Bay Breeze Cocktail (Hawaiian Sea Breeze)

Bay breeze cocktails are perfect for when you want something refreshing & tasty. The tropical flavors give the feeling of being on vacation.

Who doesn’t love a delicious and refreshing cocktail? The perfect cocktail can transport you to a tropical island, even on the dreariest days. This vodka, cranberry, and pineapple juice cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and tart and can be enjoyed any time of year.

Whether making these cocktails by the glass or by the pitcher to celebrate a special occasion, our Bay Breeze Cocktails (AKA Hawaiian Sea Breeze) are perfect for any occasion.

Making A Virgin Bay Breeze or Mocktail

To make these cocktails alcohol-free, instead of vodka, use lemonade or club soda to make the sparkling water version.

What Is A Bay Breeze Cocktail

a Bay Breeze covktail garnished with lime

Similar to a Sea Breeze, The Bay Breeze (Also known as a Hawaiian Sea Breeze) is a variation of the Cape Cooder Cocktail (Vodka, Cranberry juice, and simple syrup), but instead of using simple syrup, pineapple juice is added to offer a tropical fruity flavor.

Ingredient Notes

bottles of vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice with limes

Vodka: We recommend using good-quality vodka for this cocktail. To make it a bit lighter, you can also use citrus vodka.

Cranberry Juice: This recipe can use cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail. Just remember that pure cranberry juice is bitter while the cocktail is mixed with other juices to balance the bitterness.

Pineapple Juice: We like to use 100% pineapple juice for this cocktail as opposed to a pineapple juice cocktail which is often loaded with sugar.

Limes: Bay Breeze Cocktails are traditionally garnished with lime. This is optional. You can use any garnish you like.

Step By Step Instructions

By The Glass

Fill a cocktail or highball glass (or any 8oz/236ml glass) with ice and add 1.5 ounces of vodka.

adding vodka to a glass with ice

Followed by 3 oz of cranberry juice.

cranberry juice being poured into a glass with ice and vodka

And 1.5 ounces of pineapple juice.

Pineapple juice being poured into the cranberry and vodka mixture

Then give it a quick stir.

a cocktail stirrer mixing a bay breeze cocktail

Garnish the glass with a slice of lime for a tropical look.

a Bay Breeze Cocktail being garnished with lime

Making A Bay Breeze Cocktail Pitcher

Add 12oz (1.5 cups) of vodka, 32 oz (4 cups) of cranberry juice, and 12oz (1.5 cups) of pineapple juice to a 60oz pitcher and stir to combine.

a pitcher of Bay Breeze Cocktail

Serve over ice in the glass (not in the pitcher like I did because it looks better in photos).

two glasses of two bay breeze cocktail with a lime wedge on the glass

Erren’s Top Tips & Variations

  • For a sweeter flavor profile, use a cranberry juice cocktail as it’s mixed with additional juices to decrease bitterness.
  • If you enjoy a bit of bitterness, use pure cranberry juice.
  • Add ice to glasses instead of the jug to avoid watering the mixture when making your cocktails by the pitcher.
  • Make an alcohol-free version by replacing the vodka with club soda, lemonade, or seltzer water.
two glasses of two bay breeze cocktail with a lime wedge on the glass

Let’s Make
Bay Breeze Cocktail (Hawaiian Sea Breeze)

A Bay Breeze Cocktail (AKA Hawaiian Sea Breeze) with cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and vodka is the perfect refreshing drink for summer sipping.

Prep5 minutes

Total5 minutes

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By The Glass

  • Fill a highball glass (or 8oz/236ml) cocktail glass with ice.

  • Add the vodka, cranberry juice and pineapple juice and stir.

  • Garnish with a slice of lime.

By The Pitcher

  • Add the vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice to a 60oz/1.8-liter pitcher or jug.

  • Mix and serve over ice.

  • A pitcher makes 7 (8oz/236ml) glasses

Tips + Notes

Add ice to the glasses instead of your pitcher to avoid watering down your cocktails.
To make an alcohol-free version, replace the vodka with lemonade, club soda, or seltzer water.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 164 (8%)| Carbohydrates: 16g (5%)| Protein: 0.03g| Fat: 0.01g| Saturated Fat: 0.01g| Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g| Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g| Sodium: 3mg| Potassium: 81mg (2%)| Fiber: 0.04g| Sugar: 15g (17%)| Vitamin A: 10IU| Vitamin C: 47mg (57%)| Calcium: 6mg (1%)| Iron: 0.03mg

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