The Cape Codder cocktail is a bar classic. The drink is a simple combination of vodka and cranberry juice. It is typically made with lime juice or a nice big lime wedge. I’ll walk you through the recipe below and share a little background on the classic cocktail.
Cape Codder Cocktail Origin
The Cape Codder is pretty popular in my area, since it is named after nearby Cape Cod. Cape Cod is famous for it’s cranberry bogs and is the location of the famous Ocean Spray Cranberry cooperative. Since cranberry juice is the primary ingredient in the cocktail the name makes sense.
The cocktail was originally developed by Ocean Spray and called the Red Devil, but has been going by it’s current title since the early 1960’s. Ocean Sp
How to Make the Cape Codder Cocktail
Here is a specific visual guide to making the Cape Codder drink. Most bartenders simply pour a shot over ice in a highball glass, top with cranberry, shake and drop a wedge of lime in the glass. This is a more specific cocktail recipe. If you make it a few times you will get a feel for the pour and can adjust to your personal taste.
Make sure you have everything to make the cocktail first, including fresh ice. Fill a highball glass with ice.
Pour 2 ounces of vodka over the ice.
Then add 4-5 ounces of cranberry juice cocktail.
Then a half ounce of fresh lime juice. If you prefer to squeeze it straight into the drink, a wedge about 1/4 of a small lime will make roughly this much juice. Then just drop the spent wedge into the cocktail if you like.
Shake or stir to mix and garnish with a lime circle or wedge.
Cocktails Similar to the Cape Codder
There are several spin off drinks from this classic cocktail. Many of them have become equally popular over the years. The Sea Breeze adds grapefruit juice and omits the lime. The Madras swaps orange juice for lime and the Bay Breeze features pineapple juice. These cocktails even have spin offs themselves now. The juice ratios vary on these cocktails, but they are all based off this cranberry and vodka drink. All are simple to make at home, just as this one is.
Other Popular cocktails
- 2 oz vodka
- 4 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- lime wedge garnish
- Fill highball glass with fresh ice.
- Add vodka, then cranberry juice.
- Add the lime juice or squeeze a large wedge of lime into the drink.
- Shake the drink with a mixing cup or stir and serve.