Bay Breeze

Bay Breeze cocktail in glasses with lime garnish

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
239 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 239
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 89mg 444%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 259mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The bay breeze is a simple mixed drink that adds the tropical taste of a pineapple to the popular mix of vodka and cranberry juice. It's a variation on the Cape Codder that is delightfully easy to mix up. Also called a Hawaiian sea breeze or Downeaster, the bay breeze is one of those popular cocktails that all bartenders should know, and every drinker should try.

This recipe falls into a category of mixed drinks called "duos" and "trios": uncomplicated tall drinks that combine liquor with one or two fruits. They are refreshing, pack a flavorful punch, and are among the cheapest drinks you can make at home.

For the bay breeze, choose your favorite vodka and mix it with cranberry and pineapple juices. While equal parts of the two juices are most common, you can switch that up to suit your personal taste. There are also a number of options that give this everyday drink a quick twist.

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"The bay breeze harkens back to a time before classic cocktail made a comeback and fresh lemon and lime juice was nowhere to be found behind bars. Instead, the shelf-stable cranberry juice ruled the day. It's long, boozy, fruity, and refreshingly tart." —Tom Macy

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice

  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Bay breeze cocktail ingredients
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  2. Pour the vodka into an ​ice-filled highball glass.

    Vodka pouring into a highball glass
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  3. Top with equal amounts of pineapple and cranberry juices.

    Pineapple and cranberry juices added to a make bay breeze
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  4. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

    Bay breeze cocktail garnished with a lime wedge
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Tips

  • Stir the drink whenever you like, or simply enjoy the yellow and red layers while they last.
  • Drinks like this are a perfect opportunity to save a little money. Find a smooth, budget-friendly vodka to pour and save the really good bottles for vodka martinis.
  • The bay breeze can be made short in an old-fashioned glass for a slightly stronger drink, or weaker with more juice in a larger glass.

Recipe Variations

  • Some bay breeze fans prefer to pour 2 parts cranberry juice and 1 part pineapple juice.
  • Make up a pitcher and serve it for brunch. It's easy to increase if you measure it in parts: Keep the vodka at 1 part and the juices at 1 1/2 parts each.
  • Play with flavored vodkas. Fruit vodkas are a good choice, and this drink is often made with coconut rum or vodka. It's a good mix when experimenting with your homemade herbal infusions as well.
  • Add some sparkle by topping it with light soda or sparkling wine.
  • Add ice cubes with fruit frozen inside. Small berries, like raspberries, are perfect and you can even use herbs such as lavender or rosemary. Fill the ice cube trays halfway, let them freeze partially, add the fruit or herb, then fill and freeze.

How Strong Is a Bay Breeze?

Vodka highballs are low-proof drinks because of the high concentration of fruit juice. For the bay breeze, the alcohol content should be around 9 percent ABV (18 proof), which is right in between the strength of beer and wine.

What's the Difference Between a Bay Breeze and a Sea Breeze?

The bay breeze is part of a family of fruity vodka drinks that are closely related. They're made in the same way, and getting a new drink is simply a matter of swapping out one of the juices. While the bay breeze uses pineapple, the sea breeze mixes grapefruit juice with the cranberry. Switch to a combination of orange and cranberry juices, and you have a madras.