Madras Drink Recipe


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Madras Drink Recipe is a Vodka-based drink with a pungent and fruity taste.Another protagonist along with vodka is the cranberry juice, preferably unsweetened, which gives a beautiful ruby color to the drink. Finally, the orange juice that will give a touch of sweetness to the cocktail.

If you are looking for a refreshing drink with a fruity taste, the Madras Drink Recipe is what you need. Only three ingredients are needed! If you want you can use orange juice instead of juice if you don’t have fresh oranges, but it won’t have the same delicious flavor given by the natural sweetness of oranges.

The Madras Drink is very simple and quick to prepare, even nice to see, since by preparing it, you will create distinct layers of the various ingredients that will gradually blend. Precisely for this reason, the cocktail once prepared must not be mixed before being served. It is a basic drink, which is prepared directly in the glass, perfect for those who are just starting out and may not have tools like a shaker.

Madras Recipe

The Madras Drink Recipe

Madras is a variation of another very famous American cocktail, the Cape Cod or Cape Codder. Around 1974 the vodka company Smirnoff, with a public announcement, declared itself open to receiving ideas of new cocktails from consumers. And it is thanks to this initiative that the Madras recipe was born. However, its inventor is still unknown. Instead, the name was given by taking inspiration from a very colorful fabric produced in India in the city of Madras now called Chennai. This fabric is said to take inspiration in turn from the classic tartan tartan fabric.

The peak of popularity of the Madras Cocktail is in the 80s especially among the female audience, who found it pleasant given the use of juice and juice. It is a long drink and is suitable to be enjoyed at different times of the day.

The family of cocktails based on vodka and cranberry juice, developed from Cape Code but is really full of variations for all tastes, including some really famous, here are some:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Bay Breeze
  • Screwdriver (does not feature cranberry juice but is the link between the Cape Code and the Madras Cocktail)
  • Woo Woo
  • Yussupova

But now let’s see how to prepare a thirst-quenching Madras Drink recipe!

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Madras Drink Recipe

"Fresh and thirst-quenching, Madras is perfect to be enjoyed at any time of the day with its delicate fruity taste …"
Servings 1 portion
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • Tall Tumbler Glass
  • Stirrer
  • Straw


  • 50 ml Vodka Eristoff
  • 30 ml Orange Juice fresh
  • 85 ml Cranberry Juice unsweetened

Slice of Orange and a Bunch of Currants for Garnish


    • Prepare an orange slice and a bunch of currants.
    • Fill the glass with ice and pour the ingredients in the following order: orange juice, cranberry juice and vodka.
    • Decorate with the orange slice, and the bunch of currants. Add the stirrer without mixing it.


    You can also use a Rock or Highball glass to serve Madras.
    Always drink responsibly, don’t drink alcohol if you don’t have the legal drinking age.
    Chef: recipesjourney
    Calories: 170kcal
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Alcoholic Cocktail, Cold Drink
    Difficulty: Easy
    Typology: Every Hour, Long Drink, Refreshing, Vodka Base
    Blending Method: On the Rocks


    Serving: 170ml | Calories: 170kcal (9%) | Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g (14%)
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