Show Us Your Best Boat Drink!

April 12, 2024
Susan Elnicki

Show Us Your Best Boat Drink!

As we celebrate our 25th year, Marinalife and our sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka want to see how you toast to good times on the water!

Send us the recipe for your favorite boat beverage made with Tito's Handmade Vodka and share a photo of you raising a glass for a chance to be featured in Marinalife.

Who's Eligible?

We welcome recipes from readers aged 21 and up!

What's the deadline?

October 1, 2024.

Who picks the winners?

Our staff will select our favorites, whose recipe and photos will appear in Marinalife.

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Show Us Your Best Boat Drink!

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