Boat Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Boat Cocktail is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed by many over the years. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing and fruity cocktail. It's a popular choice during the summer months due to its refreshing nature.

  • The Boat Cocktail was first created in the early 20th century.
  • It quickly gained popularity due to its refreshing and fruity taste.
  • This cocktail is often enjoyed by those who appreciate a well-balanced cocktail with a hint of sweetness.

How Boat Tastes?

The Boat Cocktail has a refreshing, fruity, and slightly sweet taste. It's well-balanced with a hint of tartness from the lemon juice, and the sweetness from the sugar syrup and fruit juices.

Interesting facts about Boat

  • The Boat Cocktail is often served in a highball glass.
  • It's a popular choice during the summer months due to its refreshing nature.
  • The Boat Cocktail is often garnished with a slice of lemon or lime.



The backbone of this cocktail, providing a solid base and a warm, complex flavor. Using less might make the drink too sour, while more can overpower the other ingredients. Alternatives could be vodka for a lighter taste or bourbon for a deeper note.

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Lemon Juice

Gives that necessary zing and balances the sweetness! Not enough, and it could taste cloyingly sweet; too much, and you're puckering more than kissing. No lemon juice? Try lime for a different tang.

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Sugar Syrup

The sweet mediator, ensuring your taste buds don't go into citrus shock. Too little could lead to a tart disaster, too much and you’re sipping syrup. Agave nectar could stand in if you're out of syrup.

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Orange Juice

Like sunshine in a glass, this juice adds freshness and complements the lemon. If you omit it, the cocktail loses a layer of flavor. Mango juice could be a tropical alternative.

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A dash adds a sunset hue and a hint of pomegranate sweetness. Without it, the aesthetics and a touch of sweetness are missed. You could substitute with raspberry syrup for a different color and berry kick.

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Ice Cubes

They chill the party down. Without them, it's like a pool without water—what's the point? Crushed ice could make it more of a slushy treat.

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Lemon Slice

The garnish that says 'I'm fancy and ready to party'. It's mostly for looks, but who doesn't like a bit of razzle-dazzle? Try an orange slice or maraschino cherry for a change of scenery.

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Recipe. How to make Boat Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add rum, lemon juice, sugar syrup, orange juice, and grenadine.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Serve immediately after making for the best taste.

Perfect Pairings


Particularly ceviche or grilled shrimp will complement the citrus notes of the cocktail without overpowering it.

Spicy Dishes

Thai or Mexican cuisine can offer a nice contrast to the 'Boat's' sweet and fruity profile.

Summer Salads

Salads with a citrus dressing or tropical fruits will mirror the cocktail’s refreshing qualities.


Try pairing with a light lemon tart or an orange-infused crème brûlée to extend the citrus harmony.

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What you could change in Boat

  • You can substitute the rum with vodka for a different flavor profile.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a cherry syrup or raspberry syrup instead.

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Boat on the Rocks

Swap out traditional rum for a spiced rum to add a kick. Replace the sugar syrup with honey for a deeper sweetness, and add a dash of bitters for complexity.

Ingredients: Spiced Rum, Lemon Juice, Honey, Orange Juice, Grenadine, Bitters, Ice

Recipe: The same as the original, but with the twist ingredients. The drink takes on a bolder, more adventurous character.

Tropical Boat

Add coconut cream and pineapple juice for an exotic twist. Float a layer of dark rum on top for a sunset effect.

Ingredients: Rum, Coconut Cream, Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine, Ice

Recipe: Blend ingredients except for dark rum; pour into a glass and float dark rum on top. It's a boat sailing on tropical seas!

Berry Boat

Use raspberry juice in place of orange juice, and a raspberry liqueur instead of grenadine, garnished with fresh berries.

Ingredients: Rum, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Raspberry Juice, Raspberry Liqueur, Ice, Fresh Berries

Recipe: Shaken not stirred, this berry-rich variant provides a tangy twist on the traditional Boat cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Boat

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Boat

What type of rum should I use for the Boat cocktail?

While any type of rum works well, for best flavor it is recommended to use a light, unflavored rum.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemon juice?

While bottled lemon juice can be used, fresh lemon juice is preferred as it gives a more natural flavor.

What kind of drinks can be compared to the Boat cocktail?

Boat cocktail can be compared to other refreshing, citrus-based cocktails like the Margarita or the Screwdriver.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Boat cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum and replace it with more fruit juice.

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