Sea Breeze Cocktail Recipe

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a Sea Breeze Cocktail… or two. This juicier take on a vodka cran is the official drink of flip-flop sandals, hammocks, and swimming pools everywhere.

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Seabreeze cocktail in three glasses on a silver serving tray with ice and sliced and whole limes.
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What is it about this perfect summer cocktail? Even the name “Sea Breeze” is refreshing, conjuring up tropical beach vacations. Served in a tall Collins-style glass, it’s tart, sweet —but not overly so— and irresistibly sippable. It sure goes down easy, which is exactly the way you want it in the summer.

An authentic Sea Breeze is only three ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice. Best of all, you can use any old vodka—this drink isn’t picky. And you don’t need fancy gear, or even a garnish, unless you really want one. (Ina likes to freeze lime wedges before adding them to the cocktail, which may be absolutely perfect. Thanks, Ina!)

Of course, you can make it a little stiffer if that’s what you want, or keep it on the mild side by serving it in a big glass with lots of ice. Either way, it’s one great classic cocktail, just begging to be put into your libation rotation.

Cheers, friends! Long live summer.

Mixing up a big batch of Sea Breezes? Just click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re serving—the recipe does the math for you and shows you how much you need of each ingredient.

Sea Breeze Ingredients:

An authentic Sea Breeze is only three ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice. Best of all, you can use any old vodka—this drink isn’t picky. And you don’t need fancy gear, or even a garnish, unless you really want one. (Ina likes to freeze lime wedges before adding them to the cocktail, which may be absolutely perfect. Thanks, Ina!)

Seabreeze ingredients in various bowls.

How to make a Sea Breeze cocktail:

Hooray! You can build this easy cocktail right in the glass.

  1. To start, fill a tall Collins-style glass with ice. Then add the vodka, then the grapefruit juice.
    Seabreeze ingredients being mixed together in a clear glass.
  2. Next, pour in the cranberry juice over everything. At this point, you can stir it all together, or admire the lovely little sunset you just made in the glass.
    Someone adding grenadine into a seabreeze in a clear glass.
  3. Garnish the Sea Breeze with a lime wedge, slice of grapefruit, or a couple frozen cranberries, if you have them.
    Seabreeze cocktail in three glasses on a silver serving tray with ice and sliced and whole limes.

Tips for making the best Vodka Sea Breeze:

  • Vodka, schmodka. This cocktail has so much juice in it that premium vodka isn’t required, I promise! Save that fancy bottle in the freezer for another use, and bring out the Seagram’s which is really good here.
  • Fresh squeezed juice. You can definitely squeeze your own grapefruit juice, but you certainly don’t have to. Just pick a tasty brand. Also, try freezing the grapefruit juice in an ice cube tray and using the frozen cubes in place of ice
  • Low sugar Sea Breeze. Some fans report making this drink with a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice instead of the cranberry cocktail. This may be extra-delicious alternative, especially if the grapefruit juice is on the sweeter side. Try it, and let me know how it went!
  • Sea Breeze with flavored vodka. Top shelf it with peach vodka, grapefruit vodka (Absolut grapefruit is amazing) or any fruity vodka that appeals to your tastebuds.
  • Shake it. If you like an icy cold cocktail, shake all the ingredients together with ice and pour over the ice-filled glass. This is also a great cocktail for parties, since you can prepare it ahead of time in a pitcher and pour it as guests arrive.

Love vodka drinks? Try these Sea Breeze variations:

If you like the Sea Breeze, you may also like…

  • November Sea Breeze. A Sea Breeze mocktail made exactly the way above, except without the vodka. It just might replace the New Mother Mocktail for my favorite juice-based nonalcoholic drink!
  • Cape Codder. The original name for vodka and cranberry juice! Who knew?
  • Vodka Greyhound. Vodka and grapefruit juice. (If you love grapefruit, try the Paloma Cocktail, made with tequila and grapefruit juice.)
  • Madras cocktail. Vodka with cranberry and orange juices.
  • Bay Breeze. aka Hawaiian Sea Breeze. Vodka with equal parts cranberry and pineapple juices.
  • Oceanbreeze. vodka with all the juices: cranberry, pineapple, and grapefruit.

Other cocktails inspired by the classic cocktail, Sea Breeze:

  • Malibu Sea Breeze. Like fruit punch. Coconut flavored Malibu rum, cranberry and pineapple juices.
  • Winter Sea Breeze. A Sea Breeze made with gin instead of vodka.
Three seabreeze cocktails in clear glasses on a silver tray with ice and limes.

Sea Breeze Cocktail Recipe

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a Sea Breeze Cocktail… or two. This juicier take on a vodka cran is the official drink of flip-flop sandals, hammocks, and swimming pools everywhere.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 lime wedge optional, to garnish

Instructions

  • Fill a tall glass (such as a Collins glass) with ice. Add vodka and grapefruit juice and stir to combine. Top with cranberry juice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal
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  1. Betsy

    Made this for a pool party last weekend. We all loved them and said it felt like we were on vacation, until the kids started arguing. :) So good. Will keep making this recipe only.5 stars

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