The beach bum

The Drink: Sea Breeze

Erase any preconceived notions you have about fruity cocktails. Fruity drinks are not just for girls, or those with undeveloped palates, and they are definitely not just for drinking out of cheap plastic cups at the beach.

The Sea Breeze, like its sister cocktails the Bay Breeze and Cape Cod, is an often overlooked drink. You’re thinking vodka, juice – been there, done that, like when I was sixteen. Well, I say you should give this super refreshing and deliciously tart cocktail another chance. The mixture of fresh citrus and happy color make it a perfect companion on a summer day, beach or no beach. And, the balance of fruit juice to vodka means that you won’t wipe you out after you’ve had just one. So, don’t feel bad about two. Okay, three.

The Occasion:

Whether you are seaside, poolside, lakeside, or yardside, pull out your white linen skirt, grab your straw hat, and infuse some color by slipping on a pair of super cute sandals like the ones below.

The Shoes: Sandals

Nothing says summer footware like sandals. And, there’s so much variety: T-straps, ankle-straps, gladiators, or slides. I picked up these pretty little things in black over at Now, I’m so regretting I didn’t get them in green. The patent-like sheen on the straps and the cork-like insole means a little comfort, but a lot of fancy.

The Ingredients/Recipe:

We all know that the fresher the ingredients, the better the taste. Consider buying fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, or juice them yourself.

  • Fill cocktail glass with ice
  • Mix 2 parts vodka, 3 parts cranberry juice, 2 parts grapefruit juice, and squeeze half a lime (my addition for extra tartness)
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or grapefruit slice

Here’s a bonus tip: add color and fun into your drink by using flavored ice cubes. The ones below are made with lemon and lime zest. All you do is zest citrus fruit (orange works too), add to your ice tray, add water and freeze.

Shoes & Cocktails wants to know: what’s your summer favorite? Shoes or cocktails. Make a comment below.

posted by Ms. S&C

6 responses to “The beach bum

  1. I could not agree with you more! The sea breeze is a classic and it is so refreshing in these hot summer months.

  2. I love those shoes. Is it wrong if we have the same shoes if we wear them on different days?

  3. shoesandcocktails

    We try to have something for everyone over here at S&C! So, if the lady that says she isn’t much of a shoe person (except if they are heel-less and comfortable) likes our sandals, we say go for it!

  4. Those sandals would look great with my favorite summer drink too – frozen mango margaritas. Ithaca’s Viva Taqueria has some of my favorites. But, in the absence of one of those fancy machines, a margarita over ice is just as nice.

  5. I love drinks in the summertime! Not much of a rum drinker myself, so this tart creation sounds divine.

    Another summertime cocktail my sister told me about is he Basil Gimlet. She had one at Mas in Charlotteville recently. According to Emily, the bartender told her it is made as follows. Fresh basil from the garden is a must for this one…

    Bruise basil
    Mix/muddle with Rangpur gin in a cocktail shaker with ice
    Add a good amount of fresh lime juice
    Throw in a splash of grapefruit juice
    Be sure to strain out basil before serving

  6. Rangpur gin is my new favorite. And I have lots of basil these days. I’m excited to try this one out.

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