The Cape Cod drink is a classic cocktail made with a delicious mix of vodka and cranberry juice. It’s a simple drink recipe and it’s been a popular drink for decades.
It’s such a refreshing cocktail that it’s perfect for any occasion.
History of the Cape Cod Drink
The original drink name was actually called the Red Devil back in the 1940’s. It was created by Ocean Spray cranberry growers in an effort to sell more cranberry juice.
Since Red Devil didn’t have the best connotation for marketing, in the 1960’s the name was changed and subsequently marketed as the Cape Codder cocktail, since Cape Cod is where the majority of the cranberry bogs were located. This marketing ploy worked and helped bring cranberry juice into the mainstream.
The official name is Cape Codder, but over the years it’s simply been shortened to the Cape Cod cocktail. Even simpler, it’s often just called a Vodka Cranberry.
It’s a drink with many names, but it’s one of the easy vodka cocktails that most people love.
This delicious Cape Cod drink is perfect for summer! Here are the only ingredients you need:
ICE: To keep your Cape Cod drink refreshingly cool, of course!
VODKA: This is a 2 ingredient drink, so use a good vodka that is smooth without a harsh bite.
CRANBERRY JUICE: Use Cranberry Cocktail which is already sweetened just right. The 100% Cranberry Juice will be more tart as Cranberry Cocktail juice will add a little sweetness to the cocktail.
LIMES: Add a squeeze of lime juice to brighten up this drink and add a lime wedge for garnish.
How to Make a Cape Cod Drink
STEP 1: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
STEP 2: Add 1.5 – 2 ounces of vodka.
STEP 3: Fill the rest of your cocktail glass with cranberry juice (about 4 ounces) and stir.
STEP 4: Add a splash of lime juice and garnish with a lime wedge or a pretty lime wheel.
TIP: You can also make this simple cocktail in cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake until the outside is frosty and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
When to Serve a Cape Cod Drink
It’s a pretty red drink making it popular for Valentine’s Day and even Mother’s Day.
Since it’s a simple drink, it’s perfect for serving a crowd of friends for happy hour. You can simply double, triple or quadruple the recipe in a large pitcher and let guests serve themselves.
More Simple Cocktails
Enjoy this simple combination of vodka and cranberry juice for an occasion. Call it a Cape Cod drink or a Cape Codder, either way this vodka cranberry drink is refreshing and perfect for a summer cocktail or two.
- 1.5 - 2 ounces Vodka
- 4 ounces Cranberry Juice
- Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
- Add 1.5 - 2 ounces of vodka.
- Fill the rest of your cocktail glass with cranberry juice (about 4 ounces) and stir.
- Add a squeeze of lime juice and garnish with a lime wedge or lime wheel.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.