The 30th anniversary of Shark Week is here — and what better way to celebrate the milestone than with a drink inspired by these underwater predators. Discovery Channel’s schedule is jam-packed with specials that are guaranteed to horrify anyone suffering from galeophobia, so a cocktail or two might come in handy. 

Want to watch Shaq Does Shark Week, which aims to help the former NBA star get over his fear of sharks? We suggest the Red Rum Punch. If you’re interested in Ronda Rousey Uncaged, definitely go with the Gin Fin Above Water. 

From Monster Tag to Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy to Shark Tank Meets Shark Week, there is a Shark Week-inspired drink to complement everyone’s viewing pleasures. 

So, if you are planning a viewing party for Shark Week, which kicks off on July 22, be sure to include a few of the jawsome cocktail recipes below. We promise they’ll be killer — (last shark pun, we promise). 

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Cazadores Bloody Sunrise

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Tequila CAZADORES Reposado

3 oz. orange juice

¼ oz. top  with grenadine

1 lime wedge squeeze

Instructions: 

In a Collins glass, combine all the ingredients with ice. Top with grenadine. Garnish with orange and cherry.

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SVEDKA Iceberg

Ingredients:

1½ parts SVEDKA Vodka

Splash Blue Curaçao

1 king cube of ice

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake gently and strain into a chilled glass with a king cube of ice.

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Aviation Gin-Fin Above Water

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin

1/2 oz Dry vermouth

7 Raspberries

1/2 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice

3/4 oz Simple syrup

1 small Egg white

Preparation:

In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers. Shake without ice for 6 seconds then fill with ice & shake vigorously. Fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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Grey Goose Shark Bait

Ingredients: 

1 ½ Parts GREY GOOSE® L’Orange

½ Part freshly squeezed lime juice

½ Part Blood Orange Syrup

⅓ Part Orgeat Syrup

3 Dashes Aromatic Bitters

Instructions: 

Build and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves and a couple of drops of bitters.

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Shark Week Smirnoff & Soda

Ingredients: 

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

3 oz Club Soda

Festive Shark Lime

Instructions: 

Mix Smirnoff No. 21 vodka and club soda in a glass over ice. Top off with a festive shark week-inspired lime.

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Bacardí Red Rum Punch

Ingredients:

3/4 part BACARDÍ LIMÓN

3/4 part BACARDÍ Raspberry rum

3/4 part BACARDÍ Superior Rum

1/2 part grenadine

2 parts sweet & sour mix

1 part cranberry juice

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients including garnishes into a punch bowl with a block of ice. Pour over single serve glass filled with ice. Garnish each single serve with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.

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Lady in the Water

Ingredients:

1 oz. Cointreau

0.75 oz. Botanist Gin

0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice                          

2 Cucumbers                                  

5 Mint Leaves                         

1 bar spoon simple syrup   

Instructions:

Muddle cucumber in a mixing glass, add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cucumber and mint on a bamboo cocktail pick.

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Deep Sea Punch

Ingredients:

16 ounces Captain Morgan White Rum

12 ounces coconut water

3 ounces blue curaçao

6 ounces simple syrup

6 ounces fresh lime juice

20 ounces pineapple juice

2 cups ice

Gummy fish candy, for garnish

Instructions: 

Combine the rum, coconut water, curaçao, simple syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, and ice to fill the fish bowl, and stir. Garnish with gummy fish candy and crazy straws. *Makes about 12 servings

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Cortez, The Killer

Ingredients: 

2 oz. Mount Gay® Black Barrel Rum

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

.25 oz. Chamomilla Liqueur

3 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Instructions: 

Combine ingredients in mixing glass, stir, and strain into rocks glass over a large hand-cut ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.


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