The Key West Colada, Key West Castaway & Express De-Stress, if those aren’t great boat drink names then I don’t know what are.

Those are the 3 finalists for the Key West Express cocktail contest. Congrats to Jennifer, Michael, and Kevin! The winner will be receiving 2 free tickets aboard the Key West Express and travel from Fort Myers to Key West. The winner will also have their cocktail served at the Key West Express bar.

Finalists were picked by Linda from the Key West Express, a bartender, and a couple other staff members of the Key West Express.

Please vote for your favorite cocktail and let’s send one of these Castaways to Key West! Voting will end tomorrow morning at 8am. I will then tally the votes and announce the winner tomorrow morning.

1. The Key West Colada by Jennifer Kennedy

  • 2oz Malibu Rum
  • 2oz Ke Ke Beach Key Lime Cream Liquor
  • 4oz Pina Colada Mix
  • Ice

Throw it all in the blender and mix it up. Garnish w/ Key Lime Wedge and Cherry. Optional: Meyers Rum Floater


2. The Key West Castaway by Michael Balka

  • Equal parts Malibu rum
  • Vodka
  • Amaretto
  • Cranberry juice
  • Pineapple juice

Shake over the rocks and pour into chilled glass and imagine yourself in a tropical oasis!


3. The Express De-Stress by Kevin Sorrels

  • 2 oz Siesta Key Dark Rum
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • Juice of a half lime

Shake and strain over crushed ice. Float a splash of Grenadine. A dash of bitters and a touch of nutmeg.

Again, congrats to our 3 finalists and thank you very much to everyone who submitted a recipe. Their were so many good ones, I’ll probably be using a few of them in the up coming weeks for our weekly Boat Drinks recipe posts.

Vote for your favorite!

Cheers Castaways!

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  1. Patrick Noack July 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I am going to vote for the Key West Colada by Jennifer Kennedy! And just a side note Ryan when I came up with that dirty snowball drink nobody took me to the keys!!!! LOL

  2. nicky July 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    the express d stress by kevin sorrels sounds like the best drink to me good luck every one

  3. Bluwatergal July 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    All look great to me, but my vote goes to Express De-stress! I’m beach vacation bound next week & will definitely give this one a run through my cocktail shaker 🙂

  4. Rori July 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    All three sound amazing – LOVE the the name Express Destress, but I really like the idae of #2 – The Key West Castaway gets my final vote.
    Think we’ll have to talk about these on the Florida Travel Cocktail!

  5. Fabian Christopher July 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Im really diggin the key west castaway. would love to sip on that as i cruise on the key west express.

  6. Ken July 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Just made the the Express De-stess! Love it! Thats my vote

  7. Jim D July 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    My vote is for Jennifer’s Key West Colada. The key lime liqueur is a nice touch!

  8. Dave Whited July 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Express De-Stress

  9. Xislandgirl July 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Key West Castaway gets my vote!

  10. Jane July 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I love the Express De-Stress

  11. Tracey July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Voting for express de-stress

  12. Erma July 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Espress de-stress sounds good to me!

  13. Valerie July 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Definately express de-stress!

  14. Leesha July 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I have to vote for express de-stress.

  15. Terry July 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Express de-stress has my vote, nothing like dark rum.

  16. Brenda Lemke July 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    key west colada

  17. Jeff July 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I vote for the Express De-Stress from Kevin Sorrels! It sounds great!

  18. Lori July 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Key West Colada by Jennifer Kennedy!

  19. Jackie Myles July 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Key West Castaway sounds like a winner to me! I can’t wait to sample this!

  20. Brandee July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Express De-Stress from Kevin Sorrels gets my vote!

  21. J Rossano July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Tough choice between and castaway but I’m going with Castaway- sounds delicious

  22. Pat Murphy July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Number 3 has my vote!!

  23. Wendy July 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    They all sound good right now. I’d like to try them all but if I only can pick 1, lets go with #3..

  24. Shawn July 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Key West Colada baby. Now that’s a drink for summer in the Keys.

  25. Michele July 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I need a Express De-Stress! Number 3 for me!

  26. michael myles July 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I’m behind Captain Mike any day- Key West Castaway gets my vote!

  27. Nicole July 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I vote for Express De-Stress by Kevin Sorrels!

  28. Thad July 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    The Express de-stress sounds awesome! It gets my vote!

  29. JD July 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Express De-Stress gets my vote!

  30. janice koleda July 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    key west castaway is the new bay breeze! Go Mike!

  31. Michelle July 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Kevin Sorrels De-Stressor is a winner hands down. Can’t wait to serve at my next party or throw back one or two this evening! Good luck Kevin…it’s a winner

  32. cindy July 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Kevin’s Express De-Stress gets my vote!!

  33. LA July 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    #2 for me!

  34. jerry July 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I vote for the Express De-Stress!

  35. Tony July 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Express De-Stress by Kevin “will make you say Levin” Sorrels!

  36. Jody Ehrhardt July 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I vote Express De-Stress from Kevin Sorrels

  37. Brent July 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    My vote goes to Express De-Stress!

  38. Larry July 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    #3 (express de-stress)

  39. marie July 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I’ll have an Express De-Stress, please. Number 3 for me!

  40. Karen Coates July 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I vote for the #2 Key West Castaway by Michael Balka….Fantabulous 🙂
    You won’t be dissapointed!

  41. Nathen July 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    #2 is the Best ” Key West Castaway” by Michael Balka Best of the Best!!

  42. Alice July 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Kevins #3 De-Stress

  43. Kelly July 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Voting for Key West Colada – Jennifer Kennedy

  44. Charlie Murphy July 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Charlie Murphy votes for a little de-stress #3.. With all the lightning in the area I need something to help deal…

  45. Ben July 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    If Charlie Murphy votes #3 then you can’t go wrong.. Number 3 has my vote..

  46. Victoria L July 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I love the sound of #3 by Kevin Sorrels! He gets my vote!

  47. Lorrie July 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Key West Castaway in honor of all us Rumshopryan followers!!!

  48. Islndgrl July 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Key Wesr Castaway gets my vote…and glass!

  49. Lexi L July 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Express de-stress sounds like something that would go down well with all the families in my neighborhood! I vote for #3 Kevin Sorrels.

  50. Nate July 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    De-Stress all the way!! Good luck all..

  51. Steven Larson (retired) July 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    #3 Kevin Sorrels’ Express De-stress is exactly what my wife needs on a hot summer evening…. His cocktail gets my vote!

  52. geiger July 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Express D Stress for me!!

  53. Shari Trent July 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    the Express De-Stress!!!! fantastic!

  54. Kim Y July 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Party at the neighbors, lets go with #3.

  55. SOonthebeach July 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Express De-Stress- looks awesome!!

  56. tammy gnagy July 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    The key west castaway. Number 2

  57. Matt July 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Express de-stress is the only drink for me now!!

  58. Dirty D July 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The Destress is the most refreshing of the three my vote goes for Kevin.

  59. Andelyn July 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    My vote is for Kevin’s express de-stress!!!

  60. Leanne July 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Express de-stress!!

  61. Sid July 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    The Express de stress has my vote!

  62. Island Girl July 13, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Give me an Express De-Stress!!!!

  63. freport mama July 13, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Kevin Sorrels’ Express De-Stress all the way!

  64. Linda July 13, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Express De-Stress sounds great to me!!!

  65. Susie M July 13, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Gotta be Express De-stress!

  66. Chris July 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

    #2 gets my vote! Awesome mix! Good luck!

  67. Chris July 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

    #2 gets my vote. Awesome!

  68. Sharon July 13, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I have to vote for Express De-Stress. Yummy!!!

  69. markimark July 13, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Tried all three, all good, but have to go with Express De-Stress.

  70. Hot Springs Mama July 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Definately #3…Express De-Stress

  71. Jennifer July 13, 2011 at 1:39 am

    What a great idea this contest ist I love all of the drinks and am honered to be in the top three!!!! I think we should try them all 😀 Thank you RSR and Key West Express.

  72. Stephany July 13, 2011 at 1:41 am

    #3 has to be the best—–Express De-Stress

  73. Kayla July 13, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Drink #2 sounds delicious!

  74. Tyler July 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Key West Castaway

  75. Dave B. July 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Express De-stress!!

  76. K-la July 13, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Key West Castaway for my vote!

  77. MisterB July 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Key west castaway, for true!

  78. Karen July 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I want an Express destress!

  79. Michelle July 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

    #1 sounds the best to me!

  80. Dennis July 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Express D-Stress is the one for me.

  81. Jason July 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Key west Colada!!
    Sounds like how I want to get there and what
    I’ll be drinking when I arrive.

  82. Debbie Haskell July 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    The Key West coloda gets my vote. I had to try all 3 before voting. YUM! Hard work but someone’s gotta do it!

  83. Kevin Sorrels July 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Thanks to everyone for their Votes! All the drinks were great. (I tried them!)

    Thanks Ryan!

  84. Michelle July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My vote is for the Key West Colada…sounds yummy!!!

  85. heatdodger July 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    It’s gotta be the Express De-Stress!!

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