How To Make A Vodka And Cranberry

How To Make A Vodka And Cranberry

Looking to create the perfect refreshing cocktail to uplift your spirits? Look no further than the classic Vodka and Cranberry. This simple yet delightful drink embodies the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and crisp flavors that will leave your taste buds yearning for more. In this article, we dive into the history of this iconic concoction, discuss the essential ingredients, and provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own Vodka and Cranberry cocktail. So, let's raise a toast to this timeless beverage and learn how to master its creation.

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A Brief History of Vodka and Cranberry

The Vodka and Cranberry, commonly known as the Cape Codder, dates back to the 1950s. While the origin of the name is unclear, the Cape Codder can likely trace its roots back to the Cape Cod region in Massachusetts. This area is home to numerous cranberry bogs, making the fruit a popular and ubiquitous local ingredient.

Choosing the Right Ingredients


The foundation of this cocktail is, of course, vodka. When it comes to choosing a vodka for your drink, quality counts. While the vodka's flavor might not be overly dominant in this concoction, a good-quality vodka will elevate the cocktail. Some popular brands we recommend include Grey Goose, Belvedere, and Absolut.

Cranberry Juice

Finding a quality cranberry juice can prove to be a little more challenging. Many store-bought brands are packed with added sugars and preservatives, detracting from the natural tartness of the cranberries. Ideally, reach for a 100% cranberry juice with no added sugar, as this will lend a more genuine and crisp flavor to your Vodka and Cranberry cocktail.

Fresh Limes

Finally, don't forget the limes! A squeeze of fresh lime adds acidity to your cocktail, balancing out the sweetness from the cranberry juice, and enhancing the overall flavor profile. Make sure to use fresh limes for the best results.

Basic Vodka and Cranberry Recipe

Now that we've got our ingredients sorted, let's jump into the step-by-step process of creating the perfect Vodka and Cranberry cocktail.

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour in 1.5 ounces (45 ml) of vodka.
  3. Top with 4 ounces (120 ml) of cranberry juice.
  4. Stir the mixture well to combine the ingredients and ensure proper dilution of the drink.
  5. Squeeze half a lime into the cocktail and drop the spent lime wedge into the glass.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel or additional wedge.
  7. Enjoy your refreshing Vodka and Cranberry cocktail!

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Variations on the Classic Vodka and Cranberry

While the traditional Vodka and Cranberry is always a crowd-pleaser, why not try some popular variations on this classic concoction?

The Sea Breeze: For a more summery twist on the Vodka and Cranberry, add grapefruit juice. In a glass with ice, combine 1.5 ounces of vodka, 3 ounces of cranberry juice, and 1.5 ounces of grapefruit juice. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy this beachy take on the classic.

Fruity Vodka and Cranberry: Muddle fresh raspberries and blueberries in the bottom of your glass before adding ice, vodka, and cranberry juice. Alternatively, consider adding pomegranate juice in place of, or in addition to, the cranberry juice for a more robust flavor.

In conclusion, the Vodka and Cranberry is a classic cocktail that never goes out of style. Simple, refreshing, and versatile, this timeless concoction is perfect for any occasion. Now that you have your recipe in hand, impress your friends by creating the perfect Vodka and Cranberry and enjoy it responsibly! Don't forget to explore our other guides on the Vodka Doctors blog for more inspiration, recipes, and insights into the world of vodka. Feel free to share this article with your fellow vodka enthusiasts, and let's all raise a glass to the Vodka and Cranberry - cheers!


About Ferdynand Scheuerman

Ferdynand is Vodka importer, exporter and specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Vodka industry. He knows the subtle in's & out's of Vodka. Spending most of his time discovering new brands, new blends and new cocktails.

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