tasty and refreshing, but it’s also easy to carry on board and goes down smoothly on hot days. As for wine choices, have you ever heard the French expression, “Vin de soif?” It means thirst-quenching wines, and that usually means chilled light whites and roses. Or you can mix up a batch of sangria, which has wine as its base, to which you add soda water or ginger ale and fruits and sugar.

Of course, you’ll want to offer non-alcoholic choices for those who don’t imbibe or are operating the boat.  Most cocktail drinks can be converted into mocktails. For instance, just omit the rum to make an alcohol-free Pina Colada.

Other so-called virgin cocktails can also be put together without the alcohol, but keep in mind that many drinks can be extremely sugary without it. A less sugar-laden option is a blend of club soda with a splash of juice. Add a squeeze of lime or another citrus fruit, or maybe a splash of cranberry juice. If you want a touch of sweetness, adding simple syrup to the mix will do the trick.

Water and Sports Drinks

For quick cool-downs and to keep everyone hydrated, keep plenty of bottled water and sports drinks on hand. Green or black iced teas are another excellent choice, as they’re equally refreshing and water-based. It’s always a good idea to encourage people to drink plenty of water between their alcohol-infused drinks as sun exposure and heat can magnify the effects of alcohol consumption.

Safely Drinking While Boating

While it isn’t technically illegal to drink alcohol on a boat, it’s against federal law to operate a boat while under the influence of an intoxicating drug, including alcohol. It’s recommended pilots and operators avoid drinking alcoholic beverages which might impair their balance, vision, reaction time, and better judgment.

Also, it’s not unheard of for drunken passengers to fall overboard. And because the sun, wind, and boat and wave action can intensify the effects of alcohol, some people aren’t aware that it can only take two or more drinks to affect them in ways alcohol doesn’t on land.

A sad fact is that nearly half of boating accidents involve alcohol. Along with educating your family and friends on other safety tips, remind them that drinking responsibly keeps everyone safe. As for pilots who operate their boat under the influence, the repercussions can be severe:

  • In most states, you can’t operate your boat with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more.
  • Some states suspend the pilot’s boating license or privileges.
  • Your driver’s license could be affected.
  • The boat can be seized or sold at auction.

Enjoying the Mystic Lifestyle One Boating Experience At a Time

With their wide-open spaces, comfortable seating, and optional accessories designed for ultimate entertainment, the Mystic M3800 and M4200 center console boats are the ideal way to spend time with the people you love. Gaining a reputation for mixing up terrific cocktails and mocktails will also make you one of the most popular hosts on the open seas!

Mystic Powerboats designs and builds some of the most beautiful and powerful boats in today’s market. We want to make entertaining your friends and family as enjoyable and satisfying as it can be. Our M3800 and M4200 offer all the amenities of home, including inviting places to relax and mingle, plenty of on-deck seating, awesome sound systems, climate control, and fully-equipped galleys. In short, they’re the ideal boat for relaxing, partying, or simply exploring new destinations.

Are you ready to start delighting your guests with one of our world-class luxury boats? Talk to us today to schedule a personal consultation. We’re ready to help you realize all your entertainment and day-tripping needs!