Sea Breeze (cocktail)

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Sea Breeze
IBA Official Cocktail
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Sea Breeze
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

lime slice

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.
* Sea Breeze recipe at International Bartenders Association

A Sea Breeze is a cocktail containing vodka with cranberry juice and grapefruit juice.[1] The cocktail is usually consumed during summer months. The drink may be shaken in order to create a foamy surface.[1] It is considered an IBA Official Cocktail.[1]

The drink follows the classic cocktail principle of balancing strong (alcohol) with weak (fruit juice) and sweet and sour.[1][2]

A Bay Breeze, or a Hawaiian Sea Breeze, is similar to a Sea Breeze except for the substitution of pineapple juice for grapefruit juice.[2][3] It 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).[4]


The cocktail was born in the late 1920s, but the recipe was different from the one used today, as gin and grenadine were used in the original Sea Breeze.[5] This was near the end of the Prohibition era. In the 1930s, a Sea Breeze had gin, apricot brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice.[6] Later, a Sea Breeze recipe would contain vodka, dry vermouth, Galliano, and blue Curaçao.[6]

The cranberry grower's cooperative in the 1930s evolved into Ocean Spray which marketed cranberry juice in the 1950s.[4] Cranberry juice was used as a mixer with alcohol, first with gin and later with vodka.[4] The Harpoon, later called the Cape Codder, was born, and its descendants such as the Greyhound, the Salty Dog, the Bay Breeze, and the Sea Breeze were later created.[4] Starting in the 1960s, the breeze drinks were sporadically in the top ten most popular mixed drinks.[4]

According to some, the Sea Breeze, along with the Cape Codder and Bay Breeze, did not become very popular until the 1970s.[7] This was because in 1959, the U.S. Department of Health stated that cranberry crops were tainted with toxic herbicides, collapsing the cranberry industry.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the television series Angel, the character Lorne is strongly partial to Sea Breeze cocktails and insisted they be made correctly. In fact, the Lorne collectible figure is accessorized with a miniature glass of sea breeze.[8]
  • In Just Shoot Me!, Dennis Finch always ordered this drink. In one episode, "Pass the Salt," his father orders "Boilermaker, Boilermaker, Boilermaker" for his three sons, to which Finch interjects by ordering himself a "Sea Breeze".
  • In the 2005 film Red Eye, Jackson Rippner is choking Lisa Reisert against a wall and yells, "I think you're not such an honest person. Because I've been following you for eight weeks now, and I never once saw you order anything but a fucking Sea Breeze!", referring to earlier in the movie before they boarded the plane, where both were sitting together at a terminal restaurant and Jackson was trying to "guess" which drink Lisa would order. He guessed the "Grapefruit Sea Breeze", which Lisa then replied to Rippner by ordering a Bay Breeze from the bartender.
  • In the 1995 film French Kiss Meg Ryan's character Kate orders a Sea Breeze on the beach in Cannes while confronting her ex-fiancé and the new fiancée for whom he had left her.
  • In the 1992 film Scent of a Woman Al Pacino's character Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade corrects his nephew while he is quarreling with him by saying 'Vincent drank Sea Breezes' (instead of Bloody Marys).[9]
  • In the 2007 film The Walker, Woody Harrelson's character Carter Page III drinks Sea Breeze cocktails during his weekly Wednesday afternoon Canasta games with four women who are deeply connected with Washington, D.C. society and politics.
  • In Nick Swardson's 2009 stand-up special Seriously, Who Farted?, Nick jokes about dying due to alcohol poisoning from excessive Sea Breezes.
  • In Rules of Engagement, the episode "Jeff's New Friend", Adam drinks a Sea Breeze at a bar and later a virgin Sea Breeze at the diner.
  • In the fourth series of Arrested Development George-Michael orders a Sea Breeze at a bar, specifically asking for a "strong one."
  • In the "Victor Carl"-series of legal thrillers by William Lashner the protagonist Victor Carl frequently orders a Sea Breeze.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "Seabreeze - Cocktails - Flavour Essences". Still Spirits. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Eatoutzone. "Cocktails with Vodka". Retrieved 8 November 2007. 
  3. ^ Harvard Student Agencies (15 January 2000). The official Harvard Student Agencies bartending course. Macmillan. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-312-25286-1. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Dale DeGroff (28 October 2008). The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-307-40573-9. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Cocktail Idea. "Sea breeze cocktail recipe". Retrieved 8 November 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Salvatore Calabrese (28 April 2006). Classic Cocktails. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. pp. 158–. ISBN 978-1-4027-3910-1. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Cheryl Charming; Susan Bourgoin (2 June 2009). Knack Bartending Basics: More Than 400 Classic and Contemporary Cocktails for Any Occasion. Globe Pequot. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-59921-504-4. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Twitch. "Review of Sideshow Collectibles Lorne Figure". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  9. ^

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