About this recipe
Although various drinks have borne the name Sea Breeze (or Seabreeze) over the years, the definitive Sea Breeze is the recipe that became a rite of passage for anyone growing up in late 60s or early 70s America.?Its origins lie with a clever marketing executive at Ocean Spray, Ed Gelsthorpe. When Gelsthorpe became CEO in 1963, the cranberry cooperative was struggling financially. So Gelsthorpe decided to innovate, firstly by releasing new mixed cranberry drinks, and secondly by marketing cranberry juice for use in cocktails.?Cranberry paired naturally with vodka, and one of the first drinks introduced was the Cape Codder, a blend of vodka and cranberry, today also known as the New Yorker.?The Sea Breeze rapidly followed, as did the Bay Breeze (vodka, cranberry and pineapple) and the Madras (vodka, cranberry and orange); the 1980’s favourite Sex on the Beach is a Madras with peach schnapps, while a Woo Woo is a Cape Codder with peach schnapps. When Ocean Spray exported its cranberry juice drinks to Europe, beginning in the early 1990s, the Breeze craze began: 1990’s London cocktail bars would offer Breezes based on everything from rum to absinthe, although these drinks have not stood the test of time. The clean taste of Smirnoff No. 21 pairs perfectly with the Sea Breeze and its siblings. For a twenty-first century Breeze, try the Cîroc Pink Breeze or Frosted Rose.