Madras – Classic Cranberry Orange Highball

Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael


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The clean sweet tart zing of cranberry is mellowed with a splash of orange juice in the classic highball the Madras.

Highballs are a great and simple drink to make – rarely more than 2 or 3 ingredients. Great for parties when you don’t want to spend your time tending bar. The Madras bright red color makes it especially festive for the holidays. Cranberry and orange go great together and are a classic pairing.

Madras Recipe

2 ounces vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
1 ounce orange juice
Garnish: lime wedge

In a highball glass half filled with ice add the vodka, cranberry juice cocktail, and orange juice.
Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Be sure to use cranberry juice cocktail, which is sweetened. Unsweetened cranberry juice is very, very tart and needs to be sweetened to be palatable.

Be sure to check out the Madras even simpler cousin – The Cape Cod and the grapefruit version – The Seabreeze.

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