Happy Hour City. Picture Credit: The Spruce

Happy Hour City. Picture Credit: The Spruce

Happy Hour City presents the Drink of the Week, the Madras.

This simple cocktail makes use of a vodka base while accompanied by cranberry juice and orange juice. Though this cocktail does feature more cranberry juice than any other ingredient, the bitterness is cut down by the sweetness from the orange juice.

The mixture of flavors create a fresh, light taste; making the Madras very easy to go down. This cocktail can be spruced up by switching out regular vodka with flavored vodkas if you're looking for some added character. Orange, tangerine, vanilla, cranberry, and pomegranate are just a few of the flavored vodkas that would pair well depending on what you're in the mood for.

A brief history:

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As for the history of the Madras, it is as mysterious as the dark side of the moon.

It is believed to be named after the plaid cloth design of the same name, possibly due to the colors of the ingredients that make up the cocktail and how they are commonly found in Madras fabric patterns.

As to when this drink was created or by who, it seems nobody knows. As for the Pink Vampire nickname, that's just what we call it given that it's a bit more than Cranberry and Vodka (a typical Vampire.)

No matter where the Madras was concocted, it is great cocktail for beginners or those who want something more on the refreshing side.


Random Fact:


Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America.

All in all the Madras is a great cocktail for any time of day and makes a great substitute for all the classic brunch cocktails.

Don't worry, we aren't trying to take your Mimosas away from you! We just recommend, if you are in the mood to shake things up, try out a Madras at your next boozy brunch. Don't be shy, drop a comment below as to how you make it! More OJ than Cranberry? Which flavored vodka would you pick?

Thanks for reading and as always...

Cheers from,

Happy Hour City