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Island Breeze Cocktail

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A Maui Island Breeze is a cocktail that will make you dream of Hawaii! It’s made with vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry and is the perfect tropical summer drink recipe.

Plus, this Island Breeze Drink can be made as a single cocktail or a party punch for a crowd!


A Maui Island Breeze Cocktail - the perfect blend of vodka, pineapple, and cranberry! This easy drink can be made for one or as a party punch!

What is your favorite thing to do on a relaxing vacation? Sleep? Swim? Suntan?

My favorite thing to do on any vacation, especially a relaxing beach vacation, is to read. I can devour book after book while I sit on my lounge chair drinking cocktails. I read two whole books over the week we were in Hawaii. Mel and Jordan spent 8 hours IN the pool, I spent 8 hours next to it, parked in a lounge chair, reading books and drinking Island Breeze Cocktails.

Why can’t that kind of day be every day? #wishfulthinking

Since I’ve been devouring my books lately, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Most of them come from Kindle Unlimited (which I totally recommend, BTW, if you read a lot) and I’d recommend them all!

What are you reading? I need new ideas because I want to recreate my beach vacation in the backyard. Jordan can swim with Mel and I’ll read a book and drink Maui Island Breezes.

We’ll pretend that the sandblasting heat here in Sacramento is a trade wind off the coast of Maui…or something.

A Maui Island Breeze Cocktail - the perfect blend of vodka, pineapple, and cranberry! This easy drink can be made for one or as a party punch!

This cocktail was one of my favorites from vacation. I say “one of” because I had a lot. Too many! But I discovered something I didn’t know about myself: I love pineapple juice. Especially when it’s mixed with alcohol!

This cocktail is one of the ones on the menu at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club where we stayed. If I’d have been smart while we were there I would have gone to the grocery store and bought a bottle of vodka and some juice and had cocktails for days. Instead I spent $10 a pop on this drink.

Dare I say it was worth it? It was.

This is a vodka cocktail mixed with pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry. It has the perfect amount of sweet and tart flavor. It goes down like juice, which can be a bad thing in the hot midday sun. Or a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

Garnish it with a cherry and pineapple wedge (or even a slice of lime) and you’ve got a gorgeous cocktail for any party (of one). Or, make this as a punch for a party. That’s what I’m planning to do at our next pool party – I’m going to mix vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry with some diet soda to make a delicious punch.

(You could even leave out the vodka and let the adults add it themselves. The kids will love a Virgin Island Breeze!)

When you drink this cocktail I want you to think of warm weather, the beach, and a good book. That’s what I’ll be dreaming about!

An Island Breeze Cocktail is a fruity vodka drink made with pineapple and cranberry juice. It’s the perfect drink for one or to make as a party punch!

This Maui Island Breeze Cocktail recipe is the perfect blend of vodka, pineapple, and cranberry. It's also perfect as a party punch!

Well that and how fast I can make myself another one of these babies. 🙂

How to make the best ever vodka drink, an Island Breeze Cocktail:

  • I say 1-2 ounces vodka because it depends on how strong you want it. When in doubt add more vodka (or more juice).
  • Make it sparkling by adding some soda water.
  • When making a pitcher, taste test to make sure it’s not too strong or too weak for your guests.
  • I’ve also seen this called a Tropical Bay Breeze, which is what my friend Holly calls it.
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Servings: 1 or for a crowd

Maui Island Breeze Cocktail

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
I had this Island Breeze Cocktail in Maui and couldn't wait to recreate it. It's an easy drink recipe with pineapple, vodka, and cranberry. Turn it into a punch for a party!


To make one cocktail:

  • 1-2 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • Pineapple and a maraschino cherry for garnish — optional

To make as a punch:

  • 36 ounces pineapple juice
  • 12 ounces vodka — more or less depending on how strong you want it
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Up to 1L Sparkling water or diet lemon-lime soda as a filler


  1. Pour all ingredients over ice, stir, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 g) — Calories: 168, Sodium: 30mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Sugar: 24g, Protein: 1g

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  1. That sounds like the perfect, perfect vacation. Can I go to Hawaii today?
    I just finished Eight Hundred Grapes, which was a fun read! And another book by Lauren Graham, one of the Gilmore Girls. Both really light reading for summer!
    This cocktail looks fantastic. If I can’t have Hawaii, I can have this!

  2. This drink is totally taking me back to when I went to Maui for my honeymoon! Looks fantastic, Dorothy! I could totally go for this right now!

  3. I have the weekend off, which is like a mini vacation. I plan on doing a lot of lounging near the pool. I’ve only read “It Was Me All Along” from your book list, Dorothy, but I absolutely loved it. 🙂 This cocktail is the perfect way to unwind after a long week. 

  4. I love reading, flipping thru magazines, swimming and sipping on cocktails .  . I don’t lay out anymore. .  I spent way too much time in the sun in my younger days and am paying for it now.  . I loved It Was Me All Along . .  read that book in like 2 sittings. thanks for the book list! will check these out and I love this cocktail!!!! 

  5. I love the combo of pineapple and cranberry juice in a cocktail! It’s especially yummy with some rum – like Captain Morgan’s! Yum! 

  6. This looks so good, and I bet it would be delicious with rum too. We just got back from vacation and I’ve been fantasizing about a pineapple-y rum drink I had by the beach. 

  7. I have really needed some new suggestions because I am finished with my reading list for the summer already! I actually just started The Help for like the third time because I didn’t know what else to read! And I am so with you on the pool sitting-reading on vacation! Especially with a cocktail like this!

  8. Gah – now I want to go to Maui! Time to start planning my next vacay! 🙂

  9. How fun! I love just kicking back and relaxing over the summer 🙂

  10. I’m a part-time bartender, and this is a fun riff of the super popular Malibu baybreeze. It’s easily one of the tastiest fruity drinks to make. Since I hardly have Malibu on hand at home, this vodka version could definitely be my go-to for those poolside days!

  11. I have never tried pineapple juice with cranberry – sounds yummy!  Hey- I loved the book Special Circumstances, too; couldn’t put it down.  Sheldon Siegel was a friend of mine, until I moved out of state and we lost touch.  He’s a super nice guy.  I met him when I worked for him at a San Francisco law firm.  I’ve neglected so many old friends since I became a mom.

  12. I can see myself sipping on this drink on a sunny beach – it looks super yummy!! 🙂

  13. I’ll take a pitcher by the pool please 🙂

  14. I LOVE pineapple juice cocktails, too!!!  Add a splash of coconut milk and I might just camp out in the yard all day.  😉

  15. This looks and sounds fabulous. I think we are just about twinsies today indeed. Your vacation looked fabulous and surfing!?!?! WHAT? Crazy awesomeness.  I hope you saved a slice of that fabulous beach for me. We are headed there next year (as it turns out we are house hunting this year, LOL).  Great cocktail and I am jealous of your read time. I long for the ability to shut off my brain and dive into a book, I miss those days.

  16. What a perfect summer day drink!  I love pineapple juice too and add it to drinks all the time!  Now I just need some of your hot weather to hit IN, then grab a glass of this and a book and sit outside!!!

  17. This one looks right up my alley, Dorothy. I’m a huge fan of pineapple and pineapple juice (obvis). In fact, I recently got one of those coring tools where it cuts out spirals and leaves the pineapple intact – I drank the juice straight from the pineapple! Ha.

    And vacation, what’s that? 😆 But seriously all 3… sleep while sunbathing, wake up and have a swim and repeat! 😀 I’ll have to make this cocktail to sunbathe out on the garden with and pretend I’m on vaca! Vaca in England… *snort*

  18. My husband and I went to Hawaii a couple of years ago (best vaca ever!), and I did a lot of the same thing – sat by the pool, read, and drank yummy drinks! This one looks delicious, Dorothy, and takes me back to that wonderful break from reality! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. This is literally like my dream cocktail! Is it too early to make it right now? NEED!

  20. This looks like this might become my new favorite drink!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. This drink looks delicious! Totally making the punch this weekend 🙂

  22. All of these drinks look delicious, I’m not a big drinker, but I will be giving these a try. They’re perfect summer drinks.

  23. Close your eyes, take a sip of this drink, and you’ll feel like you’re on an island far far away from reality! 🙂 

  24. Cocktails are so overpriced in Hawaii, especially at resorts. This sounds delish and so much cheaper to make at home.

  25. You can buy those in any restaurant if you want to reminisce. Just order a Bay Breeze. They’ve been around for a long, long time. 🙂

  26. oo this looks delicious! Reminds me of being on my honeymoon on a cruise! Will have go to home and try this after a long day at work tonight! Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Can’t wait to try these! I might have to grab my book and just pretend I’m on a beach in Hawaii.

  28. Ooh La La…this is a must-have drink recipe for your next get together! All my friends loved it!

  29. Here are some Book Suggestions: The Light between oceans by M L Stedman and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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