2023 is another exciting year for mixology, ushering in a new wave of cocktail trends. It’s always important to pull out all of the stops for your guests onboard, and one way to do that is by shaking up some impressive guest cocktails. If you are low on inspiration after a busy Caribbean season, we have made it easier for you by delving into some of the most current trends in cold beverages, alcoholic or otherwise.

Check out these cocktail trends you have to try onboard this season…

Two people enjoying cocktails

Canned cocktails

Want something quick and simple without the fuss?

Canned cocktails are ready-to-drink and you can take them anywhere. They provide a hassle-free way to serve up impressive and tasty drinks – without needing a fully stocked bar or a skilled bartender. Whether you’re having a crew party onboard, need to pull drinks quickly for a beach setup, or if the crew are having time to relax between charters on the bow, canned cocktails are an ideal choice.

Canned cocktails

Alcoholic Slushy

Want some ice with that?

Perfect for when the weather is hot in the Med. These frozen drinks are refreshing and combine that chilling slushy sensation with the sweet taste of a cocktail to transport you somewhere exotic. You can buy them cheap in packs (then pop them in the freezer), or easily whip them up yourself for guests with a blender! They can be as simple or as luxurious as you like. Guests are sure to love these refreshing treats.

Watermelon Vodka Slushy Cocktail


  • 6 cups cubed mini seedless watermelon
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 cups ice


  • Freeze Watermelon on a parchment lined baking sheet until frozen (at least 2 hours)
  • Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth and serve in chilled glasses

Popular Classics

These are staples for a reason.

Even though these guest cocktails aren’t anything new, they’re still a big part of the mixology scene and are essential for you and your team to know how to quickly throw together! According to The Mixer, the 10 most popular drinks in the world are:

  1. Negroni
  2. Cosmopolitan
  3. Old Fashioned
  4. Mojito
  5. Moscow Mule
  6. Vodka Martini
  7. Margarita
  8. Long Island Iced Tea
  9. Tom Collins
  10. Espresso Martini

There’s something for every type of guest. Add these classics to your arsenal and you can’t go wrong!


Have a guest that is teetotal or just doesn’t fancy the hangover?

Now more than ever, there are so many Mocktails to choose from. Virgin drinks have gained popularity for all the right reasons, and certainly are no longer considered boring. Mocktails are just as tasty as their alcoholic counterparts, and are ideal if guests want to celebrate soberly, taste something different, or aren’t keen on the alcoholic buzz.

Shaken Strawberry Daiquiri guest Mocktail
Photo courtesy of: cupofzest.com

Shaken Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail


  • ¾ cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling water


  • Muddle strawberries in a cocktail shaker
  • Add lime juice and simple syrup
  • Fill with ice and shake until chilled, about 30 seconds
  • Double strain into two chilled glasses, top each glass with two ounces sparkling water. Garnish and serve immediately

Spritz Cocktails

It doesn’t have to stop at Aperol.

While an Aperol Spritz is a delightfully light and insanely popular drink, there are so many twists on this classic Italian cocktail for you to offer your guests – the Limoncello Spritz, Vodka Spritz, and Pink Grapefruit Spritz are part of a nearly endless list of possibilities. A spritz cocktail is the perfect drink to accompany some snacks – and are on the rise in popularity and variety, along with other aperitifs.

Negroni spritz guest cocktail
Photo courtesy of: cupofzest.com

5 Minute Negroni Spritz


  • 3 ounces prosecco
  • ½ ounce Campari
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • ounce sparkling water


  • Fill a large glass with ice
  • Add all of the ingredients and stir gently to combine
  • Garnish with an orange twist, and serve!

Stock Up On The Rum

Apparently, rum is the next big thing in Mixology.

Now we’ve had the great Gin boom, Rum is heavily tipped to be the next it-spirit. While you can definitely serve a dark Rum on its own, Rum-based cocktails are expected to rise in popularity. In the meanwhile, offer a Piña Colada, a Dark and Stormy, or a Daiquiri to your guests.

Dark and stormy guest cockatil
Photo courtesy of Advanced Mixology

Dark And Stormy


  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice


  • Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add rum
  • Pour in ginger beer and lime juice
  • Stir with a bar spoon
  • Garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

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