Sea Breeze Cocktail

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Everyone needs to have this Sea Breeze Cocktail recipe in their collection.  It’s a blend of juices and vodka, and it’s delicious!

two Sea Breeze Cocktails garnished with lime wedges

The notion of the Sea Breeze Cocktail was born in the 1920’s, though gin and grenadine were in the original Sea Breeze. It evolved over the years and eventually became a popular drink in the 70’s made with vodka and fruit juices.

A Bay Breeze, or a Hawaiian Sea Breeze, is similar to a Sea Breeze except for the substitution of pineapple juice for grapefruit juice. The Sea Breeze is also closely related to the Cape Codder (which lacks the grapefruit juice) and the Salty Dog (which lacks the cranberry juice and is made with a salted rim).

Sea Breeze Cocktail garnished with lime wedge

How to make a Sea Breeze Cocktail:

It’s an easy drink to make.  And it’s nothing fancy.  Fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes. Add 4-ounces of grapefruit juice, 2-ounces of cranberry juice and 1 1/2-ounces of vodka. Give it a stir, garnish with a lime, and serve.

Alternately, you can use a cocktail shaker- place the ice and other ingredients in the shaker. Shake, then strain into a glass and serve.

Close up of Sea Breeze Cocktail

How to choose good limes:

Look for green limes that smell limey. Give them a squeeze.  Good limes will have some give to them.  Hard limes are either not ripe yet or old.  Feel their weight.  Heavy-feeling limes for their size will be juicier.

Helpful conversions if you don’t have a measuring cup with ounces:

4-ounces is the same as 1/2 cup, so you’ll need 1/2 cup grapefruit juice.  2-ounces is the same as 1/4 cup, so you’ll need 1/4 cup cranberry juice.  1 1/2-ounces is the same as 3 tablespoons, so you’ll need 3 tablespoons of vodka.  Double or triple the recipe to make more or share with friends.

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Sea Breeze Cocktail

This Sea Breeze Cocktail is a refreshing beverage to enjoy in the summer months!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 176kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword sea breeze cocktail


  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • ounces vodka
  • lime wedge, for garnish


  • Fill an 8 ounce glass halfway with ice cubes. Add the grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and vodka. Give it a stir, garnish with a lime, and serve.


  • Alternately, you can use a cocktail shaker- place ice and ingredients in the shaker. Shake, then strain into a glass and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 227mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 35.8mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  • Elan Mayhew wrote:

    Making these for a girlfriends only (no kids!) weekend – can’t wait!

  • Ashley F wrote:

    So delicious! Perfect for summer!

  • Kristyn wrote:

    I bet this such a refreshing drink all summer long! It’s such a pretty color!

  • Sara Welch wrote:

    What a cool and refreshing cocktail with a kick! Looking forward to winding down with this tonight!

  • lauren kelly wrote:

    I want to sip on this all summer! I can’t wait for happy hour at my house!

  • Allyson Zea wrote:

    I love this cocktail!!!! Omg it’s so delicious!

  • SJ wrote:

    OMG, my favorite cocktail! Yum!