Nothing beats a delicious cocktail to complement a relaxing day at sea aboard your cruise ship. Whether you ask the bartender to whip you up a fruity drink, or you create your own concoction using the ingredients from your mini bar, there’s no denying the attraction of a colourful cocktail.

We asked cocktail expert Mike Green to give us his advice on the best cruise holiday cocktails and he didn’t disappoint!

Read on to learn how to make and perfect his top 5 cruise cocktails, so you can enjoy one of these tasty tipples on your next voyage.

1. The Blue Lagoon


1 x 25ml Vodka
1 x 25ml Bols Blue Curacao


Take a highball glass and fill with cubed ice pour over the vodka and Blue Bols and give it a stir, top with lemonade, stir and garnish with a cherry.

Perfect as a refreshing summer tipple

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2. The June Bug



1 x 25ml Midori Melon Liqueur
1 x 25ml Bols Banana Liqueur
1 x 25ml Coconut Rum
100ml Pineapple juice
1 x 25ml Fresh lime juice


Pour all of the ingredients into a Boston shaker and fill with ice, shake for 10 seconds and strain into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Perfect as an 80s throwback with a kick

3. The Hot Toddy


1 x 50ml spirit (choose from whisky/bourbon/rum/cognac)
Boiled water
A sweetener (choose from granulated sugar/demerara sugar/honey/maple syrup/golden syrup)
Orange and lemon peel
Lemon juice


Using a mug or some other heat resistant vessel, pour in a good measure of spirit (50ml) – whisky, bourbon, rum and cognac all work well.

Now add either granulated sugar, demerara sugar, honey, maple syrup or golden syrup to sweeten. Add a little orange peel, lemon peel, lemon juice, a touch of ginger, a pinch of all spice, a little ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick and a couple of whole cloves (play around with the ingredients, leave out what you don’t like or make use of what is in the cupboard).

Now fill up with hot previously boiled water and stir to ensure that your sweetener has dissolved into the drink. Sip away and enjoy!

Perfect as a winter warmer

Range of cocktails

The Brugal Swizzle


1 ½ measures of rum
Angostura bitters
Crushed ice
Ginger ale
Citrus fruits


Take a highball glass and place a slice of lime, lemon and orange into the bottom along with a teaspoon of sugar and muddle them together.

Add two dashes of Angostura bitters and 1 ½ measures of rum, add crushed ice to the glass and swizzle all the ingredients together then top off with ginger ale, crushed ice and a slice of citrus fruit.

Perfect as a Caribbean concoction

The Sea Breeze


Crushed ice
A fruit garnish (lemon or lime)
1 x 50ml Vodka
Cranberry juice
Grapefruit juice


Take a clean tall glass, fill it full of ice and squeeze over your desired fruit garnish, usually lemon but try a wedge of lime or both.

Now pour over a good measure of high quality vodka (35ml – 50ml) and fill the glass to ¾ full with cranberry juice. Fill remains of glass with grapefruit juice (use Pineapple juice to create a Hawaiian Breeze) and stir the drink to combine the flavours.

Sit back with your Sea Breeze and admire the ocean views!

Perfect as a ideal cruise companion

No matter which cruise line you sail with, delicious cocktails await! What it your favourite holiday tipple?

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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