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.
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.
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!)
How to make a Sea Breeze cocktail:
Hooray! You can build this easy cocktail right in the glass.
- To start, fill a tall Collins-style glass with ice. Then add the vodka, then the grapefruit juice.
- 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.
- Garnish the Sea Breeze with a lime wedge, slice of grapefruit, or a couple frozen cranberries, if you have them.
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.
Sea Breeze Cocktail Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 6 ounces grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 lime wedge optional, to garnish
- 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.