The weekend may be over, but why does the fun have to end?! I’ve got one fruity, refreshing cocktail recipe for you (which happens to be one of my favorites)- the delectable Bay Breeze! This cocktail lives up to its island name. You can’t sip on this drink without letting loose, putting your feet up, and taking some time to appreciate life itself. Made with pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and vodka and garnished with a lime wedge and maraschino cherry, you’re going to love this island inspired cocktail.
Guess when I started drinking these? Yep, college. I learned about this drink for the first time while thumbing through a martini book as a waitress. I started making it for myself and friends. You’d think since I love it so much I’d order it when I’m out at restaurants and bars, but I don’t. A lot of bartenders have to ask what’s in it, so I’d rather use my recipe and make it at home. Plus, it gives me an excuse to purchase fresh fruit and juice. I mean just look at this stuff!
Have YOU ever tasted a Bay Breeze? I feel like a lot of people haven’t, and I want to change this! It’s often upstaged by the Sea Breeze (its close cousin) which is made with vodka, pineapple juice, and grape juice. I’ve never understood this. Don’t get me wrong, both cocktails are delicious, but I think cranberry juice with its tart flavor, mixed with sweet and sugary pineapple juice, make the Bay Breeze the superior cocktail.
- 1 & 1/2 parts vodka
- 2 parts pineapple juice
- 2 parts cranberry juice
- lime (optional)
- maraschino cherries (optional)
- Shake vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice in martini mixer. Pour in low-ball glass over ice. Serve with lime wedge and maraschino cherry (optional).