vodka cranberry with limes in a glass with ice cubes
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How to Make a Vodka Cranberry

When it comes to mixed vodka drinks, cranberry juice is one of the most prominent combinations to mix into your cocktail. The sour taste of cranberry cancels out the vodkas’ sharp flavour and creates a tasty sugary drink. These are very common in bars as they are a popular drink and are very simple to make.

Here’s What You Are Going To Need:

  • Jigger or Shot Glass
  • Highball Glass (optional)
  • Ice Cubes
  • Lime
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Your preferred Vodka

How to Make a Vodka Cranberry Drink Recipe

vodka cranberry drink with ice on a wooden table garnished with lime

Vodka Cranberry

This simple, but delicious vodka mixed drink is perfect for any occasion. It's easy to make and tastes great!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol recipes, Cranberry Recipe, Drinks, vodka cranberry recipe, Vodka Drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 97kcal
Cost: 3.50


  • Jigger or Shot Glass
  • Highball Glass (optional)
  • Knife (to prepare the lime)


  • 1 Ounce Vodka
  • 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Wedge Lime
  • Ice Cubes


  • First, Fill your chilled high glass or another cup with ice cubes.
  • Then mix in your vodka and cranberry juice.
  • Finally, garnish with a wedged lime.
    vodka cranberry with limes in a glass with ice cubes



Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 11mg
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History of the Vodka Cranberry

This cocktail, also known as a cape codder or cape cod is a vodka-based drink infused with cranberry juice. Poured over ice cubes and then garnished with a lime. This drink originated in the eastern united states in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This location is famously known for growing cranberries and is a popular tourist destination.

When making the drink the proportions and vodka to juice ratio vary. Some places like a 1:4 vodka-to-juice ratio while others like 1:2 and 1:1.5. This cocktail is easily made to fit anyone’s preference whether you’re looking to make a strong or light drink. Find the ratio that best suits you! We prefer a 1:2 ratio as this is what our recipe calls for!

F.A.Q. and Recipe Notes

Is there a different type of liquor I can use?

There are different liquors you can use, but, it will give out a different taste which you may not enjoy. Other liquors you can use are; gin, white rum, or tequila.

The drink is too strong for my liking.

If the drink is too strong or too light for your preference, you can always add more or less alcohol or dilute with more mix or water.

Where can I get this?

You can buy the alcohol from your nearest liquor store, and the juice/lime from your nearest grocery store.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many milliliters you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of liters that you would like to make in total.

Other Ways To Make This Drink

This video shows how to make a vodka cranberry in a different way than we showed. This one uses tonic water and agave nectar along with the original ingredients giving it a unique flavour.

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