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Cape Cod Cocktail: Vodka and Cranberry

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?
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 61kcal


  • 2 oz. vodka I like Snowleopard
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 Tablespoon cranberry sauce
  • 1 lime wedge
  • ½ oz. simple syrup optional
  • 2 dashes peychauds bitters


  • 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.


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 16g | Iron: 0.5mg