The Madras cocktail is a vodka and cranberry juice drink, similar to the Cape Codder (cranberry juice and vodka) and a Sea Breeze (cranberry juice, vodka and grapefruit juice). It’s sometimes called a “mattress drink”, which is a mispronunciation of “Madras”. It’s easy to make and to drink because of its rich texture and the balance between the sweet and sour flavors. It is a little sour because of all of the citrusy flavor, but the sweet balances it out so well that you likely won’t notice it much. The result is a refreshing, crisp drink with a delightful pink color.
The Madras originated some time around the 1950’s. This is because the Cranberry Grower’s Cooperative turned into Ocean Spray during that time. Ocean Spray began heavily marketing cranberry juice and bartenders started creating cocktails that featured it, or revolved around it. This resulted in the Madras, the Cape Codder, the Sea Breeze, etc.
Fabric probably isn’t where your mind goes when you think about this drink, but it’s actually one of the only drinks to be named after a type of fabric. It gets its name from a specific fabric coloration. It’s color is similar to that of patchwork Indian cotton once the dye runs and fades. This was a much more common thing when plant-based dyes were used.
The Madras is a great drink for the Summer, but can be enjoyed any time of year. It can be enjoyed any time of day, as well. It’s mostly comprised of fruit juice, which has vitamins in it and means that it’s at least a little bit good for you. And, it’s pretty versatile. You could play with various flavored vodkas to change the flavor. Below are some of the best Madras cocktails out there today.
This drink is a classy cocktail, great for solo indulgence at the end of the day. It’s also a delicious drink that’s simple to create, which makes it a good choice for entertaining guests, as well.
This is an easy recipe that creates a single serving. It doesn’t require that you learn how to properly blend or build the ingredients. It is pretty heavy on the cranberry juice and light on the alcohol, so if you find that ratio not to your liking, you can always add more vodka and less cranberry juice.
This recipe takes the citrusy theme of the classic Madras and adds to it. The result is crisp, refreshing and a pleasant way to hydrate on a hot day. The pink coloration and the garnish of edible flowers would make it an attractive, fun drink to serve at Springtime parties, as well.
This is a great recipe choice for anyone who is a fan of frozen drinks. It’s probably the best choice on this list to serve at outdoor parties or barbeques in the hot Summer sun. Not only does the ice cool it down, the fruit juice lends some nutrients to hydrate. It’s an all-around fun and fruity drink.
This isn’t exactly what one would call an authentic Madras because it doesn’t have any vodka in it. However, it does have all of the cranberry-orange flavors that one expects to find in a Madras, with the addition of some mango. It’s easy to make, and a fantastically fruity, bubbly drink that’s perfect for Summer.
This recipe is a good option if you aren’t fond of vodka because it uses white rum, instead. It changes the taste a bit, but not so much as to completely change the entire theme of the drink.
The Madras is a classic drink that’s sure to be your new favorite. It’s a simple recipe that’s easy to remember, and to create. And it’s fruity flavor and pink color are great for the upcoming warm-weather months, so it’s a nice addition to any outdoor party or get-together.