According to Dale DeGroff, the Ocean Spray company promoted its cranberry juice in the 50's and 60's in part by taking advantage of the rising popularity of vodka in the US. Its first concoction was the Harpoon. Don't know that name? That's okay, it was quickly renamed the Cape Codder (pronounced Cape Cahdah where I live now). Still doesn't ring a bell? That's not unusual. Here's the recipe: vodka and cranberry juice. Add a lime wedge. In the 60's and early 70's, this combination of some vodka and cranberry juice spawned a collection of variations: Greyhound (vodka and grapefruit juice); Salty Dog (Greyhound with a salted rim); Sea Breeze (vodka, cranberry and grapefruit); Bay Breeze (vodka, pineapple and cranberry); Shore Breeze (rum, cranberry and pineapple); and finally, the Madras (vodka, cranberry and orange). Cranberry juice flavored highballs were apparently the coming-of-age drink for those on the leading edge of the Baby Boom.
This creation is a play on the Cape Codder and the Sea Breeze. This one upgrades the ingredients and makes the grapefruit of the Sea Breeze a supporting player. It makes use of pure cranberry juice, rather than the usual cranberry juice cocktail which is a mix of cranberry and apple juices with other flavors.
2 oz vodka
2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice, such as Lakewood organic
1 oz simple syrup
3 dashes grapefruit bitters
Build the drink in a highball glass 2/3 filled with ice. Stir. No garnish