Purple Rain Drink and All Drinks Purple


Table of Contents

    1. Violet Wonder
    2. Seasoned Purple Rain
    3. Frothy Purple Rain
    4. Alluring Lullaby
    5. Purple People Eater
    6. Purple Prince
    7. Caribbean Storm
    8. Victoria’s Empress Purple Rain Tonic
    9. Purple Potion
    10. Purple Gecko
    11. Blended Purple Rain
    12. Purple Rain Shot
    13. Energized Purple Rain
    14. Suze Purple Rain
    15. Campari Purple Rain
    16. Caribbean Purple Rain
    17. Raspberry Purple Rain
    18. Purple Glitter Cocktail
    19. Cranberry Purple Haze

The Guy and The Song (?) Who Inspired a Cocktail


The guy who rocked the world with his iconic purple outfits and equally iconic music and performances inspired this cocktail, the Purple Rain. Incidentally, it is the name of his 6th album and movie in which he starred as a character based on himself. 

Prince Rogers Nelson, more popularly known in the entertainment industry as Prince, was a multi-awarded singer and songwriter, selling more than 100 million records. He died in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication he took for his hip displacement. He did not undergo surgery to correct his condition because he cannot take blood transfusions due to his religious beliefs.

Purple Rain is a variation of the Long Island Iced Tea and another cocktail with almost the same ingredients as the current Purple Rain. The blue curacao and the grenadine give this cocktail its distinct purple color. When drizzled after the cocktail has been mixed with the blue curacao, the gradual sinking of the grenadine into the cocktail evokes the imagery of a strong rain. 

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories - 200.0 g
  • Calories from fat - 0.2 g 1% DV
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates - 25.4 g
  • Sugars - 22.3 g 89% DV
  • Sodium - 6.7 mg   0% DV

*Based on a 2,000-calorie daily allowance

Tools required to make the drink

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with lots of ice.
  2. Pour the ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until mixed.
  4. Serve over ice in a hurricane glass or any glass of choice.
  5. Squeeze fresh lime over the drink.

1. Violet Wonder

This light purple cocktail is made from the Marie Brizard Parfait Amour liqueur. The Parfait Amour is flavored with rose petals, violets, and other botanicals from Madagascar. It can be drunk on its own but paired with the citrus vodka, it is even better. 

Violet Wonder, variation for Purple Rain

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Marie Brizard Parfait Amour
  • 1 oz Ketel One Citroen Vodka
  • 1/2 fresh lemon, juiced

Steps to make

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a cocktail coupe
  3. Garnish with a lemon spiral.

2. Seasoned Purple Rain

Seasoned Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain

This Purple Rain recipe had been spiced with Worcestershire sauce, thankfully, there are no fishy or any off-flavors that may be associated with the seasoning. Mixed with Straw-ber-Rita, a canned sparkling margarita, and ginger ale, it has a low resulting ABV. It tastes really good and is very refreshing too. Perfect for summer drinks.

Ingredients: 

Steps to make

  1. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice up to three-quarters full.
  2. Add the blue curacao, vodka, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
  3. Add the Straw-ber-Rita and continue stirring. Leave enough space for the ginger ale.
  4. Top with ginger ale.

3. Frothy Purple Rain

Indulge in frothy goodness with this Purple Rain recipe that incorporated egg whites. It also veers from the classic Purple Rain recipe since the only ingredient it seems to keep is the lemon juice. The rest were fairly new but everything worked together perfectly. Dry shake vigorously to bring out enough froth.
Frothy Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Add ice into a glass to chill it.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake for 3 seconds.
  3. Add ice into the shaker and continue shaking to chill the cocktail. 
  4. Strain into a glass. Enjoy!

4. Alluring Lullaby

This cocktail is kind of a paradox. How can one possibly sleep with a lullaby that is alluring? Well, fortunately, it is not a true lullaby but a lovely and alluring cocktail made with Hpnotiq and Viniq, a shimmery purple liqueur.

Another intriguing liquor in this cocktail is the grape vodka. Vodka is usually made from potatoes or cereals but this one is made from overripe grapes but distilled and purified using a different method. However, it still retains the berry flavor of the grapes.

Alluring Lullaby, variation for Purple Rain

Ingredients

Step to make

  1. Add a few drops of Grenadine and Blue Curacao on some granulated sugar. Mix together until you achieve a beautiful purple sugar.
  2. Rim the goblet by dipping it into some corn syrup and then into the purple sugar. 
  3. Pour the Viniq, Hpnotiq, and grape vodka into a cocktail shaker.
  4. Add ice and shake well.
  5. Strain into the rimmed goblet.
  6. Top with a splash of Sprite.

5. Purple People Eater

Come to think of it, this one must be bigger than the ogre for it to be eating people. Kidding! I wonder how it got its name but it does not really veer far away from the Purple Rain cocktail, except that the lemonade was switched with cranberry juice. 

Purple People Eater, variation for Purple Rain

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Rim edge of the goblet with purple sugar. Set aside. 
  2. Fill a shaker with ice.
  3. Add the vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix, grenadine, and cranberry juice. Shake for 8 seconds to mix and chill.
  4. Add some ice into the rimmed glass and pour the cocktail into it.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

6. Purple Prince

This cocktail was made as a tribute to the death of Prince who died in 2016. Known for his love for all things purple, this intriguing drink personifies the icon who had touched more lives than he ever let known to the public. Just as this cocktail may taste different as the crushed pomegranate ice melts and lends a new taste to the cocktail. 
Purple Prince, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients:

Steps to make:

  1. Freeze one cup of pomegranate juice overnight.
  2. In a glass, add the gin, Hipnotiq, blue curacao, cranberry juice, and grenadine.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Crush the pomegranate ice. Add some regular ice cubes for contrast.
  5. Put the ice into the serving glass.
  6. Pour in the cocktail mix.
  7. Garnish with a few grape hyacinths and pomegranate seeds

7. Caribbean Storm

When the conditions are correct, simple rain can turn into a storm. Though there is nothing stormy in this cocktail, it sure cooked up a storm with the number of ingredients that this very innovative cocktail had called to mind. With a high ABV of the Everclear and the rums and blue curacao, this is a high ABV cocktail. Fortunately, this very large glass is mostly ice so you don’t have to worry about a cocktail coma after consuming this. 

Caribbean Storm, variation for Purple Rain

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz pineapple rum
  • ½ oz banana rum
  • ½ oz mango rum
  • 3 oz Calypso Triple Melon Lemonade
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • ½ oz Everclear
  • 2 oz Sprite
  • Orange slices
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberry slices

Steps to make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rums and the triple melon lemonade. Shake well.
  3. Pour this cocktail mix into a goblet. Add lots of ice. 
  4. In a separate glass, add the blue curacao, Everclear, and Sprite.
  5. Float over the cocktail by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  6. Top with the orange and strawberry slices and a few raspberries.

This serves two. 

8. Victoria’s Empress Purple Rain Tonic

Victoria’s Empress 1908 Gin is made with butterfly pea flowers and changes color when mixed with anything acidic. Mixed with the citrus tonic, it mixes well. 
Victoria’s Empress Purple Rain Tonic, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Victoria’s Empress 1908 Gin
  • Top with Tonica Tassoni
  • Rosemary sprigs

Steps to make

  1. Fill a whiskey glass with ice.
  2. Add the Victoria’s Empress 1908 Gin
  3. Add a few rosemary sprigs.
  4. Top with the Tonica Tassoni.

9. Purple Potion

Bring out the witch in you with the Purple Potion cocktail. Add some mystery and level of spookiness by using some dry ice to give a smoky, spooky feel to the cocktail. Do not drink while there is still some popping on the cocktail, the dry ice is not yet dissolved.
Purple Potion, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Rim a coupe glass with purple sugar.
  2. Add the blackberry liqueur and lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain into the coupe glass added with a few ice chunks.
  4. Top with club soda.
  5. Garnish with the skewered blackberries.
  6. Add a small chunk of dry ice. Let the popping bubbles and smoke settle before drinking.

10. Purple Gecko

Here’s another weirdly named purple cocktail that uses two kinds of curacao - orange and blue and switched vodka with tequila. Serve in a cactus-stemmed goblet for that authentic Mexican feel. 

Purple Gecko, variation for Purple Rain

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Rim with glass with lime juice and salt.
  2. Add the ingredients into a shaker.
  3. Add ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

11. Blended Purple Rain

Shaking is not enough so the creator of this cocktail blended. Blending adds more air into the cocktail for a lighter one. This is also sweeter with more grenadine added to it. It also makes this cocktail darker.
Blended Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Prepare a martini glass by rubbing a chunk of ice on the rim of the glass and dipping it into sugar.
  2. Add the vodka, lime juice, lemon soda, blue curacao and grenadine into a blender.
  3. Blend on low for 1 minute.
  4. Add ice into the prepared martini glass.
  5. Pour in the blended cocktail into the glass. Serve with a straw. 

12. Purple Rain Shot

Make a shot out of your basic Purple Rain Cocktail - just two ingredients so you don’t veer away from the original recipe. 
Purple Rain Shot, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

  • ½ oz Grey Goose vodka
  • ½ oz Bols Blue Curacao

Steps to make

  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Add the vodka and the blue curacao.
  • Shake well and strain into a shot glass

13. Energized Purple Rain

Get energized by using an energy drink as a mixer. With just 3 ingredients, this is one easy cocktail to make. 
Energized Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Pour the vodka and blue curacao into a highball glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Top with the energy drink.

14. Suze Purple Rain

Suze is a bitter French aperitif made with gentian roots. Gentian roots treat loss of appetite, bloating, diarrhea and heartburn, and fever. It can also be used to prevent muscle spasms and is effective in treating wounds. 

Suze is likened to the umami of drinks, the flavor that you can barely describe but what your palate craves. Mixed in a cocktail, it gives a slightly distinct bitterness that makes the cocktail a great choice for before-meal drinks.
Suze Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill a highball glass up to three-quarters with ice.
  2. Pour the simple syrup, lemon juice, Suze, and gin into a highball glass.
  3. Stir slowly.
  4. Top with sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with creme de cassis

15. Campari Purple Rain

Muddling fruits in your cocktail adds more flavor to it. By using Campari instead of the grenadine to add color and a different taste from the classic Purple Rain cocktail recipe. The berries add more flavor to it. 
Campari Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

  • 1 oz (30 ml) gin
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Campari
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) blackberry liqueur
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) almond syrup
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) pasteurized egg white
  • 3 blackberries
  • 3 blueberries

Steps to make

  1. Muddle blueberries, blackberries, and lemon juice in a shaker.
  2. Add the pasteurized egg white, almond syrup, blackberry liqueur, Campari, and the gin.
  3. Dry shake for a few seconds. Dry shaking is shaking the cocktail without ice. This allows for the formation of froth from the egg whites.
  4. Add ice and continue shaking.
  5. Double strain into a tiki mug

16. Caribbean Purple Rain

This is a recipe from a Caribbean hotel. It is made with lots of crushed ice so it remains cold, however, it can be a bit watered down if you leave it out for long.

Caribbean Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill a hurricane glass with lots of crushed ice.
  2. Add all the ingredients into the glass and give it a stir.
  3. Squeeze the lemon slice on top of the drink.

17. Raspberry Purple Rain

Grenadine is usually made with blackcurrant berries but this homemade raspberry grenadine makes it all the more special, giving it a somewhat different tint on the grenadine. The pomegranate juice, however, ties it together. 
Raspberry Purple Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients

For the raspberry grenadine

For the cocktail

Steps to make

Raspberry grenadine:

  1. Simmer the water in a medium sauce over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Muddle the raspberries to extract all the juice.
  3. Strain it using a cheesecloth to remove the seeds and skin.
  4. Pour the liquid into the saucepan, add the pomegranate juice.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the sugar and continue cooking until the liquid thickens.
  7. Let cool and set aside.

Assemble the cocktail:

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the soda water, in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Top with soda water.

18. Purple Glitter Cocktail

Edible glitter gives allure to a simple cocktail. This cocktail is pure white and without the raspberries dropped into it, it would look rather bland. 
Purple Glitter Rain, variation for Purple Rain
Ingredients:

Steps to make

  1. Mix the vodka, Bergamot, and club soda in a rocks glass.
  2. Add ice chunks.
  3. Skewer 3 raspberries and fill each hole with some purple glitter.
  4. Stir the skewered raspberries into the cocktail until the glitter is dissolved and colors the cocktail, resulting in a shimmery drink.

19. Cranberry Purple Haze

This is not a Purple Rain cocktail recipe but we decided to add this because of the purple color. It does not look as purple because it uses just cranberry juice. 

Cranberry Purple Haze, variation for Purple Rain

Ingredients:

Steps to make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka and black raspberry liqueur. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass.
  4. Top with cranberry juice. The more cranberry juice you add, the lighter purple it is.

Food That Pairs Well with Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is a Russian liquor and what better way to pair it than with Russian-inspired recipes? Try these beautiful recipes that your guests will surely crave for more. 

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Rolls


Cheesy, spicy flaked chicken wrapped in Pillsbury Crescent Rolls baked to perfection. 

Smoked Salmon Blinis


Cold-smoked salmon paired with Parmesan cream cheese and honey mustard cream cheese atop Russian pancakes (blini) makes a nice appetizer for vodka cocktails, including the Purple Rain cocktail. 

Salad Olivier


Traditional Russian salad that resembles potato salad, only it packs more vegetables and meat. This one, though, is made simpler with only eggs, potatoes, carrots, green peas, and cucumber and mixed with seasoned mayonnaise. 

Smoked Tenderloin



Tender smoked beef ribs seasoned lightly with just salt and pepper to let you enjoy the beef without masking its flavors with so many herbs and seasoning.

Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Sausage


This decadently delicious smoked sausage wrapped in thin bacon strips and cooked over a wood grill is a great choice to pair with vodka cocktails. Tender, caramelized bacon gives new heights to the smoked sausage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What does Purple Rain cocktail taste like?

Purple Rain cocktail is bold and fresh with a slight bitterness from the blue curacao, slightly sweet and sourness from the fruit juices. Most importantly, it is never a boring cocktail. 

How do you make TGI Purple Rain?

It is made of Havana Club 3-Year Old Rum, Blue Curacao, Stolichnaya Premium Vodka, Chambord, sweet & sour and grenadine syrup.

What is the Starbucks purple drink called?

The Pink Purple Drink is a layered drink. It is made with the combination of Pink Drink  (strawberry acai refresher with coconut milk) and passion iced tea with soy milk, vanilla syrup, and blackberries. The combination is a stunningly beautiful non-alcoholic drink.

What is the alternative to blue curacao and grenadine to make a purple cocktail?

The tea from the butterfly pea flower is a good alternative for purple cocktails as it reacts with the acid in the alcohol to create a beautiful purple color.

The Victoria’s Empress 1908 Gin is also a good alternative for purple cocktails. It is made from a mix of ginger, blood orange, cinnamon, and butterfly pea flower, and other botanicals. It also makes a nice gin tonic. 

Purple edible glitter is also a good alternative for a shimmery purple cocktail. 

Regular grape juice is also one obvious alternative or sparkling red grape juice.

What makes the Viniq Original shimmery?

Viniq Original is a shimmery purple flavor of Viniq and can be used to add a light purple color and pearlized sheen to the cocktail. Its shimmer comes from the mica powder used in baking and cosmetics.

The Song Behind the Cocktail

What to listen to the song bearing this cocktail’s name? You might want to enjoy it while sipping and enjoying your Purple Rain cocktail. 

Inspired Drinks

Check out this Cuban-inspired lavender whiskey sour cocktail for its exotic flavors and a taste of Cuban life. 

You can check another fascinating purple drink here.

The 2010s have seen so many life-changing events and what better way to celebrate it than creating cocktails for that eventful decade.

Another cocktail inspired by a song just as the Purple Rain cocktail is. Caribou Lou by Tech N9ne from the album Everready (The Religion) is the first platinum record after 18 years in the music industry in 2017. Caribou Lou was released in 2006. 

Conclusion

Whatever you decide for a cocktail, be sure to choose one that will reflect your personality and taste. Peer pressure can be hard when you’re in a bar. It never hurts to try a new one, though.


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