How do a bunch of businessmen sell their product? By creating a demand, of course. Following that philosophy, the Ocean Spray cranberry growers cooperative created a drink called Red Devil. Vodka. Martini. Lime. Whether the Red Devil is the direct ancestor of Cape Codder seems unclear.
What is crystal clear, however, is that Cape Codder is a delicious drink. The amount of alcohol can be modified to make it less inebriating. The cranberry juice hides the taste of cheap vodka. Lime juice adds a wonderful freshness.