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Vodka Cranberry

Absolut Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lime

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Ingredients

How to make a Vodka Cranberry

Fill a Highball Glass with ice. Add Absolut Vodka and Cranberry Juice. Take a Lime wedge and give it a little squeeze over the top and drop in the glass. Enjoy!

Hot tip: Did you know that you can turn a vodka cranberry into a completely different drink by adding or swapping a few simple ingredients? For example, top it up with a splash of soda water and you’ll have a Rose Kennedy cocktail! The Vodka Cranberry is also the foundation for any type of Breeze, a cocktail family that gained popularity during the 70s with the most known one calling for Vodka, Cranberry and Grapefruit juice. Swap Grapefruit Juice for Pineapple and you’ll have yourself a Bay Breeze. Use Orange Juice instead of Grapefruit to make it Madras!

Story about Vodka Cranberry

Written by Michael Bergström

Just like the Moscow Mule, this simple “just add” cocktail came to life and gained popularity through persistent marketing. The combination of Vodka and Cranberry Juice can be traced back to as early as the 1940s when the leading producer of cranberry juice marketed their product by mixing it with vodka and controversially named it “The Red Devil”.

However, the classic cocktail recipe didn't gain traction until two decades later. It wasn't until the late 1960s, during the rise of Vodka, that the drink started to take off. Recognizing this trend, the juice producer made a second attempt with a new campaign and renamed the drink as the “Cape Codder”.

In the 1980s, a version of the Vodka Cranberry cocktail emerged in Sweden, using Absolut Kurant. It became so popular that people began to believe the vodka itself should be red, even though it's actually transparent. This misconception became so widespread, that customers started interrupting bartenders and specifically asking for the red vodka instead!

What is the name for Vodka and Cranberry?
The first name that comes to mind is a Cape Codder, but it was initially called the Red Devil. The name “Cape Codder” came from Cape Cod, a coastal town in Massachusetts that’s known for growing cranberries.

What defines a Vodka Cran?
A very uncomplicated mix of vodka and cranberry Juice with a wedge of lime over cubed ice in either a short Rocks glass or a highball. The exact ratio can be adjusted to personal preference, but a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio is always a good balance between vodka and juice. 

What glass should I use for a Vodka Cranberry?
You can basically use any type of glass for this drink, but most common would be to pour it over cubed ice in a highball or a shorter Rocks glass style. A Wine glass that often is a bit less thick can be very nice and enjoyable to drink from on a hot summer day with lots of ice. 

What garnish should I use for a Vodka Cranberry?
A wedge of lime would be the most common garnish but any citrus really goes – though the bright green color really gives a beautiful contrast to the deep red drink. 

What vodka goes well in a Vodka Cranberry?
Believe it or not but the Vodka Cranberry is a type of drink where you actually will feel nuances depending on what type of vodka you use, Wheat based, Rye based or maybe even a potato one will make a difference so find the one you like best! If you’re feeling experimental, you can try making it with a flavored vodka such as Absolut Grapefruit, Absolut Peach or Absolut Raspberri! Cranberry is one of those great mixers that works with almost any spirit! 

What You need:
Cubed Ice 
Good quality Vodka  
Cranberry juice
Lime 

Step By Step
• Fill a Highball glass with Ice Cubes 
• Add Vodka and Cranberry Juice 
• Grab a Lime Wedge and give it a squeeze over the top before dropping it in the glass.
• Give it a little stir and enjoy!

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