Red Sky at Night Recipe

Red Sky at Night
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It’s the perfect drink for the cockpit after a day’s sail.  It’s a no-fuss, minimalist thirst-quencher of a cocktail, and whereas the other superb sailor’s drink evokes images of a rough passage at sea, I prefer the vision of a soothing dusk and the knowledge that the next day’s sail will be a delight.

The winning entry on Sailing World Magazine’s Ultimate Boat Drink Contest, presented by Regatta Ginger Beer.

Submitted by Mark Gillespie.


1.5 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
Ice - crushed
2 oz white/light rum
4 oz Regatta Ginger Beer
Ice cubes (Crushed or cubes)
Purple basil sprigs & lemon wedge for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Red Sky at Night

  1. In a sturdy lowball glass, add purple basil leaves, lemon juice and a layer of crushed ice.
  2. Muddle in glass until leaves are crushed and liquid has a reddish tint. Add rum and stir of 30 seconds.
  3. Add Regatta Ginger Beer. Garnish.
  4. Flavor intensifies over the next few minutes.
  5. Mixologist's Note: Purple basil is key. Green basil will not work as a substitute.
Red Sky at Night