Tampa Bay Breeze
Updated: Jan 16
In Honor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I created this tiki bar cart cocktail in honor of my newly adopted pro football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In January 2020 after attending 6 Bucs’ games live and having the best time, my husband and I decided to become official Krewe Members and invest in season tickets. Since we were unable to attend the games this year, we made each game a big party at home and watched the games on television.
So for each game, I make this adult beverage in celebration. The Tampa Bay Breeze is similar to a Sea Breeze which contains vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice. For a Sea Breeze, the cranberry and grapefruit ratio is customarily a 3:1 mix. I decided to try a 1:1 ratio of these two juices and really liked it. The Tampa Bay Breeze is a more sophisticated version of the Sea Breeze by adding a hint of a high end orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier.
I like to support local businesses and entrepreneurs and I can’t get any more local than Mermaid Vodka which is headquartered in my hometown of Sarasota. Founded by Carol Strickland, Mermaid Vodka is a smooth, quality vodka that is great for the Tampa Bay Breeze. Since I’m a mermaid at heart, this vodka is perfect for Seas-ing The Day.
This cocktail is very refreshing and easy to drink. Add as much sparkling water as you want to suit your taste. The Tampa Bay Breeze is a perfect adult beverage for tailgating or watching the game on TV. Let me know what you think.
Serving Size: 1 cocktail
2 ounces Mermaid Vodka
½ ounce Grand Marnier orange liqueur
1 ½ ounces Cranberry juice (unsweetened)
1 ½ ounces Grapefruit juice (unsweetened)
¼ ounce Simple syrup*
2 – 4 ounces Lime flavored soda water
Lime wedge garnish
Measure and pour in each ingredient into shaker.
If you are using sweetened juices then you can eliminate the simply syrup.
Fill shaker with ice.
Place lid on shaker and vigorously shake for about 15 seconds.
Strain liquid into highball glass filled with ice cubes.
Top with lime flavored soda water.
Garnish with lime wedge and paper straw.
Serve, enjoy, and cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!
-1 cup water + 1 cup sugar
-Heat water to near boiling and add in sugar. Stir to dissolve. Allow to cool before pouring into sealable container then refrigerate. I store the simple syrup into a used water bottle.