Whenever our friends are around, we like to get together for sundowners – aka, sailor happy hour. Here on Nightingale Tune, our sundowner game is strong.

We like boat drinks that are simple, refreshing, and not too sweet. Ingredient availability changes as we move place to place, so we’re always coming up with new ideas and we never get bored with what we’re mixing. Looking for new warm weather drink ideas? Down at the bottom of the post, you’ll find five tipples we’ve been shaking up lately.


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Campari Fizz


LLB Pimm’s Cup



Ting & Gin





Drinks with sugar as an ingredient should first be shaken (sans carbonated ingredients) with ice before adding the fizzy stuff. All drinks listed are best served on the rocks. Recipes yield one drink.

I substitute rum for the hard-to-find tequila and/or mezcal you’d find in one of my favorite drinks – the Paloma.

1.5 oz rum
Juice of 1 fresh grapefruit
1 tablespoon sugar (adjust to taste)

Rosemary is more widely available in these parts, so I swap it for mint in this variation on a mojito. This drink is also delightful with muddled thyme or basil.

1 tablespoon sugar (adjust to taste)
2 sprigs of rosemary
1.5 oz rum
Juice of 3 key limes or or 2 regular limes

LLB Pimm’s Cup
Our friends on s/v Neko made this for me once and I’ve been obsessed ever since. LL&B (Lemon, Lime & Bitters) is a soda made by Angostura (the company famous for making bitters) in Trinidad that is available all over the Eastern Caribbean. It makes the best, most simple Pimm’s Cup ever!

1.5 oz Pimm’s no. 1
1/2 can of Angostura LL&B soda
optional: cucumber slice garnish

Campari Fizz
Campari, the punchy, bitter liquor from Italy is really popular in the Eastern Caribbean, which is good news for me, because I love the stuff. This drink is a lighter, more refreshing version of my favorite cocktail – the Negroni.

.5 oz Campari
1 oz gin
juice of half an orange

The T&G (Ting & Gin)*
Ting is a refreshing grapefruit soda available on many islands in the Caribbean. It happens to go great with gin – bingo, instant cocktail.

1.5 oz gin
1/2 bottle Ting grapefruit soda

*hold the alcohol for a tasty virgin cocktail

Cheers from our boat to yours! And, since no sundowner is complete without a sunset, here are a few shots I took in Martinique this week.