Quarantinis: M/Y Deniki, Helios, and Never Enough

13 May 2020

What better antidote to the coronavirus than a delicious cocktail? While alcohol might not eliminate the virus, it could go a long way to curing your COVID-19 blues. But not just any drink will do — we gathered only those concoctions created by the finest mixologists on the water.

For BOAT International’s Virtual BOAT Show Quarantine Cocktail Contest, crewmembers from 17 yachts around the globe created delightful, tasty offerings. They jumped at the challenge to find inspiration on board and craft a new Quarantini, using no more than five ingredients and only what was currently on the vessel. We’ll be sharing their creations, inspirations, and how you can make your own in the coming days, so be sure to keep checking

Each drink was judged on creativity, method, and look by cocktail bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr. Lyan, 2019 World’s Most Influential Bar Personality (among other titles) and owner of Super Lyan, Dandelyan, and cocktail restaurant Cub.

Here are the recipes for “The Covid Vac-Sea-Ine” created by Third Stewardess Jenna King and Second Officer Kristen Greene of 52-meter Amels M/Y Deniki; “Lemsip Bubble Quarantini” created by Chief Stewardess Carli Robinson, Second Stewardess Thandi Bekker, and Stewardess Frankie Meredith of 60-meter Oceanco M/Y Helios; and “Vitamin Sea Martini” by Chief Stewardess Samantha Tester and Second Stewardess Samantha van Zyl of 157-foot Trinity M/Y Never Enough.

The Covid Vac-Sea-Ine
By Third Stewardess Jenna King and Second Officer Kristen Greene of M/Y Deniki

Right from the drawing board through to the cocktail evening we hosted for the crew, we presented our top three cocktails and allowed them to decide which one would be submitted. We all agreed that this was the winning option as the colours were appropriate to us being at sea for five weeks (seeing many beautiful sunrises and sunsets) and, of course, the syringe filled with the “Covid-19 Vaccine.” Our cocktail has loads of essential vitamins found in the following ingredients: lemon, ginger, and oranges — everything you need to stay healthy. We hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as we did creating it.

50 ml Belvedere Vodka
25 ml Blue Curaçao liqueur
25 ml Aperol
1 Whole lemon
25 ml Ginger- and Earl Grey-infused syrup (see below for method)

Step 1: Fill shaker with ice
Step 2: Add juice of a whole lemon
Step 3: Add 25 ml of ginger- and Earl Grey-infused syrup
Step 4: Add 50 ml of Belvedere vodka
Step 5: Add 25 ml of Aperol
Step 6: Shake well (10 seconds)
Step 7: Double strain into a chilled martini glass
Step 8: Add 25 ml of Blue Curaçao liqueur into a syringe
Step 9: Slowly inject the syringe into the bottom of the glass

Ginger- and Earl Grey-infused Syrup
We make this syrup quite often for many different cocktails, so we always have it on board.

Step 1: Steep the 3 Earl Grey tea bags in two cups of boiling water for 20 minutes.
Step 2: On the stove, add the tea (without the bags), 2 cups of sugar (we used white), and a knob of ginger.
Step 3: Bring to boil and let simmer until the water becomes syrup.

The Lemsip Bubble Quarantini
By Chief Stewardess Carli Robinson, Second Stewardess Thandi Bekker, and Stewardess Frankie Meredith of M/Y Helios

What inspired us for this cocktail was, first of all, the ingredients. One thing you can do to naturally boost your immune system or when you start feeling symptoms of the flu is to boil the kettle and add fresh lemon, honey, and ginger. We figured that by adding alcohol to this recipe, it could be even more beneficial for killing bacteria. These ingredients combined and blended with ice makes a fabulous, refreshing drink as summer returns.  

For the garnish, our inspiration came from the feeling that we’re all living inside a bubble during this time as we practice social distancing and stay in quarantine to protect and take care of ourselves and others.

Juice of 2 lemons
2-3 cm cube of fresh ginger
2 Tbsp honey
30ml Grey Goose vodka (or your favorite brand)
6 large ice cubes

Step 1: Squeeze fresh lemons
Step 2: Clean and cut the fresh ginger into smaller cubes
Step 3: Prepare the honey
Step 4: Add all the above ingredients along with the vodka into a blender and add the ice.
Step 5: Blend until you have a creamy smooth consistency (similar to a lemon sorbet).
Step 6: Garnish with a sugar dome
Step 7: Sip and enjoy

Vitamin Sea Martini
By Chief Stewardess Samantha Tester and Second Stewardess Samantha van Zyl of  M/Y Never Enough

We wanted something that was tasty and fun, but also could protect our guests from viruses and germs, so we packed it full of vitamin C! The blend of these flavors created a bright, floral martini loaded with vitamin C. We didn’t think we would like it as much as we did, and we are definitely going to use this as a drink special for our next few charters.

1 fresh orange
3 vitamin C gummies
1.5 oz Grey Goose
1 oz St. Germain
0.5 oz Cointreau

Step 1: First, wash hands for 20 seconds and apply gloves to towel-dried hands.
Step 2: Use Lysol wipes or spray to disinfect your work area properly.
Step 3: Cut fresh orange in half and squeeze one half into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Step 4: Next, pour vodka, St. Germain, and Cointreau into shaker also.
Step 5: Place lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until drink is cold.
Step 6: Strain the liquid from the shaker into a martini glass.
Step 7: Cut a slice from the remaining half of orange, and then cut in half again to make a small triangle. Layer this with two vitamin C gummies onto a martini pick.
Step 8: Eat remaining vitamin C gummy, serve, and enjoy!