Bay Breeze Cocktail Drink

Bay Breeze

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want the perfect summer cocktail? Make a Bay Breeze! Our recipe and the simple ingredients used make a delightful drink.

Bay Breeze Recipe

Sip into summer with this effortless recipe! This vibrant cocktail is your go-to for a sunny day, made with vodka, cranberry juice, and a splash of pineapple.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

152 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Vodka
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka over the ice.
  • Add Cranberry Juice: Measure and pour 3 oz cranberry juice into the glass.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Add 1 oz pineapple juice to the mix.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: If you don't have vodka, you can use gin for a more botanical flavor. I've also used white rum, which gives the drink a tropical twist.
  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice works well if you're out of cranberry juice. It's a bit sweeter but still adds a tartness that complements the other flavors.
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice is a good alternative. It's tropical and sweet but changes the character of the drink slightly.

Making a Pitcher of Bay Breeze:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of vodka, 24 oz of cranberry juice, and 8 oz of pineapple juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka substitute or soda water for the base.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Bay Breeze.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Juices: Most commercial juices are vegan, but it's always good to check the label for animal-derived ingredients like honey.
  • Garnish: Ensure the lime or any other garnish is organic to avoid potential non-vegan pesticides.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
152
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Potassium
 
103
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
40
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Bay Breeze Cocktail Drink

Bay Breeze Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Sip into summer with this effortless recipe! This vibrant cocktail is your go-to for a sunny day, made with vodka, cranberry juice, and a splash of pineapple.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 152

Ingredients
 

  • oz Vodka
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka over the ice.
  • Add Cranberry Juice: Measure and pour 3 oz cranberry juice into the glass.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Add 1 oz pineapple juice to the mix.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: If you don't have vodka, you can use gin for a more botanical flavor. I've also used white rum, which gives the drink a tropical twist.
  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice works well if you're out of cranberry juice. It's a bit sweeter but still adds a tartness that complements the other flavors.
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice is a good alternative. It's tropical and sweet but changes the character of the drink slightly.

Making a Pitcher of Bay Breeze:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of vodka, 24 oz of cranberry juice, and 8 oz of pineapple juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka substitute or soda water for the base.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Bay Breeze.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Juices: Most commercial juices are vegan, but it's always good to check the label for animal-derived ingredients like honey.
  • Garnish: Ensure the lime or any other garnish is organic to avoid potential non-vegan pesticides.

What is a Bay Breeze?

Bay Breeze is a vodka cocktail that combines cranberry juice with pineapple juice. While it may have a short history of an Old Fashioned, it has become a go-to drink for those looking to enjoy something refreshing and easy.A side shot of a Bay Breeze cocktail in a highball glass on a brown coaster with a plant on the side placed on a white marmol table and a pineapple fruit on the brackground.

What is a Bay Breeze made of – The ingredients

The ingredients for a Bay Breeze include:

  • Vodka: Provides an alcoholic base and a clean, neutral flavor.
  • Cranberry Juice: Adds tartness and a vibrant red color to the drink.
  • Pineapple Juice: Contributes tropical sweetness and a hint of acidity.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the cocktail, making it refreshing.
  • Lime Wedge: Optional garnish that adds a citrusy note when squeezed into the drink.

Vodka, cranberry juice and pineapple juice laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bay Breeze?

Follow our guide step by step to make this drink:

1
<p>Fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.</p>

Fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.

2
<p>Pour 1½ oz of vodka over the ice, establishing the alcoholic base of the drink.</p>

Pour 1½ oz of vodka over the ice, establishing the alcoholic base of the drink.

3
<p>Measure and add 3 oz of cranberry juice into the glass to introduce tartness and color.</p>

Measure and add 3 oz of cranberry juice into the glass to introduce tartness and color.

4
<p>Add 1 oz of pineapple juice to the mix for a tropical sweetness.</p>

Add 1 oz of pineapple juice to the mix for a tropical sweetness.

What is the difference between a Bay Breeze and a Sea Breeze?

A Bay Breeze and a Sea Breeze share a similar foundation but differ in one key ingredient: the fruit juice paired with cranberry juice. In a Sea Breeze, grapefruit juice complements the cranberry juice, adding a tart and slightly bitter note. On the other hand, a Bay Breeze uses pineapple juice, which brings a tropical sweetness to the mix. This difference in fruit juice creates a distinct flavor profile for each cocktail. While a Sea Breeze leans towards tart and refreshing, a Bay Breeze offers a sweeter, more tropical experience. Both drinks use vodka as their alcoholic base and are typically served in highball glasses over ice. 

Vodka in Bay Breeze – Your choice of spirit matters

When making a Bay Breeze, the vodka you choose can make a real difference. You can’t go wrong with Tito’s Handmade Vodka for a clean, neutral base that lets the fruit juices shine. It’s smooth, affordable, and widely available. If you’re looking to elevate your drink, consider using Grey Goose. Its crisp profile pairs exceptionally well with cranberry tartness and pineapple juice’s sweetness. For those on a budget, Smirnoff No. 21 is a solid pick. It’s versatile, unpretentious, and does the job without breaking the bank.

Malibu Bay Breeze – Coconut Rum version

A Malibu Bay Breeze swaps out the traditional vodka for Malibu coconut rum as its alcoholic base. This change infuses the drink with a coconut flavor, adding a tropical dimension to the cocktail. Coconut rum complements the existing cranberry and pineapple juices, making the beverage even more suited for a beachside setting or summer gathering. Like the original, it’s typically served in a highball glass over ice and offers a balanced blend of tart, sweet, and tropical flavors.

A Bay Breeze cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass with a plant on the side on a dark brown wooden tray placed on a white marmol table.

Chesapeake Bay Breeze – Bourbon, Cranberry and Pineapple

A Chesapeake Bay Breeze replaces the traditional vodka with bourbon as its alcoholic base. This substitution adds a rich, smoky dimension to the drink, contrasting with the cranberry juice’s tartness and the pineapple juice’s sweetness. The bourbon’s complexity gives the cocktail a more robust flavor profile, making it a unique take on the classic. Like its original counterpart, it’s typically served in a highball glass over ice.

Variations

Interested in different styles? Check out our top variations of the Bay Breeze Cocktail.

  • Tropical Bay Breeze: The addition of coconut rum to the Tropical Bay Breeze cocktail adds a delightful tropical twist, transforming each sip into a mini-vacation. The coconut rum imparts a refreshing island feel that I thoroughly enjoy.
  • Bay Breeze Mocktail: In the Bay Breeze Mocktail, non-alcoholic vodka maintains the classic taste while making it suitable for all ages. I particularly appreciate this mocktail for its inclusive nature, making it perfect for any gathering.
  • Tequila Bay Breeze: Replacing vodka with tequila in the Tequila Bay Breeze introduces a southwestern kick that pairs beautifully with the fruit juices. The bold flavor of tequila creates a lively and unforgettable tasting experience.
  • Madras Cocktail: This is a citrusy blend of orange and cranberry juices mixed with vodka. The addition of orange juice adds a fresh zest, offering a sensory refreshment that is invigorating.
  • Woo Woo: The Woo Woo cocktail is a delightful combination of peach schnapps and cranberry juice, resulting in a sweet and tart mix. The peach schnapps contributes a candy-like sweetness, making for a fun and enjoyable flavor profile.
  • Hawaiian Breeze: In the Hawaiian Breeze cocktail, coconut rum is combined with pineapple and cranberry juices, creating a creamy, exotic taste. The coconut rum enhances the drink with an indulgent layer of tropical flavor.
  • Caribbean Breeze: The Caribbean Breeze cocktail features a mix of rum and grenadine with pineapple and cranberry juices, offering a sweet tropical sensation. The grenadine adds a pleasant sweetness that perfectly balances the tropical flavors.
  • Sunset Breeze: This variation is a refreshing blend of cranberry, pineapple, and club soda, offering a fizzy mix that is enjoyable for everyone. The addition of soda brings a lively touch, making it an excellent choice for any event.
  • Hawaiian Sea Breeze: Grapefruit and pineapple juices are combined with vodka in the Hawaiian Sea Breeze for a tangy and sweet mixture. The grapefruit juice introduces a refreshing sharpness, ideal for a revitalizing moment.

A side shot of a Bay Breeze cocktail in a highball glass with a plant on the side on a dark brown wooden tray placed on a white marmol table.

History and Origins

The Bay Breeze emerged as a variation of the Sea Breeze, swapping grapefruit juice for pineapple juice. This change gave the drink a tropical twist, making it popular in beachside bars and resorts. While the exact time and place of the cocktails creation remain unclear, its popularity soared in the latter half of the 20th century, especially in the United States. The cocktail found its niche in casual dining and social settings, often appearing on the menus of chain restaurants and bars.

The Bay Breeze is a cocktail that belongs to the Sea Breeze family of drinks. The Sea Breeze originated in the late 1920s to early 1930s, initially featuring gin, grenadine, and grapefruit juice. Over time, vodka replaced gin, and cranberry juice took the place of grenadine, leading to the Sea Breeze we know today.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Bay Breeze?
It typically contains around 180-200 calories, depending on the brands of ingredients used.
How strong is a Bay Breeze in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength of the cocktail largely depends on the vodka used. Generally, it has an ABV of around 10-15% and a proof of 20-30.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bay Breeze?
Vodka serves as the alcoholic base in the cocktail.
In which glass is a Bay Breeze typically served?
It's usually served in a highball glass.
What does a Bay Breeze taste like?
The cocktail offers a balanced flavor profile, combining the tartness of cranberry juice with the tropical sweetness of pineapple juice.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bay Breeze?
The typical ratio is 1½ oz of vodka, 3 oz of cranberry juice, and 1 oz of pineapple juice.
Can I use flavored vodka in a Bay Breeze?
Yes, flavored vodka like citrus or berry can add more complexity to the drink.
Is the Bay Breeze similar to a Cosmopolitan?
While both contain cranberry juice and vodka, Cosmopolitan also includes lime juice and triple sec, making it a different drink altogether.

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