Make a Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail

by Jillian Leslie on

The festive season is upon us, and there’s no better way to celebrate with family and friends than with a delicious winter sea breeze holiday cocktail!

It is hands-down my favorite holiday cocktail and a great way to kick off the holidays, so take a look at our Cocktails and Cheers post for some inspiration and get planning!

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It’s so bright, bubbly, tangy, and crisp; the pomegranate seeds and sprig of mint give it a festive Christmas feel.

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Why You’ll Love This Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail

  • Festive flavor: the mint and citrusy grapefruit give this sea breeze cocktail a Christmassy feel.
  • Easy to make: you don’t need bartending experience to whip up this sparkling beauty. You’ll have it ready in a flash.
  • Versatile: you can amp up the sweetness by adding more tonic syrup. By the same token, dial up the vodka to make it extra punchy.
  • Low-cal: grapefruit and vodka are relatively low-cal, so you can sip away.

Ingredients and Supplies

Here are some details on the essential elements you’ll need to make this Christmas king of cocktails. I like to make mine in a lowball glass.

  • Vodka. Low-cal and relatively light in flavor, this is the perfect white spirit for this grown-up drink.
  • Grapefruit juice. I love the bitter twist this fruit juice delivers. Use store-bought juice or freshly squeezed grapefruits.
  • Tonic syrup. I love this gentle tonic syrup; ideal for this drink.
  • Soda water. Balances out the drink. Ensure it’s well-chilled.
  • Pomegranate seeds. Pretty pops of ruby color; you can use cranberries or raspberries if you can’t get hold of these.
  • Mint leaves. Spearmint or regular will both work well. Mint brightens the drink.

How To Make A Winter Sea Breeze Cocktail

This drink should take you but a few minutes. Perfect for a planned-out party or last-minute Christmas soiree. Here’s how to put yours together:

Step 1: Layer in the base ingredients

Firstly, fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is a perfect size.

Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup, and stir or shake.

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Step 2: Finish it off

Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

*Tonic is one of my favorite cocktail mixers, and I love that there are now artisanal tonic syrups.

Cheers to an effervescent holiday!!

Tips and Substitutions

  • I recommend using tonic syrup because it’s not too sweet and has a bit of flavor complexity. You can always substitute 1/4 cup of regular tonic for the soda water and syrup if you don’t have tonic syrup. I might add a bit extra grapefruit juice just to balance it out. You can always try a simple syrup if you don’t want to invest in tonic syrup.
  • Use cranberry juice instead of grapefruit if you like; it will deliver a beautifully balanced variation. Try lemon juice or pineapple juice as alternatives that will also taste great in your sea breeze cooler.
  • Use freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice for a brighter flavor than store-bought.
  • Try different vodkas. There are some lovely citrus-infused vodkas out there that would go well in this cocktail.
  • Be creative with your garnishes: how cute would these candy cane lollies or a pretty cinnamon stick look? Add in a lime wedge for extra green or a rosemary sprig.
  • Swing this around and serve it on a hot summer day: just exclude the Christmas flair in that case.

FAQs

What does a winter sea breeze cocktail taste like?

This cocktail has a lovely, grown-up flavor profile with sweet and bitter properties.

Can I make this in advance and in a big batch?

Yes, you can make this cocktail a few hours before. Scale the recipe up if you want to make a large batch, and be sure to keep it chilled.

Can I use different types of juice in my cocktail?

Yes, try orange or cranberry as alternatives to the grapefruit juice in this recipe. A squeeze of fresh lemon will work well too.

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A Delicious Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail

The festive season is here and there’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with a delicious winter sea breeze holiday cocktail! It’s so bright, bubbly, tangy, and crisp, plus the pomegranate seeds and spring of mint give it a festive Christmas feel. If you’re looking for a signature holiday cocktail, I recommend you try this!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: cocktail, drink
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 129kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size.
  • Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup* and stir.
  • Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.

Notes

I recommend using a syrup because it’s not too sweet and has a little more complexity of flavor.
If you don’t have tonic syrup, you can always substitute 1/4 cup regular tonic for the soda water and syrup. I might add a little extra grapefruit juice just to balance it out.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com
Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com
Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com
Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com
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    Rosie S wrote:

    Hi! I am excited about making this drink for a party tonight. Can you please clarify the amount of tonic syrup used? The recipe calls for half an ounce but it also says 2 tablespoons (which is a full ounce). Thanks so much!!

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    Wendy B wrote:

    Yes, is it 2 Tablespoons or or half an ounce of the tonic syrup? Also can you make this up a pitcher at a time?

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    Tonya A wrote:

    Jack Rudy tonic syrup is awesome. And for anyone else wondering, I'd use 1/2 and ounce of the syrup. Should be 1 TB.