The sun is on your face. There’s a gentle, cooling breeze. You’re with a group of friends celebrating the joys of being on the water on a summer day. Given such great conditions, it’s easy to work up a powerful thirst. What you want to add to the celebration and camaraderie is a delicious thirst-quenching beverage to sip as you watch the gulls soar and the waves undulate. Cocktails with a nautical theme and bracing flavors are the perfect solution. If these amazing drinks are low in calories and sugar, then so much the better. If you’re anything like us, lake life is ten times better with vodka boat drinks.

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It’s summer – everyone wants to look good in skimpy summer clothes and swimsuits. Switch Vodka Light has you covered.

Regular vodka served on ice or neat contains just under ninety-eight calories per one-at-a-half-ounce serving. That’s less than most other liquors. Switch Vodka Light contains even fewer calories than other vodkas. Switch Vodka is all-natural. There are no artificial flavors. It’s also low in carbs, gluten-free, and contains no sugar. You will love the delicious, naturally-flavored Pomegranate Lemongrass and Peach Basil flavors. These contain only 86 calories per one-at-a-half-ounce serving. Or you can make yummy, refreshing Switch Vodka Light Spirit unflavored boat drinks. They have only 83 calories per one-at-a-half-ounce serving.

We often suppose alcoholic beverages are high in calories. However, points out that iced coffee and iced fruity drinks have between three hundred and sixty and five hundred calories per serving. Even innocent fruit juices are high in both sugar and calories. As Time writer, Laura Blue notes fruit juices are nutritious but they have as many calories as sugary sodas — between twenty and thirty grams of sugar. Lemonade is refreshing but it has a hundred calories and nearly twenty-six grams of carbs. Cool, thirst-quenching, iced tea has hundred and eighty calories and sixteen added calories per teaspoonful of sugar.

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The creative mixologists have been busy concocting irresistible vodka boat drinks. Try these – remember, you can mix up a batch in the convenient Switch Vodka Light bottles to bring with you.


  • 4 strawberries, green leaves removed
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Peach Basil Vodka Light
  • ¼ cup club soda

In a shaker, muddle strawberries. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, vodka, and ice. Shake well. Strain the cocktail into a glass with ice. Add club soda and stir. Garnish with fresh strawberry and/or basil.


  • 1.5 oz. Switch Pomegranate Lemongrass Vodka Light
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. lavender simple syrup
  • ¼ cup club soda

Add vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with ice. Add club soda and stir. Garnish with fresh lavender and/or lemon.

Vodka Drinks for Boating


  • ¼ cup cucumber, cubed
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1.5 oz. Switch Vodka Light Spirit Drink
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • ½ oz. lime juice

Mix together in a shaker the muddle cucumber and basil. Add simple syrup, lime juice, vodka, and ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh cucumber and/or basil.

Are you feeling adventurous? Why not try some of these other boat cocktails. Simply use Switch Vodka Light Spirit Drink or one of the naturally-flavored Switch Vodka Light.


The Sea Breeze is a classic nautical cocktail. It is perfect for the ocean or sitting o on the shore enjoying the sunset. Mix equal amounts of Switch Vodka Light Spirit Drink, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice. Pour over ice in a tall glass and add a slice of lime as garnish.


Try this little vodka recipe inspired by the rum Malibu. Use equal parts Switch Peach Basil Vodka Light, pineapple juice, and orange juice. Serve this tasty beverage on the rocks. Add a splash of soda. Top with a pineapple wedge and an orange slice.

Sandbar is famous for its boat-friendly beverages. Try these Switch Vodka Light adaptations.


Combine equal amounts of frozen limeade, tequila, and Switch Pomegranate and Lemongrass Vodka Light. Add ice in a punch bowl or large thermos jar. Top with fruit and you have the perfect citrus punch for your boating guests.


This vodka treat can also be made with lemons, limes, or grapefruit.

Mix together in an eight-cup-or-larger container:

  • 6 cups of Switch Vodka Light Spirit Drink
  • Skins of 6 ripe oranges (or the citrus fruit of your choice)
  • ½ Madagascar vanilla bean
  • 2 cups sugar or Splenda

Pour in Switch Vodka Light Spirit Drink. Add the skins of five or six ripe oranges or citrus fruit of your choice. Add the vanilla bean. Seal the container and store it away from the sun. Remove the vanilla bean after three days. Leave the mixture until you like the taste. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Top with fruit wedges.

No matter what your vodka boat drink preferences are, Switch Vodka Light offers a refreshing, low-calorie base. Not able to be on a boat? Don’t worry, we have other low-calorie vodka cocktails that are perfect for any outdoor experience.