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Cape Codder

The Cape Codder, also known as the Cape Cod or simply the Cranberry Vodka, is a classic cocktail celebrated for its vibrant color and refreshing taste. Originating in the 1940s, this cocktail gained popularity in the coastal region of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where cranberries are plentiful. It's a delightful combination of tart cranberry juice and smooth vodka, perfect for any occasion.

The Cape Codder, also known as the Cape Cod or simply the Cranberry Vodka, is a classic cocktail celebrated for its vibrant color and refreshing taste. Originating in the 1940s, this cocktail gained popularity in the coastal region of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where cranberries are plentiful. It's a delightful combination of tart cranberry juice and smooth vodka, perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) vodka

  • 120 ml (4 oz) cranberry juice

  • Ice cubes

  • Jigger or measuring cup

  • Stirrer or cocktail spoon


Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of vodka into the glass.

  3. Add 120 ml (4 oz) of cranberry juice to the glass.

  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

  5. Optionally, garnish with a wedge of lime or a few fresh cranberries.


Flavor Profile:

The Cape Codder is characterized by its bold and tangy flavor, thanks to the tartness of cranberry juice. The vodka adds a smooth and slightly boozy undertone, creating a well-balanced and refreshing cocktail with a beautiful deep red hue.



Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:


  • Experiment with Cranberry Varieties: Try using different varieties of cranberry juice, such as sweetened, unsweetened, or cranberry blends, to adjust the sweetness level according to your taste preference. Personally, I find that a combination of unsweetened cranberry juice with a splash of cranberry cocktail juice provides the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.

  • Fresh vs. Bottled Lime Juice: While bottled lime juice is convenient, nothing beats the freshness of freshly squeezed lime juice. It adds a bright and zesty flavor that enhances the overall taste of the cocktail. I always recommend using fresh lime juice whenever possible for the best results.

  • Chill Your Ingredients: For an extra refreshing Cape Codder, chill the vodka and cranberry juice in the refrigerator before making the cocktail. This ensures that your drink is ice-cold from the first sip to the last, perfect for hot summer days or cozy winter nights.

  • Personalize Your Garnish: Get creative with your garnish to add a personal touch to your Cape Codder. I love using a wedge of lime and a sprig of fresh mint for a pop of color and a hint of herbal aroma. It's a simple yet elegant garnish that elevates the presentation of the cocktail.

  • Quality Ingredients Matter: When making a Cape Codder, quality ingredients are key to achieving a delicious and satisfying drink. Choose a high-quality vodka with a smooth finish and a premium cranberry juice that is 100% natural with no added sugars or artificial flavors. Investing in quality ingredients ensures a superior cocktail experience every time.

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