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Cape Codder

cape codder cocktail vodka cranberry

A colorful drink ideal for any occasion, the Cape Codder combines invigorating ingredients with simplicity. I’ve made a ton of drinks in my time as a bartender, but the Cape Codder truly stands out for its unforced charm and mouth watering flavor. This drink embodies summertime leisure with just a few ingredients. The Cape Codder offers a pleasant getaway, whether you’re throwing a party or just relaxing after a hard day.

Tasting Notes

The Cape Codder is a balanced blend of sour and sweet flavors. Cranberry juice and vodka, which combine to create a smooth and energizing balance, are the major flavors. The sharpness of the cranberry contrasts with the pure flavor of the vodka, and a squeeze of lime gives a vibrant touch. Drink after drink, it cleanses the palette and leaves a nice, fruity aftertaste.

Glassware and Equipment

The following basic bar tools are needed to prepare a Cape Codder:

  • A measurement jigger
  • A stirrer or bar spoon

A highball glass is customary for serving. Its tall design is ideal for a cool Cape Codder since it highlights the color of the drink and provides lots of space for ice.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounce of vodka
  • Cranberry juice, to taste
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Instructions

  1. Put a few cubes of ice in a highball glass.
  2. Pour the vodka over the ice.
  3. Add in the cranberry juice and stir to combine the ingredients. Since this drink is so simple, you can add cranberry juice pour by pour, tasting it as you mix. You can add just a hint of cranberry juice for color, or add enough to give your drink a kick.
  4. Squeeze the lime wedge into your drink, and then place it on the rim. You can also drop it into the glass to continually add flavor to your Cape Codder.
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Pro Tips

  • Squeeze the lime wedge into the cocktail before garnishing it for a stronger taste.
  • Use premium cranberry juice for optimal flavor. It has an impact!
  • To suit your taste, change the proportion of vodka to cranberry juice. For a bolder drink, use more vodka; for a lighter flavor, use more juice.

When to Serve

Being adaptable, the Cape Codder is perfect for any kind of gathering, be it summer barbecues or chilly winter nights. It’s a perennial favorite that works for any occasion or mood. It’s especially ideal for warm weather and outdoor gatherings because of its refreshing nature.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

A mid-range vodka is ideal for Cape Codder. Smirnoff, Absolut, and Tito’s are a few brands that provide a clear, smooth base without overpowering the vibrant flavor of the cranberry. Selecting a vodka that you like might have a subtle impact on the flavor of the drink.

Similar Cocktails

  • Cosmopolitan: A sophisticated blend of vodka, cranberry, lime juice, and triple sec.
  • Sea Breeze: A refreshing mix of vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice.
  • Bay Breeze: A sweet combination of vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice.
  • Madras: Vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice for a citrusy twist.
  • Woo Woo: A fun drink with vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice.

History

Although the Cape Codder dates back to the 1940s, its popularity grew in the 1960s when cranberry juice became a popular mixer. This drink, named for the Massachusetts Cape Cod area, which is well-known for its cranberry bogs, captures the essence of New England with its simple, unpretentious flavors.

cape codder cocktail vodka cranberry

Cape Codder

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounce of vodka
  • Cranberry juice, to taste
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Instructions

    1. Put a few cubes of ice in a highball glass.
    2. Pour the vodka over the ice.
    3. Add in the cranberry juice and stir to combine the ingredients. Since this drink is so simple, you can add cranberry juice pour by pour, tasting it as you mix. You can add just a hint of cranberry juice for color, or add enough to give your drink a kick.
    4. Squeeze the lime wedge into your drink and then place it on the rim. You can also drop it into the glass to continually add flavor to your Cape Codder.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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