A Bay Breeze is a type of vodka cocktail that has many variations to its recipe. The standard way to prepare the drink is to serve 1 1/2 oz. of vodka with equal parts of pineapple and cranberry juice over ice in a club (meaning short) glass.
A Malibu Bay Breeze substitutes the Malibu brand of coconut rum for vodka. Another variation is to make the drink with 1 1/2 oz. of Malibu rum, fill the rest of the glass with pineapple juice and add a dash of cranberry juice.
Another drink variation is the Hypnotiq Breeze, which calls for 2 ozs. of white cranberry juice, 2 ozs. of pineapple juice, 3/4 oz. of vodka and 1 1/2 ozs. of Hypnotiq liqueur. It's served over ice with a lemon twist.
Lime wedges, orange wedges, maraschino cherries, lemon twists and cherry drink sticks are common garnishes for the drink.
A Bay Breeze can be drunk any time but it could be classified as a summer or tropical drink because of its fruit juice content.
How the drink is prepared significantly affects its calories: A Malibu Bay Breeze has 409 calories, whereas a vodka Bay Breeze has only 222 calories.
Depending on where you are buying it, this drink isn't too expensive since the vodka recipe doesn't require a name-brand liquor. Expect to pay $3 to $6 for one.