No photos…we all know what a vodka cranberry cocktail, or “Cape Codder” looks like! Hint – it’s red!
A little history behind what has become a “signature cocktail” lately for my husband and I during the recent “quarantine” events!
First off, both of us are beer lovers. However, since all the bars in our state (Michigan) are all closed – add that to us not being able to return our empty cans and bottles for a refund during all of this – we decided to rethink our “drinking strategy.” Generate less waste, etc.
And that is how the “Cape Grogger” was born!
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 ounces vodka (any kind fine, we use Burnett’s or Gordon’s, both of which are “above lighter fluid grade”
- Fill whatever drinking vessel ya got with cold water ALMOST to the top (we use plain chilled tap water)
- Top off with cranberry juice cocktail
- Chilled club soda
- Flavored vodka (lime, citrus or cherry would work)
- Ice cubes
- Squeeze of lime juice
- Teensy splash tart cherry juice
Warning – enough generous applications of vodka to the mouth will make you want to do a seance with Boris Yeltsin and boldly proclaim that you can drink him under the table! The ample infusions of water will help keep you hydrated, taking a light hand with the juice in each drink conserves your drinking supplies – and keeps the drinks from being too sweet (you are sweet enough already, after all) and cranberry juice has lots of health benefits (and vitamin C). If you can get your hands on tart cherry juice, it makes the drinks even better – and kicks up the health benefits even more. Also tart cherry juice is supposedly a sleep aid.
We’ll hopefully all get through this quarantine together…but nobody said we have to do it sober!!!