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Madras Cocktail Recipe

May 24, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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One of the most interesting trends recently in the alcohol world is to see how far vodka has come, compared to many other liquors. This might be attributed to the fact that vodka mixes so well with other juices, compared to acquired tastes like whiskeys, that may be avoided by more people during their nights out, who are trying to drink more over a long period of time.

It is this reason that the screwdriver has rose to prominence all over the world, especially the United States. This staple has many variations, and the Madras is one of them, and it refreshingly adds cranberry juice to the orange juice and vodka combination to make the drink even tastier. It is part of the “highball” family of drinks, which are growing more popular year by year.


  • 1 ½ ounces of vodka
  • 3 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce of orange juice
  • Ice


  1. Pour the vodka and cranberry juice into a highball glass, over ice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Float the orange juice on top.


  • Highball glass
  • Stirring spoon

One great thing about the Madras is that it doesn’t require much equipment at all, and doesn’t need to be shaken.  All it requires is vodka, a couple of juices, and ice! The most common garnish for the drink is the lime wedge, and, as always, fresh orange and cranberry juice is best for the drink.  There are some that might want to include soda or seltzer into the drink to spice things up, and fruit-infused vodka is always an option for those who want more fruit flavor. This is also one of the drinks that can be served as a punch for a large party, or for any gathering with a large amount of guests.  It should be noted that Madras was the former name of Chennai, which remains one of the most important cultural centers of South India. The drink is a great summer choice because of how fruity it is, and since vodka isn’t a heavy liquor at all.


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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