Written by Marinalife
October 2015

Mixing up the perfect cocktail (from a secret recipe) onboard your boat is a rite of passage for most boaters. We were inspired by mixologist and tiki cocktail master, Tom Brown (who was featured in the Marinalife Chesapeake Bay Edition this summer). Tom was raised in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, and is the mastermind of hip, tropical-themed pop-up restaurants in DC. One was Hogo, a nuevo tiki rum bar that set a new standard for Polynesian funk. Another was New York Avenue Beach Bar, where he filled a parking lot with 70 tons of sand, food wagons, and a cocktail bar to create an oasis of beachy fun near the convention center. It’s hard to go wrong when you mix good rum with island ingredients such as pineapples, limes, coconuts, oranges — even nutmeg and vanilla. “The flavors are refreshing and unexpected,” says Tom.

We decided to ask Marinalife readers to share their favorite onboard cocktail recipes for this issue. The response was overwhelming, so we selected a handful of our favorite recipes and had our neighborhood bartenders at the Tiki Barge Bar located at BMC’s Harborview Marina mix up the winning concoctions for a fun photo shoot.

Sip & Stern

Submitted by Denise Averill

  • 3 shots of Patron Reposado
  • 1 cup of Propel Water: Berry
  • 1 shot of margarita mix
  • 2 limes squeezed

Garnish: 1 slip of pineapple, 1 cherry, 1 toothpick. Pour over rocks.

Marinalife Martini

  • 1/3 Curacao Liqueur
  • 2/3 vodka
  • Splash of pineapple

Garnish: Lime and orange slice. Pour over rocks.

Pura Vida Punch

Submitted by Doug McPeters

  • 1 shot coconut rum
  • 1 shot light rum
  • 1 shot Myers rum
  • 1 shot orange juice
  • 1 shot cranberry juice
  • 1 shot pineapple juice
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1/2 lime sqeezed

Garnish: Orange Slice (optional: Myers floater)

New Roc Ice Tea

Submitted by Joseph Dimarzo

  • 1 shot Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 1/2 iced tea
  • 1/2 lemonade
  • Twist of lemon
  • Twist of lime

Garnish: Mint Leaves

Clipper Ship

Submitted by Rick Wells

  • 1/3 gin
  • 1/3 St. Germain
  • 1/3 sour mix
  • 1/2 lime squeezed

Pour over rocks.

Designated Skipper Campaign from the Sea Tow Foundation:

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