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Cape Cod Cocktail

A simple 3-ingredient cocktail that’s refreshingly tart, the Cape Cod is a classic blend of vodka, cranberry, and lime.

vodka cranberry cocktail with a lime wedge

The Cape Codder (Cape Cod Cocktail)

Also known as the “Cape Codder,” the Cape Cod is a common name for a vodka cranberry cocktail, with the addition of a lime wedge.

During my years as a bartender, this might have been the most requested drink! Well, it might be a toss-up between a vodka cranberry and a vodka soda.

The beauty of this drink is its simplicity: 2 simple ingredients and a lime wedge garnish. Any bar you go to should be able to make this drink, and it’s pretty much impossible to mess up!

The next time you’re ordering a drink and want a vodka cranberry, why not try ordering it by it’s “official” name?

PS- If you love vodka cranberry, try this Woo Woo shot recipe too!

Where Did The Name Cape Codder Come From?

Cranberries are native to North America, and over 1/3rd of the United States’ cranberry crops are produced in the state of Massachusetts. The name “Cape Cod” is a nod to the popular seaside destination in Massachusetts.

Credit to inventing the drink itself may be given to Ocean Spray cranberry growers, who in 1945 mixed vodka and cranberry juice and dubbed it the “Red Devil.” Sometime later, the name Cape Codder came into play and is now how the drink is widely known. (Source)

hand holding a Cape Cod cocktail, made with cranberry juice


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • lime wedge

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ingredients to make a Cape Cod cocktail, with text labels


  1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Pour in vodka.
  3. Top glass off with cranberry juice.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Prep Tips

  • To make sure you get all that lime flavor, squeeze the juice from the lime wedge and then drop the wedge into your drink.
  • This drink can be served in any type of glassware. If you like a stronger drink, use a shorter glass and less juice. If you like it fruitier, choose a tall glass and adjust the ratio of your recipe to use more juice.
top-down view of a cranberry juice cocktail

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between Cranberry Juice and Cranberry Juice Cocktail?

The main difference between cranberry juice and cranberry juice cocktail is how they are sweetened. Cranberry juice that is labeled 100% juice has no added sugars, but instead is sweetened by blending with other juices that are sweeter, such as apple juice.

By contrast, cranberry juice cocktail contains added sugar or corn syrup. It is usually much sweeter in taste.

Both will work in this recipe, so it is simply a matter of preference and how sweet you like your drink.

Does it Matter Which Vodka Is Used?

Nope! You’re welcome to use any brand or type of vodka for this recipe. It’s more about the ingredients that are combined (vodka and cranberry juice) than the actual vodka itself.

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Cape Cod Cocktail Recipe (Printable Copy)

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Cape Cod cocktail with vodka bottle and jug of cranberry juice in background

Cape Cod Cocktail

A simple 3-ingredient cocktail that's refreshingly tart, the Cape Cod is a classic blend of vodka, cranberry, and lime.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, lime, vodka
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Stacey
Cost: $10


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • lime wedge


  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
  • Pour in vodka.
  • Top with cranberry juice.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.


Recipe intended for readers 21+
Nutrition information is provided as an estimate only.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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