It was invented in the 1985 or 86 by Cheryl Cook in South Beach Florida. The original recipe called for citron vodka, lime cordial and a whack of cranberry.

The recipe we know and love today was put together by Toby Cecchini, a bartender at the Odeon in Manhattan. He had this drink described to him by a customer, and mixed up citron vodka with fresh lime, cranberry and Cointreau. From there it spread, gaining most of its popularity while served with a flamed orange twist at the Rainbow Room by Dale DeGroff.

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  • Massenez cranberry liqueur
  • Lime
  • Cranberry juice

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