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The Cranhammer is the unofficial drink of the Casbah, a popular club and live music venue in San Diego, Calif. It is said to have been invented by one of the club's bartenders, Brian Johnson, in the 1990s.



  • 3 oz. mandarin vodka
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. sweet & sour mix

Pour ingredients into a pint glass half filled with ice. Add an orange wedge as garnish.

Revised Recipe

  • 2 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. sweet & sour mix

Pour vodka and juices into an ice-filled pint glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.


"Brian Johnson made up the Cranhammer and it's all these different fruit juices. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a lot of vodka.... We originally designed it for women, and now it's become a guy's drink. Just don't put in a little umbrella." - Bob Bennett, co-owner of the Casbah.

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