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Mid Week Happy Hour | Madras

Updated: Apr 12

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When it comes to versatile cocktail bases, vodka reigns supreme. From classic mixes like the Cape Codder to the iconic Screwdriver, vodka serves as the perfect canvas for crafting refreshing libations. But what happens when you combine the tangy sweetness of cranberry juice with the zesty kick of orange and lime? Enter the Madras cocktail – a citrusy concoction that's as simple to make as it is delicious to sip.

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Exploring the Madras Cocktail

The Madras cocktail traces its origins back to 1945, when a group of cocktail enthusiasts decided to give the classic Cape Codder a citric twist. Legend has it that bartenders in the bustling city of New York City, seeking to create a refreshing alternative to the traditional vodka and cranberry mix, experimented with adding freshly squeezed orange juice to the mix. The result? A refreshingly simple yet undeniably satisfying drink that quickly gained popularity among patrons seeking a vibrant and flavorful libation.

Unravelling the Name

Despite its name, the Madras cocktail has no direct connection to the Indian city of the same name (now known as Chennai). Instead, it evokes the tropical vibes and vibrant flavors associated with its namesake. Much like its Indian counterpart, the Madras cocktail offers a tantalizing blend of sweet and tangy notes that transport drinkers to sun-drenched shores and exotic locales.

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Madras Cocktail Recipe

Ready to mix up your own batch of Madras cocktails?. 


  • 60ml Vodka

  • 60ml Cranberry Juice

  • 30ml Orange Juice

  • 2/3 cup of Ice

  • Lime slice for garnish


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a tall glass.

  2. Add ice.

  3. Garnish with lime


One of the best things about the Madras cocktail is its versatility. Feel free to get creative and customize your drink to suit your taste preferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Muddle some fresh mint leaves for a hint of herbal freshness.

  2. Add a splash of sugar syrup for a touch of sweetness.

  3. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice for an extra citrusy kick.

  4. Spice things up by rimming the glass with cinnamon sugar for a hint of warmth.

As you raise your glass to toast to the joys of summertime sipping, let the vibrant flavors of the Madras cocktail transport you to a tropical paradise. With its citrusy tang and refreshing allure, this simple yet satisfying drink is sure to become a staple in your cocktail repertoire. So why wait? Mix up a batch today and raise a toast to the art of cocktail crafting!

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