Madras drink is a simple and delicious 3-ingredient drink made with vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice. It’s slightly tart, sweet, and very refreshing!
History of madras drink
Madras drink is a variation of a drink Cape Codder which is just vodka and cranberry juice. By adding orange juice to this drink you’ll get madras drink.
Why is it called a Madras drink?
The Madras Cocktail is believed to be named for the plaid cloth design which originated in the Bay of Bengal seaport formerly named Madras. This large coastal city on India’s southeastern shore is now known as Chennai.
Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to make the recipe. Scroll down for a printable recipe card with measurements and detailed instructions.
Here’s what you need to make this delicious drink:
- Vodka – is a great base for cocktails. It has a neutral taste and pairs well with other ingredients without overwhelming their flavor. You can buy cheap vodka for this drink, there are many other ingredients here that will mask all the flavor nuances of pricey vodka – you can use leftover vodka to make cosmopolitan cocktail, bay breeze drink, or sea breeze cocktail.
- Cranberry juice – use sweetened cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail for this recipe (cranberry juice sweetened with other fruit juices or with sugar). Do not use unsweetened 100% cranberry juice which would be too tart for this recipe. If this is what you have, you can just add simple syrup to the drink. Check out all my cocktail recipes with cranberry juice to see how you can use up the leftovers.
- Orange juice – it can be store-bought or freshly-squeezed.
Additionally, you will need ice cubes to chill your drink (I don’t like to add many because it just dilutes the drink).
Garnish: orange wedges or slices can be used as a garnish for this drink.
Proportions of the ingredients: this drink should have more cranberry juice than orange juice, otherwise it would be too sweet. Cranberry juice adds nice tartness to the drink and balances sweet orange juice.
Glass for madras cocktail
Traditionally a highball glass (such as Collins glass) is used for this cocktail but you can really use any kind of glass to make it! Preferably, it should be a tall glass but any short glass like an old-fashioned glass will also do.
When using a short glass, scale down the amounts of ingredients or your drink just won’t fit in the glass!
How to make this drink
STEP 1: Add a couple of ice cubes to a high glass. Measure out vodka and add to the glass.
STEP 2: Measure out orange juice and add to the glass.
STEP 3: Measure out cranberry juice and add to the glass. Stir to combine.
Decorate the glass with an orange wedge or slice (optional).
Scaling up the recipe: you can easily prepare this cocktail in a pitcher! Simply pour all the ingredients (scaling up each ingredient) into a pitcher filled with ice then stir to combine.
How strong is this cocktail?
This is not a strong cocktail. It contains a small amount of vodka and a lot of fruit juices so it’s rather weak than strong, but be careful – it’s so easy to drink that you can easily drink too much!
- sea breeze cocktail: it’s made with vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice
- bay breeze drink: vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice
More cranberry orange-flavored drinks:
- cranberry mimosa: it’s made with champagne, cranberry juice, and orange liqueur
- cranberry martini: delicious cranberry orange elegant cocktail
- cranberry orange sangria (Christmas sangria)
- cranberry orange mulled wine (a warm winter drink)
- cosmopolitan cocktail: it’s made with vodka, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and orange liqueur
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- 2 oz vodka 60ml
- 3 1/2 oz cranberry juice 105ml
- 1 1/2 oz orange juice 45ml
- ice cubes
- orange wedges or slices as garnish
- Measure out all the ingredients and add to a highball glass.
- Add ice cubes and stir to combine.
- Decorate the glass with an orange wedge or slice (optional).
- Cranberry juice – use cranberry juice cocktail (cranberry juice sweetened with sugar) or cranberry juice sweetened with other fruit juices for this recipe. Do not use unsweetened 100% cranberry juice which would be too tart for this recipe. If this is what you have, you can just add simple syrup to the drink.
- Calories = whole recipe (1 drink). This is only an estimate!