Sea Breeze Cocktail

November 17, 2022
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Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

If the Cosmo is the little black dress of the vodka-cranberry cocktail world, the Sea Breeze is its bikini equivalent. This totally tart, vodka-based drink brings together cranberry juice and grapefruit juice in a visually stunning way. Notice the glitz, the glamour, and the glory of the muted red crimson hue accented with a pale green lime wedge is: It looks good and is oh-so-refreshing. Plus, that color combo makes this drink a total winner for holiday cocktail parties–especially for brunch.

Note: The Sea Breeze should not be confused with a Bay Breeze cocktail. The ladder swaps in pineapple juice in place of the cranberry juice. (And you can always leave out the vodka altogether for a juicy mocktail that will quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day.)

This Sea Breeze is said to have come into being around the 1920s or 1930s at the height of Prohibition. But what we know as a Sea Breeze today wasn’t always made with this exact recipe. According to Salvator Calbreze, author of Classic Cocktails, it was originally made with a potent combination of gin instead of vodka, plus apricot, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice. A couple of decades later, he writes, it got a makeover once again, this time with vodka, vermouth, Galliano, and blue Curaçao. (We love a cocktail that has such a deeply delicious history!)

While its previous iterations are enticing, we have to say that we love the simplicity of the modern-day iteration. It’s easy to find all of the ingredients and it doesn’t cost a fortune to make.
Kelly Vaughan

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed and strained grapefruit juice
  • Lime wedge, for garnish
  1. Add the vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice into a highball glass with ice and stir.

  2. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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