The Sea Breeze

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Ingredients

The Sea Breeze is a classic vodka cocktail that dates back to the 1950’s when vodka and cranberry juice first started gaining popularity in the U.S. It’s fruity, it’s pretty, it’s delicious, and it’s a staple recipe for new home-bartenders. Enough chit-chat, let’s get into it!

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes
  2. Add Absolut Vodka and Cranberry Juice
  3. Place the back of a spoon against the rim of your glass and carefully pour fresh pressed Grapefruit Juice on top so it layers nicely on top
  4. Garnish with a Lime Wheel and enjoy.

Hot tip: Some bartenders (read: Rico) will recommend shaking this cocktail instead of layering it. This way, you’ll get to fully enjoy all the ingredients combined into one instead of a strong Vodka Cranberry on the bottom and watered down grapefruit juice at the top. Additionally, by shaking the cocktail, you’ll incorporate some air into the drink which improves the mouthfeel and helps bring out more of those fresh juice flavors.

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The Sea Breeze’s Origin story:

The Sea Breeze is just one of those cocktails that never seems to go out of style. While it rose to fame in the 1950’s, its origins actually trace back to the 1920’s. That’s right! It’s actually a prohibition drink!

Originally, Sea Breezes were made with gin and grenadine, instead of cranberry juice, vodka and grapefruit juice. Since then, the recipe has gone through many iterations, but the recipe we know and love today wasn’t actually established as a bar staple until the 50’s. Since its inception, the Sea Breeze has inspired many other variations and classic cocktails such as the Cape Codder (aka Vodka Cranberry), Salty Dog and Greyhound.

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