Delicious Southern Breeze Recipe: A Taste of the South!

Dearest epicures of the culinary realm,

I humbly present to you a recipe that is sure to add a touch of southern charm to your summer festivities. It is none other than the Southern Breeze, a refreshing cocktail that captures the essence of the deep south.

Picture yourself lounging on your veranda, sipping on a cool drink while listening to the gentle breeze rustling through the magnolia trees. That is exactly what this cocktail delivers – a glimpse into the charming lifestyle of southern hospitality.

The inspiration for this cocktail comes from the traditional sweet tea recipes that have been passed down through generations in southern households. But, it has been elevated with a contemporary twist by adding cranberry and grapefruit juices along with ginger ale and vodka to create a balance of flavors that is both zesty and invigorating.

Whether it’s hosting an outdoor barbecue or relaxing on the beach, this cocktail is perfect for any occasion. With its bold yet smooth taste and versatility, it is sure to be an instant hit among all your guests.

So, let us raise our glasses together and cheers to good company, good times, and most importantly – good drinks!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Breeze
Southern Breeze

Dearest reader,

Please allow me to introduce you to the Southern Breeze cocktail recipe – a refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion.

First and foremost, this cocktail is a delightful twist on the classic sweet tea. It combines the sweetness of the drink we all know and love with the tangy flavors of cranberry and grapefruit juice.

But what truly sets this drink apart from its counterparts is the Southern Comfort whiskey. Its warm undertones provide a comforting essence, perfect for chilly winter nights or rainy summer afternoons.

The ingredients of ginger ale, sea breeze, and pineapple juice make an incredible combination that transports your taste buds on a journey under the warm sun of Hawaii.

Just looking at its drawing makes me want to pick up my glass and head to the beach! Plus, it’s easy to make with only three ingredients: vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice.

Whether you are unwinding after a long day at work or hosting a gathering with friends, this drink is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I cannot recommend it enough.

So go ahead and try making it yourself! You’ll thank me later.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Name]

Ingredient List

 Embrace the southern charm with every bite of this classic southern beverage.
Embrace the southern charm with every bite of this classic southern beverage.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this Southern Breeze Cocktail recipe:

For the Mocktail Version:

  • 5 oz. Sweet Tea
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz. Ginger Ale

For the Cocktail Version:

  • 1 ½ oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • A splash of Apricot Liqueur
  • A splash of Lemon Juice
  • Ice Cubes

The Difference Between a Bay Breeze, a Sea Breeze, and a Southern Breeze

You might have heard of a Bay Breeze cocktail, which is made with vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice; or a Sea Breeze cocktail, which is made with vodka, grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice. But what makes a Southern Breeze different from these two popular cocktails?

The main difference between the Bay Breeze, Sea Breeze and Southern Breeze is that for Southern Breeze we use Southern Comfort instead of plain Vodka to give it more depth and a warmer feel.

Also called “Sugar Whisky” Southern Comfort has an amazing flavor of red fruit and vanilla with its own hints of bourbon character that gives this recipe an incomparable flavor compared to its vodka-based siblings.

To make it easier to understand:
– The Bay Breeze uses pineapple juice
– The Sea Breeze uses grapefruit juice.
– The Southern Breeze uses both pineapple AND grapefruit juices WITH Southern Comfort

Happy mixing!

The Recipe How-To

 This sweet and tangy sip will take you on a journey down to the southern comfort zone.
This sweet and tangy sip will take you on a journey down to the southern comfort zone.

Preparing the Southern Breeze
Step 1: Make the Sweet Tea

  • Begin by brewing a 5 oz glass of sweet tea. I prefer to use tea bags, but you can also make your own unique blend of tea if you prefer.
  • Once ready, let it cool before transferring it to a pitcher.

Step 2: Mix the Juice and Alcohol

  • In a separate pitcher, mix together 1 cup of cranberry juice, 1 cup of grapefruit juice, and 2 oz (or more to taste) of your preferred alcohol, such as vodka or even a splash of Southern Comfort.
  • The best way to mix this is through experimentation – add more or less cranberry juice or vodka depending on how sweet or strong you want it to be.

Step 3: Combine the Tea and Juice

  • Slowly pour the juice mixture into the pitcher with the sweet tea, stirring gently to combine everything evenly.
  • Add some ice cubes to the pitcher to keep everything cold.

Serving the Southern Breeze
Step 1: Prepare Your Glasses

  • Before serving, prepare your glasses. Fill them with ice cubes and pour in about ½ oz of ginger ale for some added fizziness.

Step 2: To Serve

  • Pour the sweet southern breeze over the ice-filled glasses, adding a garnish that fits the occasion – lemon slices, blueberries or raspberries work great for a summer day at the beach.

And that’s it! This recipe makes about four servings so feel free to adjust accordingly. One last tip – this drink gets better with time as flavors meld together, so consider making it ahead of time for optimal taste.

Substitutions and Variations

 The vibrant colors of the cherry and lime make this a perfect summertime drink for any occasion.
The vibrant colors of the cherry and lime make this a perfect summertime drink for any occasion.

Dear reader,

Southern Breeze recipe is a classic drink with a unique taste that combines the sour taste of cranberry and grapefruit with the sweetness of Southern Comfort and sweet tea, all topped with ginger ale. While this recipe is already perfect in its own way, you can experiment with different substitutions and variations to make it your own.

Here are some suggestions:

– For a mocktail version, remove the alcohol and replace it with more sweet tea or cranberry juice. You can also add some blue raspberry or raspberry lemonade syrup for extra flavor.

– If you want a cold brew version, cool the brewed tea before mixing it with the other ingredients instead of adding ice cubes.

– For a stronger cocktail, replace ½ oz of the ginger ale with gin or vodka. You can also add 1 oz of Malibu rum for a tropical twist.

– If you don’t have Southern Comfort, you can use whiskey instead.

– Sweeten the drink to your preference by adjusting the sugar amount in the recipe. You can also try substituting agave syrup or honey for sugar.

– Try using apricot liqueur instead of Southern Comfort for a different fruit flavor.

– To make a Sea Breeze cocktail variation, which has a similar taste but different ingredients, replace the Southern Comfort with vodka and use grapefruit juice instead of sweet tea.

– Another variation is the Bay Breeze cocktail which substitutes the sweet tea with pineapple juice.

Experimenting with these substitutions and variations will give you many options to adapt this southern classic recipe to suit your taste preference. So grab your pitcher and start drawing your perfect Southern Breeze!

Serving and Pairing

 Filled with ice cubes, sweet cherry syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice, this beverage is a fast and easy thirst quencher.
Filled with ice cubes, sweet cherry syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice, this beverage is a fast and easy thirst quencher.

Now that you’ve made the perfect Southern Breeze, it’s time to think about what to pair it with. As a refreshing and sweet cocktail, the Southern Breeze pairs well with a variety of dishes and appetizers.

To start, consider serving this sweet tea-based cocktail with classic Southern dishes like fried chicken or shrimp and grits. The tartness of the cranberry and grapefruit juices can balance out the richness of these dishes with ease.

If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, serve up these cocktails alongside grilled vegetables, BBQ ribs, or pulled pork sandwiches. The Southern Breeze’s fruity flavors blend well with smoky and spicy flavors often found in barbecue cuisine.

Don’t forget to consider your guests’ personal preferences when planning your menu. Some may prefer lighter fare like a simple salad topped with grilled chicken or shrimp, while others may enjoy more savory options like cheese and charcuterie boards or deviled eggs.

When it comes to desserts, the Southern Breeze can be paired with a variety of sweet treats such as peach cobbler or strawberry shortcake. The sweetness of the cocktail will complement the sweetness of any dessert without overpowering it.

Overall, the Southern Breeze is a versatile cocktail that pairs well with many different dishes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your pairings and always remember to pair your dish accordingly as per your guests’ taste preference.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of sweet and sour will tempt your taste buds and keep you asking for more.
The perfect balance of sweet and sour will tempt your taste buds and keep you asking for more.

By preparing the Southern Breeze Recipe ahead of time, you will have more time to relax on a hot summer day or entertain guests. To make ahead of time, simply combine the ingredients and store them in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This ensures that all of the flavors have had time to blend together, creating a perfectly balanced cocktail.

When it comes to storing Southern Breeze, it’s important to keep it chilled. You can store any remaining cocktail in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If you’re making a large batch for a party or gathering, consider using a pitcher with a lid to keep it fresh throughout the night.

Reheating Southern Breeze is not recommended, as heat can dull the flavors and change the consistency of the cocktail. Instead, simply stir the mixture and serve over ice.

If you find yourself without access to ice or prefer your cocktail ice-cold without diluting it, consider making cold brews ahead of time using tea bags to replace plain water or mix-ins like freshly brewed tea, some sodas like ginger ale or fruit juices such as pineapple juice.

With these tips in mind, you can enjoy Southern Breezes year-round – whether it’s on beach days in summer or cozy evenings by the fire in winter.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The tingling sensation of carbonation is a delightful surprise on top of the fruity flavors.
The tingling sensation of carbonation is a delightful surprise on top of the fruity flavors.

To make this Southern Breeze recipe even better, here are some tips to ensure that your drink is nothing short of perfect.

First, don’t overdo it with the sweetener. The recipe calls for sugar, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. I recommend starting with less and adding more gradually until the drink reaches your preferred level of sweetness.

Second, use freshly squeezed juices whenever possible. This will give your drink a brighter and fresher taste that cannot be matched by store-bought juices. If you can’t find fresh fruit or juice, frozen or canned varieties can work too.

Third, make sure all of your ingredients are chilled or at least at room temperature before mixing them together. This will prevent the ice from melting too quickly and watering down the drink.

Fourth, consider using flavored tea bags to add an extra layer of flavor to your Southern Breeze. Sweet tea recipes serve as an excellent base for cocktails and give it an authentic southern taste.

Fifth, experiment with different garnishes such as sliced citrus or fresh herbs for added visual appeal and taste. Reel in some beach inspiration in a glass.

Finally, remember that presentation matters! Serve your Southern Breeze cocktail in a pretty glass or a fun tumbler with plenty of ice cubes for an eye-catching look that’s also refreshing.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a Southern Breeze cocktail like a pro every time!


As we come to the end of this southern-style cuisine recipe article, I am sure you are eager to try out the delicious Southern Breeze Recipe. However, before you begin cooking up a storm, let’s take a look at some commonly asked questions regarding this recipe that might be on your mind. With these FAQ’s answered, you will be all set to make a fantastic dish that is sure to impress your friends and family. So let’s get started!

What is Bahama Breeze made of?

Let me guide you on how to whip up a lip-smacking cocktail with a blend of tropical flavors that will transport you to the sunny beaches of the South. Start by blending a mesmerizing mix of dark rum, banana liqueur, apricot liqueur, coconut rum, grenadine, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and a few ice cubes. Keep blending until all the ingredients are well blended and the texture is smooth. Finally, pour the concoction over ice in glasses and relish the heavenly taste of this tropical delight.

What’s the difference between a bay breeze and a Sea Breeze?

The main contrast between a bay breeze and a sea breeze cocktail is the type of fruit juice utilized. The former blends cranberry juice with pineapple juice while the latter combines cranberry juice with grapefruit juice.

What is the best mix for Southern Comfort?

I have a list of various beverages that I believe could be incorporated into a delicious southern-style recipe. Some of the options are Coca Cola, ginger beer, orange juice, milk and ice cream, lemon-lime soda, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. By using this diverse range of drinks, I can create a unique and flavorful dish that will please even the pickiest of eaters. One recipe that stands out to me in particular is a Honolulu Cooler cocktail made with a combination of pineapple juice and Southern Comfort.

How do you make summer breeze?

Let’s shake things up with a sensational cocktail recipe featuring a juicy orange slice, a dash of orange liqueur, two ounces of bourbon whiskey, and two ounces of ginger ale.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Southern Breeze Recipe is the perfect drink to refresh you on a hot summer day or bring a little bit of the beach to any occasion. With its delicious blend of sweet tea, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and ginger ale, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy. There are also great variations with Southern Comfort, vodka cranberry juice, and even blue raspberry lemonade. Additionally, with the secret ingredient of apricot liqueur and 1 dried bay leaf in the recipe, your taste buds will be more than pleased.

Whether you want to serve it at a barbecue or beach party, or sip it in your backyard while enjoying some classics by Jane Austen or just relax during social distancing times at home, you can never go wrong with this Southern Breeze recipe. I hope that this recipe has inspired you to try some new twists on classic cocktail recipes and make them your own.

So go ahead and grab your pitcher and let the southern breeze take you wherever it may!

Southern Breeze

Southern Breeze Recipe

This is another from Southern Living. This is my kids favorite. I make up the ice cubes in advance and freeze them so I always have them on hand. Cook time is for the freeze time of the ice cubes.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 376.7 kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope unsweetened blue raspberry lemonade mix (kool-aid island twists ice blue raspberry lemonade)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (46 ounce) can unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled


  • Stir together first 4 ingredients in a 2 quart pitcher, pour evenly into 5 ice cube trays,a nd freeze at least 8 hours.
  • Combine pineapple juice and ginger ale, serve over raspberry ice cubes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 703gCalories: 376.7kcalCarbohydrates: 95.5gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.6gSodium: 31.2mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 87.6g
Keyword Beverages, Easy, Punch, Weeknight
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