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Entry from August 10, 2014
Bay Breeze (cocktail)

A “Bay Breeze” cocktail is comosed of vodka, cranberry juice and pineapple juice. “Bay Breeze” has been cited in print since at least 1985; the drink has also been called a “Hawaiian Sea Breeze” or “Hawaiian Seabreeze” (cited since at least 1987) and “Downeaster” (cited since at least 2005).
A “Bay Breeze” was served in a New York City bar on the night of August 26, 1986, when the infamous “preppie killing” took place.
Wikipedia: Bay Breeze
The Bay Breeze is a cocktail which has a Cape Codder as its base. This drink is also sometimes called a Downeaster or Hawaiian Sea Breeze. This cocktail is similar to the Sea Breeze, which is an IBA Official Cocktail with grapefruit juice instead of pineapple juice.
The following ingredients are based on the IBA measures for a Sea Breeze when issued in parts.
2 parts Vodka
5 parts cranberry juice
2 part pineapple juice
Lime wedge for garnish
Google Books
12 June 1985, The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), “Ten Ways to Beat the Summer Heat” by Susan Barbosa, pg. 1C, col. 2:
Juice drinks also summer favorites at Bennigan’s: Sea Breeze—cranberry and grapefruit juices with vodka. Bay Breeze—cranberry and pineapple juices with vodka. And Madrisse—orange and cranberry juices with vodka. These are even good without vodka.
5 November 1987, Aiken (SC) Standard, pg. 10, col. 4 ad:
1 oz Smirnoff
3 oz each of cranberry and pineapple juice, over ice
(Smirnoff vodka.—ed.)
Google Books
Blithe Spirits:
A Toast to the Cocktail

By Jill Spalding
Washington, DC: A. Rosenbaum Projects
Pg. 185:
America’s fascination with both cranberry juice and vodka has led to the invention of these three cool and refreshing cocktails. All three begin with a shot of vodka over ice in a collins glass.  For a Cape Codder, simply fill with cranberry juice. For a Sea Breeze, top with cranberry juice and a generous splash of grapefruit juice; for a Bay Breeze, it’s cranberry and pineapple juice, in the same proportions as in a Sea Breeze.
19 January 1988, Boston (MA) Herald, “Bar owner: Preppie patrons untouched by tragic slaying,” pg. 18, col. 4:
Shankin had earlier described how she and her chum had been drinking a combination of vodka and cranberry and pineapple juice called a Bay Breeze in Dorian’s the night Levin was killed.
(New York City’s Dorrian’s Red Hand Restaurant, once site involved in the “preppie killing” on August 26, 1986.—ed.)
People magazine
April 11, 1988 Vol. 29 No. 14
Did He Get Away With Murder?
By James S. Kunen
Robert Chambers Choked Jennifer Levin to Death, but Will Be Eligible for Parole in Five Years
At the Red Hand, a crowd of about 100 beautifully tanned “little men and women,” as Dorrian describes them, were in a giddy mood, reminiscing happily about their prep school years and eagerly discussing the college years to come. (Though the drinking age in New York is 21, phony IDs are widely used.) One of the bartenders that night was Geraldine Ferraro’s son, John Zaccaro Jr. Jennifer grabbed a Bay Breeze (vodka mixed with pineapple and cranberry juice) and made a beeline for Chambers.
Google Books
The Complete Bartender
By Robyn M. Feller
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Pg. 102:
Bay Breeze
1 1/2 oz. vodka
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 . Fill a highball glass with ice
2. Add vodka, pineapple juice and cranberry juice
3. Stir
4 September 1991, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), “For end of summer, go tropical” (Los Angeles Daily News), Food2, pg. 23, col. 1:
Bay Breeze
(From Trumps, West Hollywood)

1 part vodka
2 parts pineapple juice
2 parts cranberry juice
Crushed ice
Procedure: Mix together vodka, pineapple juice and cranberry juice; chill well.
Presentation: Pour into a Collins glass with crushed ice and serve.
Google Books
Bartending For Dummies
By Ray Foley
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
Pg. 131:
Bay Breeze
1 1⁄2 oz. Absolut Vodka
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Cranberry Juice Stir. Serve over ice.
Quite refreshing.
Google Books
Bartending 101:
The Basics of Mixology, 4th Edition

Edited by Ann Lai
New York, NY: St. Martin;s Press
Pg. 51:
Hawaiian Seabreeze
1 1/2 oz. vodka
equal amounts pineapple juice and cranberry juice to fill
This drink is delightfully easy to remember if referred toas a “Hawaiian Seabreeze,” as it merely substitutes a little touch of Hawaii (pineapple juice) forgrapefruit juice in a normal Seabreeze. Unfortunately, local conventions provide for ample possible confusion, as the drink sometimes goes undercover as a “Downeaster” or a “Bay Breeze.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, August 10, 2014 • Permalink

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