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Easy Bay Breeze Cocktail Recipe

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What does a bay’s breeze taste like ? Someone took the time to figure out the answer, and it’s pineapple, rum, and cranberry juice. You’re welcome. 

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Bay Breeze

What is Bay Breeze?

The Bay breeze is quite similar to the vodka cranberry (sometimes known as Cape Codder) but uses rum in place of vodka, and adds pineapple. It’s different enough to be considered its own cocktail, and as far as I know it originated in Hawaii. Like most cocktails, the name doesn’t mean much but definitely has a nice ring to it; you gotta like the way it sounds when you order it, right ?

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Bay Breeze Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A Hawaiian twist on the Cape Codder.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 oz light rum
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice


  • Build in ice-filled glass (rocks or highball)
  • Stir before serving.


The recipe for Bay Breeze alternates between light rum and vodka, depending on who makes it. Feel free to use vodka instead if you like.

When is this drink best ?

Bay Breeze works about the same as vodka cranberry – anytime, anywhere. The pineapple gives it a warm season vibe and you can easily imagine how it got its name. Close your eyes and think of a warm summer evening, on the beach, with a gentle bay breeze playing at your hair, and this drink in your hand. 

My thoughts on Bay Breeze

I found Bay Breeze a good sub for vodka cranberry, as I don’t particularly like vodka so I think the light rum is an amazing substitute. The cocktail’s on the lighter, more refreshing side. And it’s very easy to not notice how much you drink because it doesn’t have an overwhelming taste but the alcohol is very much there. 

I think a very well pigmented cranberry juice (unlike mine) would make for an even prettier cocktail. When you pour in the cranberry juice, don’t stir, and admire how the red bleeds into the yellow. It’s a really pretty drink, with the right colors. You still need to stir though.

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If you like Bay Breeze, you might also like…

Belladonna – rum-based, similar in taste, and equally easy to underestimate like the Bay Breeze

Cape Codder – the classic vodka-cranberry

Notes, substitutes, and tips

Some bars serve the Bay Breeze with vodka, and you can definitely do that too. The flavor will be a little different.

I think spiced or gold rum would also work well here, in place of white rum. 

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