Make a refreshing Bay Breeze Cocktail with just three simple ingredients!
We’ve almost made it to the weekend, friends, and that deserves a cocktail! This is one tropical cocktail that will have you thinking you’re in the islands. Good news is that you can make it year-round! If you love cranberry and pineapple, this is going to be your new go-to tropical drink.
While we wait for summer to arrive, this cocktail will have you dreaming of a tropical vacation and couldn’t we all use one of those about now, right? YES PLEASE!
Let’s talk about the Bay Breeze Cocktail! It also likes to go by the names of a Hawaiian Sea Breeze, a Downeaster, or a Paul Joseph. It’s a sister drink to the popular Sea Breeze Cocktail!
What is the difference between a Bay Breeze and a Sea Breeze?
While they sound similar and commonly mistaken for one another, a bay breeze and sea breeze are two different drinks.
While a Bay Breeze has pineapple juice added to cranberry juice and vodka, a Sea Breeze swaps the pineapple juice out for grapefruit juice. Both are absolutely delicious!
The Bay Breeze feels like a tropical “twist” on the Sea Breeze.
How to Make a Bay Breeze Cocktail
Just three ingredients to the perfect tropical drink!
Next, let’s chat about how to make a Bay Breeze cocktail. It uses the base of a Cape Codder with the addition of pineapple juice.
Bay Breeze Ingredients
- Cranberry Juice
- Pineapple Juice
A note on the cranberry juice, be sure to find unsweetened cranberry juice rather than sweetened cranberry juice cocktail as it will make your Bay Breeze too sweet. The pineapple juice gives it all the sweetness you need!
You simply mix the vodka, cranberry juice and pineapple juice together and serve on the rocks. I also love to use crushed ice sometimes – like nugget ice – so good!
Can you use rum in lieu of vodka?
Sure. It won’t *technically* be a Bay Breeze at that point, but it will definitely taste delicious. Might I suggest coconut rum if you go the rum route, it’s delicious! For the official Bay Breeze, however, use vodka!
How to Serve a Bay Breeze Cocktail
You can make this Bay Breeze recipe in a large batch for a crowd (which I really love) and serve it in a fun drink dispenser or pitcher with floating with fruit slices (pineapple and lime are my favorites here) and sprigs of mint.
I always love to find ways to make a drink “pretty” for presentation. This is especially perfect for occasions or celebrations where you want a “signature cocktail” that’s easy, pretty AND most importantly – delicious!
If you’re making more than 1, here’s a little tip! In the recipe card below, just click on the “1” beside serving and adjust the slider to increase to your desired number. It will adjust the ingredients for you! Cool, huh?
You can easily size up to 6 or 8 and make it a “pitcher drink” for a small gathering!
Bay Breeze Cocktail
- 3 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 lime wedge (for garnish)
- Combine cranberry juice, vodka, and pineapple juice. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
Related Easy Cocktail Recipes
- Summer Pineapple Cocktail
- Frozen Rosé Grapefruit Cocktail (my fave)
- Citrus Champagne Punch
- Pineapple Ginger Mojito
If you want to impress your friends the next time you’re making a signature drink for a party or gathering, then this is the drink to make! It’s so delish.