Island Breeze Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Island Breeze is a tropical cocktail that was born out of the Caribbean's love for fruity, refreshing drinks. It's a favorite among beach-goers, sun-lovers, and anyone who enjoys a taste of the tropics. The cocktail is a blend of pineapple, cranberry, and vodka, creating a sweet and tangy flavor that's perfect for hot summer days.

  • Origin: Caribbean
  • Ideal for: Beach parties, summer gatherings
  • Taste profile: Sweet, tangy, refreshing

How Island Breeze Tastes?

The Island Breeze is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors. The pineapple juice adds a tropical sweetness, while the cranberry juice brings a tart edge. The vodka provides a subtle kick, making this cocktail a refreshing, well-balanced drink.

Interesting facts about Island Breeze

  • The Island Breeze is often served in a highball glass, garnished with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.
  • Despite its tropical origins, the Island Breeze has become popular worldwide, especially in beach bars and resorts.
  • The Island Breeze is a variation of the Sea Breeze cocktail, which uses grapefruit juice instead of pineapple juice.


A few good options for Island Breeze are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka is the backbone of the Island Breeze, providing a clean, crisp alcohol base that allows the fruity flavors to shine. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to give the cocktail a kick without overpowering the other ingredients. If you skip it, well, you'd have a non-alcoholic fruit punch. For an alternative, try white rum for a Caribbean twist.

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Pineapple Juice

3 oz of pineapple juice adds a tropical sweetness and tang that makes you feel like you're sipping this drink right on the beach. Too much and it might as well be breakfast juice, too little and the balance is off. No pineapple juice? Mango juice could step in, bringing a different kind of sweetness.

Alex Green

Cranberry Juice

1 oz of cranberry juice gives the cocktail a tart edge and a beautiful color gradient that evokes a sunset. Without it, the drink loses complexity and visual appeal. Substitute with pomegranate juice for a similar tartness and a touch of sophistication.

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Recipe. How to make Island Breeze Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of vodka over the ice.
  3. Add 3 oz of pineapple juice.
  4. Top with 1 oz of cranberry juice.
  5. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
  6. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing drink.
  • Add a splash of lime juice for a tangy twist.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The light, fruity notes of an Island Breeze complement the smokiness of grilled fish or shrimp beautifully.
  • Chicken Satay: The sweetness of the pineapple juice pairs well with savory peanut sauce.
  • Tropical Salads: A salad with mango, papaya, or avocado will echo the cocktail's tropical vibe.
  • Light Pasta Dishes: Opt for pastas with cream or citrus-based sauces that won't overwhelm the cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, coconut water will continue the tropical theme.
  • Iced Tea: Choose a plain or lightly sweetened tea to balance the sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Island Breeze

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with rum for a more tropical flavor.
  • Pineapple Juice: Can be substituted with orange juice.
  • Cranberry Juice: Can be replaced with grapefruit juice to make a Sea Breeze cocktail.

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Coconut Island Breeze

  • Replace vodka with coconut rum.
  • Add a splash of coconut cream.

This twist brings a creamy, coconutty layer to the drink, making it even more tropical.

Spicy Breeze

  • Infuse the vodka with jalapeños beforehand.
  • Use a chili salt rim on the glass.

This spicy kick is for those who like a bit of heat with their sweet, delivering a true breeze of excitement.

Berry Breeze

  • Use berry-flavored vodka.
  • Add a handful of mixed berries to the shaker.

Berry vodka and fresh berries add a summer berry patch twist to the island flavors, perfect for berry lovers.

In case you forgot basics how to make Island Breeze

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Island Breeze

What does this cocktail pair well with?

The Island Breeze pairs wonderfully with a variety of tropical inspired dishes such as grilled fish, chicken tacos, or a fresh fruit salad.

Could I make this a non-alcoholic version?

Certainly! Simply omit the vodka and you'll have a refreshing tropical juice blend.

Can I make this cocktail in advance for a party?

Yes! You can mix the fruit juices in advance and then simply add the vodka when ready to serve.

What is the alcohol content in Island Breeze?

This drink has a relatively low alcohol content of about 14%, making it a lighter cocktail choice.

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