How to Make a Classic Bay Breeze Cocktail

Make a refreshing Bay Breeze Cocktail with just three simple ingredients! If you love pineapple and cranberry, then you will love this easy tropical drink.

Bay Breeze Cocktail

We’ve almost made it to the weekend, friends, and that deserves a cocktail! The Bay Breeze is one easy tropical cocktail that will have you thinking you’re in the islands.

The good news is that you can make it year-round! If you love cranberry and pineapple, this Bay Breeze drink is going to be your new go-to tropical cocktail.

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 recipe 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 drink feels like a tropical “twist” on the Sea Breeze.

Bay Breeze Drink

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

  • Vodka
  • 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
  • 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 drink at that point, but it will definitely taste delicious.

How to Make a Malibu Bay Breeze

If you want to use rum to make your Bay Breeze, might I suggest coconut rum – like Malibu rum – if you go the rum route, it’s delicious! I like to call it a “Malibu Bay Breeze.” For the official Bay Breeze, however, use vodka!

Bay Breeze Recipe

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!

tropical bay breeze drink cocktail
Party Cocktails

If you’re making more than 1 Bay Breeze drink, 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 Bay Breeze “pitcher drink” for a small gathering!

Bay Breeze Drink

Bay Breeze Cocktail

A refreshing, tropical Bay Breeze cocktail is perfect for parties or a simple summer cocktail! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 172 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 lime wedge (for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Combine cranberry juice, vodka, and pineapple juice. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge. 

Notes

You can also garnish your Bay Breeze with mint sprigs or pineapple wedges! 

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 19gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 139mgSugar: 16gVitamin C: 18.8mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword cocktail
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If you want to impress your friends the next time you’re making a signature drink for a party or gathering or you’re looking for drinks with vodka, then a Bay Breeze is the drink to make! It’s so delish.

Making a Bay Breeze cocktail is truly as easy as it looks!

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13 Comments

  1. JP Braley says:

    Why yes! Super Cool cocktail serving slider… aren’t you crafty!? Love it – Thank you!

  2. These drinks look so refreshing! Can’t wait to make one.

  3. Such a gorgeous color! Definitely trying this.

  4. Rachael Yerkes says:

    Love how bright and tropical this cocktail is! I’m needing it in all this snow!

  5. This cocktail is my favorite! I make these for every special occasion.

  6. beautiful creation! i love the combo of cranberry and pineapple juice to balance the sweet and sour!

  7. Haven’t made yet by the slider option to increase quantity is brilliant!! Thanks.

  8. can you recommend a substitute for vodka to make it a “mocktail”?

    1. Rachel, you can simply leave out the vodka. It doesn’t need a substitute.

  9. C. Rigazzi says:

    There is absolutely nothing better than an ice cold Paul Joseph on a summer day. I prefer to go a little heavier on the pineapple juice but you can make them either way. Great recipe.

  10. Thank you for sharing this with your readers! This is truly a delicious, crowd pleasing cocktail … perfect for our hot summer days in AZ! I choose the coconut rum option because … well … RUM! hehehe And, I often serve from a fun dispenser similar to the one you’ve suggested! To make it ‘go further’ and to be able to drink a huge glass or two while at a party (and still know your name) I ‘dilute’ it with a sugar free soda like Sprite or ginger ale or even just club soda. It does lighten the color a bit. But, it’s just as refreshing and tasty!

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