Sailing and cocktails are a match made in heaven. The salty sea air and the sun and the sails up above create a perfect environment to enjoy a refreshing drink. Sailing inspired cocktails are all about capturing the essence of the ocean and the adventure of hitting the high seas. From classic drinks like the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, made with dark rum and ginger beer or a classic “grog” of rum and water, sailing inspired cocktails may not typically have been associated with Vodka, but we are about to change your mind on that! As we head into season for Regattas from Marseilles to Saint Barth to Saint Tropez this month, raise the sails and then raise a glass to these Yacht Life Vodka cocktails!

The Seabreeze  
  • 2 oz Yacht Life Vodka
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 3 oz Grapefruit Juice

Pour all into a highball glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Yacht Life Vodka Starboard Martini
  • 2oz Yacht Life Vodka
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1oz Garden Kelp Syrup*
  • 1oz Water

Put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

*Garden Kelp Syrup Recipe:

  • 16oz Sugar
  • 16oz Water
  • 1 Whole Cucumber Sliced
  • 1 Whole Celery Stalk Sliced
  • 2 – 3” Pieces of Kombu Sliced

Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove on low heat for 1 hour. Turn off heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Red Sky At Night
  • 1.5 oz Yacht Life Vodka 
  • 4 Strawberries, green leaves removed
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Basil
  • ¼ Cup Club Soda

In a shaker, muddle strawberries. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, vodka, and ice. Shake well. Strain the cocktail into a glass with ice. Add club soda and stir. Garnish with fresh strawberry and basil.

Vitamin Sea
  • 1.5 oz. Yacht Life Vodka 
  • ½  oz. Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Orange Juice
  • ½ oz. Elderflower Liqueur
  • ¼ cup club soda

Add vodka, lemon juice, orange juice, elderflower liqueur and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add a dash of club soda and stir. Garnish with a wedge of orange.