Summer may be over, but nothing will bring the memories soaring back like a fruity summer drink. We present to you the Sea Breeze. If you’ve never tried it, it’s a lovely compromise between the sweet and sour, along with a splash of alcohol.
This is the perfect drink to take you back to those poolside days, and tropical getaways, and give your taste buds a fun kick.
This is one of the easiest drinks to prepare if the crew is coming over and you want something simple but quick and impressionable.
This drink is pretty much a combination of vodka, cranberry, and grapefruit juice. It can be served with a lemon wedge, or a strawberry to make it look more tropical and refreshing, and if you prefer a foamy drink, then it can be shaken in order to create that tasteful feeling, but we recommend following our recipe and trying it stirred.
There are many variations of this drink, such as a Bay Breeze or Hawaiian Sea Breeze in which the grapefruit juice would be substituted by pineapple juice. This drink also closely resembles a Cape Codder, which would be the same but without the grapefruit juice, and the Salted Dog, which lacks cranberry juice and is made with a salted rim.
A Brief History:
The Sea Breeze was born in the late 1920’s, near the end of the Prohibition Era. Though back then the recipe was quite different, it called for gin and grenadine. Back then, people were celebrating the fact that they were now able to drink as they wished.
Sea Breeze later evolved, within the 1930’s, into gin, apricot brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice. Because it was a bit more sour back then, it later changed into vodka, dry vermouth, Galliano, and blue Curacao. The Harpoon, which later became the Cape Codder, was born and from there the Greyhound, the Salty Dog, the Bay Breeze, and the Sea Breeze were all later developed from that original idea.
Though inventive, as it was, this drink did not become popular until the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s. This was partly due to the fact that in 1959 The U.S. Department of Health declared that cranberry crops were tainted with toxic herbicides, which cause the cranberry industry to collapse. Damn government.
Nowadays this drink is mostly preferred around Summer and Spring time, but if you want to be a rule breaker, then feel free to order it at any bar or prepare one for yourself at home. Its simple recipe and fun taste will make for a dazzling drink whether you’re celebrating an important an event, or just enjoying your weekend.
This drink is considered an IBA (International Bartenders Association) Official Cocktail for use in the annual World Cocktail Competition (WCC) in bartending.
Whether you’re more drawn to sweet and sour drinks during the summertime, you’re out on vacation, or just enjoying a happy hour with some friends, this is a drink that must be tasted at least once. The summer may have finished, but we can certainly still enjoy a refreshing fruity drink.
Let us know what you thought of the drink, or whether you enjoyed one of its siblings a bit more instead. Send us a picture if you tried it out at home, and don’t be afraid to be creative and put a little spin on it.
Thanks for reading, and as always…