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Best Cocktails for After a Day of Fishing

Here a few fishing themed cocktails that you can keep in mind when you get back to the boat launch.

There's not many of our favorite outdoor activities that can safely or legally include an accompanying bit of alcohol, but the fact is that a few drinks while sitting on the bank watching a bobber is one of them. Fishermen everywhere love to toss some cans in the cooler for a day of fishing, but what if you've gotten a little tired of the old routine and want to try a fishing-inspired cocktail instead?

Don't worry, we've already done some of the footwork and found you a few drink recipes.

Nothing goes down better than a mixed drink made with your favorite ingredients, so here are several fishing themed cocktails for your consideration. Just don't get too tipsy until you've docked the boat or are safely at home.

Personal Fish Bowl

There is more than one fish bowl cocktail recipe out there, but this one is nice because it includes four kinds of liquor and some sugary Swedish Fish and Nerds candies. You don't have to make in a glass fish bowl, but it certainly adds to the experience.

Here's what you need:

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz. Blue Raspberry Vodka
  • 2 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
  • Nerds Candy
  • Swedish Fish Candy

What's really cool is when you pour Nerds into the base of the glass bowl to take on the appearance of a real goldfish habitat.

Shark Bite

As the Mom Foodie says, "The refreshing Shark Bite is a drink made of spiced rum, sour mix and  blue curacao to make it appear as ocean water. Grenadine is used to create the appearance of blood in the water."

Here's how you make one:

  • 1-1/2 oz. spiced rum
  • 3/4 oz. blue curacao
  • 3 oz. sour mix
  • grenadine

Follow the directions in the video and you're golden. This is especially cool for when someone catches their first shark on a saltwater fishing trip.

Fish Eye Cocktail

This one is really all in the name, but it is a very refreshing drink that is easily made. Here's the ingredient list:

  • 3/4 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice or 3/4 cup white grapefruit juice
  • 3 oz. light rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Garnish with lemon or lime slice

Stir together all ingredients in a small pitcher until the sugar is dissolved. Then pour into two glasses filled with ice. Bam.

Red Snapper Shooter

The Red Snapper is one of the great drink recipes to feature Crown Royal Whisky, but it can be made with any. Do not to confuse this with the classic gin-based Bloody Mary, which also sometimes goes by this name. This is a popular shooter that can be enjoyed as a cocktail, but it is so sweet and delicious that it can easily become your favorite drink.

The ingredients are simple:

  • 1 oz. Canadian whisky
  • 1 oz. amaretto liqueur
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice

Leave the Beer Cooler Home

With kudos to our fellow ice fishermen, most of our fishing is done during the warm weather months, but that doesn't mean these cannot be used by all. Delicious cocktails are more than just rum punch, maraschino cherry, and lemon slices, they are meant to be a fun way to relax, especially after being outdoors and catching fish.

Fish bowl cocktails and margaritas aside, when you come home at the end of a long day of fishing, you're going to want something refreshing in your cocktail glass waiting for you. These don't take much prep time or involve many ingredients, just a good old fashioned trip to the liquor cabinet and a glass!

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