The Cape Cod Cocktail, that vodka and cranberry classic, gets a holiday makeover in this light and refreshing winter cocktail! What better way to use up that leftover cranberry sauce than to put it into a cocktail?
Combine the vodka, cranberry juice cocktail and cranberry sauce into a shaker tin. Squeeze the lime wedge and add to the tin. Add the bitters.
Add ice to the cocktail tin and shake for 30 - 45 seconds until the outside gets really cold. Taste and add simple syrup if needed and then re shake to mix. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the cranberries and rosemary sprig if desired.
Vodka - I like Snow Leopard for this drink but any good quality vodka will do nicely.
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice - this one is still the best.
Limes - Traditionally not part of the cocktail, but fresh lime juice adds freshness and plays really well with the cranberry juice. Bottled will do in a pinch, but fresh lime juice makes ALL the difference.
Leftover cranberry sauce - Optional. This was a game-changer in my opinion - the sauce deepens the cranberry flavor and adds body and silkiness to the drink. g the drink silkier mouthfeel.
Simple syrup -Optional - this cocktail is fairly dry. Depending upon how sweet your cranberry sauce is (and how sweet you like your cocktail) you can add about ¼ oz. of simple syrup.
Peychaud's bitters -Optional - although not an ingredient in a classic vodka and cranberry cocktail, the bitters add depth and enhance the other flavors.