Cape Codder
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Cape Codder
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The Cape Codder cocktail, also known as the Cape Cod or Cranberry Vodka, is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that has become a classic in the world of mixology. This ... more The Cape Codder cocktail, also known as the Cape Cod or Cranberry Vodka, is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that has become a classic in the world of mixology. This simple yet delicious cocktail is said to have originated in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the 1940s and quickly gained popularity among locals and tourists alike. Its main ingredients include vodka, cranberry juice, and a touch of lime juice for a tangy kick. This combination of flavors creates a perfect balance of sweet and tart, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer a more subtle and non-alcoholic taste. The beautiful deep red color of the drink also adds to its visual appeal, making it a great choice for parties and gatherings. Whether sipping on a hot summer day or enjoying a cozy night in, the Cape Codder is a versatile cocktail that is sure to please any palate.
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Vodka
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15.19% | 2.4 units *
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Classic
Stirred

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Cape Codder is a symphony of simplicity, where the crispness of vodka meets the tangy zest of cranberry juice, enhanced by a dash of lime juice for that perfect tart finish. Its refreshing quality and balanced sweetness, paired with the invigorating citrus twist, make it an eternal favorite for those who appreciate a cocktail that's both delightful and straightforward.

Method
How to make a Cape Codder

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the vodka and cranberry juice into a highball glass with ice
Stir, then squeeze the fresh lime juice into the drink
Garnish with a lime wedge and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Cape Codder cocktail?

The Cape Codder cocktail traces its origins back to the 1940s in the United States. It gained popularity as vodka became more widely available in America and was promoted by Ocean Spray, a major producer of cranberry juice. Its name comes from the Cape Cod area in Massachusetts, which is known for its cranberry production.

FAQ

Why is it called a Cape Codder?

The cocktail is named after the Cape Cod region in Massachusetts, which is a major cranberry-producing area. The combination of cranberry juice and other ingredients celebrates the local produce and heritage of the area.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Cape Codder cocktail without lime juice?

Yes, you can make a Cape Codder without lime juice, although the lime juice adds a refreshing acidity that balances the sweetness of the cranberry juice. Without it, the cocktail might taste sweeter, but it's still enjoyable.

FAQ

What variations of the Cape Codder cocktail exist?

Several variations of the Cape Codder exist, each adding a twist to the original recipe. Popular ones include the Sea Breeze (which adds grapefruit juice), the Bay Breeze (which adds pineapple juice), and the Madras (which includes both orange juice and cranberry juice).

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the Cape Codder cocktail to lower the alcohol content?

To lower the alcohol content in a Cape Codder, you can reduce the amount of vodka and increase the cranberry juice or add a splash of soda water. This will maintain the volume of the drink while reducing its overall alcohol concentration.

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