Sea Breeze is a popular 80s cocktail with vodka, cranberry juice, and fresh grapefruit juice, and just like its cousins – Cape Codder (vodka, cranberry juice) and Bay Breeze (vodka, cranberry, and pineapple juice), the fruity Sea Breeze is best consumed at the beach on a hot summer day.
Even though the Sea Breeze we know is an 80s drink, the recipe is actually much older. The original cocktail was born in the late 1920s and included gin and grenadine. In Harry Craddock’s 1930s “The Savoy Cocktail Book” he includes a drink named Sea Breeze Cooler and it had gin, grenadine, apricot brandy, and lemon juice. Later on, the cocktail became vodka, dry vermouth, Galliano, and blue curacao. It was not until 1950 when cranberry juice became the most popular mixer for gin and vodka. First, the Cape Codder (originally called The Harpoon), and Greyhound (gin or vodka + grapefruit juice) were born, and later after that, we got introduced to Sea Breeze, Bay Breeze, and Salty Dog (vodka, grapefruit juice, and salt on the rim of the glass).
Today, Sea Breeze is still a popular drink that pairs perfectly with sunny days and beaches. The easy-to-find ingredients and no use of any bar equipment are just more reasons to mix one for yourself and enjoy the rest of your day with this fruity concoction. 😉
On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.
- 1 ½ Ounce (45 ml) of vodka. (the quality of the spirit won’t make much of a difference. No need for an expensive bottle, get something affordable) 😉
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of grapefruit juice.
- Cranberry juice.
- A grapefruit slice and maybe lime for garnish.
- Fill a highball glass with ice and add vodka, grapefruit juice, and top with cranberry juice.
- Stir and garnish.