Stir up some fun, and economically, too, for the New Year. In the frugal spirit of old Cape Cod living, the local red berry overwhelms any pretensions the vodka may have, so go for the cheap stuff. The red color is reliably deep and gorgeous. Cocktail mixing doesn't get any easier than the Cape Codder. I was introduced to the non-alcoholic version as a little girl living in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Trying to pick out which stirrer would make the drink taste better is the kind of decision that can occupy a child for quite some time. These stirrers, appropriately for a New Year's celebration, came with a glass holder in the shape of a stork.
The basic Cape Codder recipe is as follows:
2 ounces vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice
1/4 lime perched on the rim of the glass, to be squeezed
club soda to taste
The children's version substitutes ginger ale for the vodka and club soda.
Czechoslovakia - Glass cocktail stirrers, c.1920-1930, blown glass, Geffrye Museum, London.