Satsuma Cider

A bonus recipe!  Merry Christmas from your Galley Pirates.  One of my favorite perks of the holidays down south is the arrival of Satsumas — sort of really big , easy-to-peel mandarin oranges, they ripen with the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas and make a nice, seasonal but fresh and fruity break between the hams…

Lillet Reviver

Every now an then we sneak in a mid-week, little…in this case petite, recipe. This happens to be a cocktail from David Lebovitz’s new book of cocktails, Drinking French. Infused with Lillet blanc, gin and Grand Marnier…with a lick of absinthe…it is totally worth risking cut crystal coupe glasses in the cockpit for evening sundowners.

Piña Colada

An army of Koa warriors is infiltrating our saloon armed with Piña Coladas. That’s the way I like to fight! And since we’re boat people we’re going to make this recipe simple, no power tools.

Cantaloupe Cocktail Hour

In Pirate Caroline’s anchorage, it’s Eastern Shore ‘Loupe season; in Pirate Kristin’s it’s not nearly so romantic.  We have four seasons here in southern Louisiana: football, Mardi Gras, crawfish, and hurricane; and we’ve just entered the latter one.  No storms yet — it’s early — but the heat and humidity make sailing a very catch-as-catch…

Grilled Peach Bourbon Julep

I looked it up: a “julep” is a genre of drink — the most famous but not only of which is the fabled mint julep — “consisting of a liquor (such as bourbon or brandy) and sugar poured over crushed ice and garnished with mint.”  This was a revelation when I made these delicious cocktails…

Prickly Pear Margaritas

Now doesn’t that just say “yeah…get the blender and some ice baby…it’s time for margaritas!”  No, no it doesn’t.  In fact, it doesn’t say “eat me” or “drink me” in any language.  Other than, perhaps, that of an indigenous peoples with no local watering hole serving gourmet cocktails.  The Native Americans made do, making peace…

The Night Town Cocktail

Skipper Doug here, filling in for the Galley Pirates…. On SV Night Town, our drinking tastes usually run to the quick and simple: a good craft beer, a glass of wine or a strong Dark and Stormy. But last summer, my Galley Pirate asked me to concoct a signature drink for the boat. I maintain…

Creepy Cocktails

It’s that time of year when we adults can turn ourselves into crazed adolescents without for a moment thinking we are acting immaturely. Yup. Halloween brings out the worst in us. Aargh! So why stop now? To help celebrate the season we are bringing you three sublime cocktails with added creepiness.

Cucumber Mojito

On a balmy summer day, there simply is no more refreshing drink than this.  So with our Shrimp-Off pickled shrimp competition (posting this Friday!), I set Captain Peter to muddling and mixing.  With rum for those in favor, ginger beer for those abstaining.  Arrrrrrguably the best mocktail I’ve ever had.