Bay Breeze Cocktail: A Taste of the Tropics!

Ready for a cool, fruity drink to celebrate the weekend? Try this Bay Breeze vodka cocktail with pineapple and cranberry juice!

Bay Breeze Cocktail

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Bay Breeze Cocktail

Bay Breeze Cocktail

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Cranberry and pineapple juices come together to make a refreshing cocktail.

  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • seltzer water


  1. Fill a 12 oz. glass with ice, and add pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and vodka.
  2. Pour in seltzer almost to the top, and gently stir with a long-handled spoon. Serve immediately.


Make this a nonalcoholic mocktail by substituting lemonade for the vodka. I tried this, and it’s delicious!

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Category: Cocktail

This week I asked my Facebook buddies if they had any ingredient requests for today’s cocktail. One suggestion was ginger beer, but I didn’t have an idea to top the Gray and Foggy from a few weeks ago. Another idea was homemade pomegranate syrup. Lyuba at Will Cook for Smiles has a fantastic looking recipe for this that I could have used, but I was way too weary to make that this year this week.

Another suggestion was cranberry juice. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! I actually bought cranberry juice for cocktails a couple weeks ago in an attempt to make cranberry margaritas. Upon mixing, I realized they were a lot like cosmopolitans with tequila instead of vodka. That’s not a bad thing, but I didn’t like them as much as regular margaritas, so I decided not to share the recipe. This left me with cranberry juice ready for another Friday night.

Bay Breeze Cocktail

Pineapple juice sounded like a good partner for this orphaned cranberry juice, and vodka seemed like a natural addition. There you have it: A brilliant new cocktail. Except, oh wait. That already is a cocktail called a Bay Breeze. That’s what I get for doing research! Oftentimes, when I make up a recipe, I don’t look it up so I am blissfully ignorant on whether or not it has been done before. (Sometimes that backfires, like when I thought I was a genius for adding avocado to cookies, and my buddy Liz from Delizious Communications told me she had done that a year ago. Oops.)

So anyway, this drink might not be particularly original, but that’s OK. Classics are always welcome too! It has been hot in San Francisco lately, so a cool, tropical drink seems perfect. Even if it is colder where you are, aren’t cranberries good in winter? I declare this Bay Breeze cocktail perfect any time of year! Cheers!

You might want to check out these other fruity cocktails too!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


11 years ago

p.s. know who first added avocado to a cookie? Joanne Fluke, that’s who. She writes culinary mysteries and her protagonist, Hannah, owns a cookie shop. Recipes included in the books, of course. The avocado one was in Cinnamon Roll Murder. Seriously, though, there is nothing that has not been done before. We can only hope to add our twist ;-)

11 years ago

I read your post (did I forget to comment?), and I need to look into this culinary mystery business if I ever make time to read for pleasure. I’m sure Joanne Fluke wasn’t the first to try avocado cookies either. Like you said, I think it has all been done before!

11 years ago

I’m in–stay tuned! First must run to grocery store for fruit juice. Am not a fan of juice in general, but maybe if I combine two they’ll cancel each other out and I’ll be able to focus on the vodka. haha, it looks like a tasty drink and I need some bay breeze (spent 5 min this morning scraping ice off my car :-( ), so tonight’s the night.

11 years ago

I’m not usually a juice fan either, but I like it better with seltzer added. And booze. Let me know how you like it, and sorry it’s so icy cold where you are!

11 years ago

I have a huge grin on my face right now and I think it has something to do with the lovely Bay Breeze I am drinking. The wind may be howling outside (and it is), but I’m on a tropical island in my mind. Thanks for the impromptu getaway!

11 years ago

I’m so happy you liked it so much, Liz! For two people who don’t like juice, we sure did enjoy this one ;)

11 years ago

haha, so true! Raising my glass to you :-D

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