The Madras drink is a simple juice and vodka cocktail. The refreshing drink is made with vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice and lime garnish.
A Madras Cocktail is a spin off of the classic Cape Codder, with the addition of a little orange juice. The drink is served over ice in a highball glass.
Madras Cocktail Origin and Siblings
As I mentioned above, the Madras is a spruced up version of the earlier Caper Codder. While still a somewhat popular drink, it is not ordered nearly as much as we did back in the 80's when it was pretty much a "go-to" drink, especially among the ladies.
It is rumored toe be named after Madras Plaid, and that was also the hey day of the preppy and they sure loved wearing plaid. As it is named after the fabric, the drink is also pronounced "Mad-ris".
Other popular early spin-offs of the Cape Codder include the Sea Breeze and the Bay Breeze Drink. Once peach schnapps hit the scene, it was added to the vodka cranberry line-up in the Woo Woo drink.
How to Make a Madras Drink
Making this cocktail is super easy. No fancy tricks here. Just vodka, two juices, some ice and lime.
Printable recipe card below to stash in your home bar.
Here's the ingredients to make the drink; vodka, cranberry and orange juices, and fresh cut lime.
Start with a highball glass with ice. Cubes or crushed are fine.
Add one and a half ounces of vodka.
Then one ounce of orange juice.
Fill to top with four ounces cranberry juice and stir.
Squeeze the juice from a wedge of fresh lime in and/or garnish with a lime wedge or slice.
More easy drinks you may like; Blue Lagoon Cocktail, Bourbon Iced Tea with Citrus, Greyhound Drink , or my Elderflower Martini. In the mood for a shot? Try my Buttery Nipple or Duck Fart Shots.
Madras Cocktail Recipe
- 1 ½ oz vodka
- 1 oz orange juice
- 4 oz cranberry juice
- lime wedge
- Put fresh ice in a highball glass.
- Pour in the vodka and juices. Mix well. Shaking really isn't necessary for this drink.
- Squeeze a wedge of lime over glass. Garnish with lime if you like.
P. Jones says
Hubby and I made these drinks yesterday. They were so good and easy.
Love the combo of cranberry, orange and vodka! Fantastic cocktail and so easy to make!
It's been summer-like already and these Madras cocktails hit the spot. So easy and delish!
Gina Matsoukas says
My kind of drink! Tasty!
This is the perfect drink for summer! So bright and refreshing. Yum!
Keith J says
These are great. Saving money having drinks in tonight.
We love this easy fruity drink. Great with anything on the menu for dinner.