Summer Cherry Sea Breeze

A Sea Breeze drink doesn’t have to be the traditional one. We like to mix it up a bit with seasonal fruit. A Sea Breeze Drink consists of cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and vodka. We switched it up with some available fresh fruit. We stuck with vodka, and squeezed our grapefruit fresh. We also squeezed in the juice of an orange. Lastly we muddled in a few Ranier cherries.

A star is born! Summer Cherry Sea Breeze! With fresh Ranier cherries only available for a short time, make this summer cherry sea breeze drink soon!

What you will need to make a SUMMER CHERRY SEA BREEZE DRINK:

If you plan to make up a large batch of these, you can use purchased grapefruit juice, and orange juice, or you can squeeze it fresh. You can use sweet northern cherries, if you can not find Ranier cherries. Your drink will just be a brighter pink if you use the northern cherries.

The cocktail skewers can be the throw away kind from a party supply store, if you are having over guests. This way they can toss them, and you won’t have to worry about losing any, or finding them jamming your garbage disposal. (I know this from doing this on more than one occasion).

If you are not a grapefruit fan, you can substitute orange juice, but add half a lemon to give it the tartness that you will need to complement the sweetness of the cherries and oranges.

Oh, and if you want some more inspo for Summer Cocktails check out Southern Livings article:

Infuse Fruit Into Your Favorite Summer Cocktails with These Bartender Secrets

Summer Sea Breeze drink in a crystal glass with 4 cherries as a garnish.

Summer Cherry Sea Breeze

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller


  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 8 Ranier cherries
  • 2 ounces vodka


  • Remove pits from 4 of the Ranier cherries, and place in a cocktail shaker. Muddle them with a muddler or a wooden spoon to bring out the juice and flavor.  Leaving stems and pits intact, pierce the other 4 cherries with a garnish skewer. Set aside for the cocktail.
  • Squeeze the grapefruit and orange, and then using a fine mesh strainer, strain into the cocktail shaker. Add the vodka. Add a few small cubes of ice, and then shake vigorously.
  • Place a large ice cube into an old fashion glass, and pour the cocktail, using a strainer over the top. Garnish with the cherries.
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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

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