Marine News from the Great Lakes

RECIPE: The Maritime Mamosa

Published: Friday, February 22, 2019
By: Nicole Hartshorn

Nicole Hartshorn – The River Gal – has been featured in “Thousand Island Life Magazine” and “Sea Ray Living”. Nicole is also the author of “River Entertaining: Food and Drink Ideas for Boaters in the Thousand Islands”, published by Friesen Press.

There is nothing better in the world than sharing those special moments of Holiday enchantment with your children, family, and friends, but now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are behind us, it is time to think spring! Okay, maybe I’m jumping ahead just a little bit but when feet instead of inches can measure snowfalls, can you blame me?

Although the season of spring is not quite here yet, the season for boat shows is! My crew looks forward to this time of year because this is the time the CNY Boat Show comes to the New York State Fairgrounds. The CNY Boat Show consists of more than 500 all new cruisers, sports boats, pontoon boats, personal water crafts and docks – so you’re sure to get your “nautical fix.” It’s a fantastic way to escape the elements, even if it’s just for the day. For that one day we can surround ourselves with the newest boat models, the latest and greatest boating gadgets, and of course, my favorite, the freebies! You can NEVER have too many fluorescent floating key chains and drink koozies that sport an ad for some type of boaters’ insurance. Even though the palm trees are obviously fake and the pools filled with water are “for display only” (I learned that the hard way), we find ourselves drawn to the atmosphere of the CNY Boat Show.

After the little skippers hit up their favorite snack shack and Captain Tom and I hit up our favorite adult beverage stand, we are now ready to check out the newest boat models, the ones that can only be seen at a winter boat show. We slip off our boots and board those pristine straight-from-the-factory boats and take in that “new boat smell.” We love to admire the latest and innovative features and the new color combinations and layouts. We dream of the day we can pull into our marina aboard our very own new boat, toasting to an accomplishment that every used boat owner strives to achieve: ownership of a brand new boat model! Although our crew is not quite there yet, I have created a celebratory drink recipe for those of you that are. So, if you find yourselves signing those ever-so-exciting papers at your local boat show this year, congratulations!

The River Gal


The Maritime Mamosa

Makes 4 drinks

Stock your galley with:
½ cup fresh sliced strawberries
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups of your favorite champagne

Slice up about a ½ cup of strawberries and place slices in an empty ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Once strawberries are frozen, drop a couple of them into four separate champagne glasses. Pour half pineapple juice and half champagne over the strawberries and toast!

Interested in trying more of my recipes or know a boater who would be? Give me a shout at: [email protected]. Search for River Entertaining / Nicole Hartshorn at, or find it at Barnes & Noble at

This article first appeared in the Winter Issue (Jan/Feb) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

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