We all serve green cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day and pink and red cocktails for Valentine’s Day.
But there’s no holiday specifically for purple cocktails. And that’s a darn shame because they’re so pretty!
Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s no good time to enjoy them. On the contrary, it’s the opposite – it’s always a good time for a purple drink!
Purple cocktails can be anything you need them to be – fun, flirty, elegant, spooky, eerie, or just really, really tasty.
They’re bright and bold, and they always make good conversation starters.
Plus, there are a few holidays where you can make them work.
Halloween is an excellent time to break them out, and there are a few Halloween-themed options on this very list.
Both Easter and Mardi Gras are perfect times for purple, too!
Whatever the occasion, these 17 purple cocktails are sure to bring you lots of joy!
“It” may have been a “one-eyed, one-horned flyin’ purple people eater,” but the drink that was named after that ugly, terrifying monster is drop-dead gorgeous.
It’s a deep, sparkling purple, and the glittery purple sugar around the rim adds even more sass and glamor.
It takes only 5 minutes to make and has a sweet, sharply tart flavor that’s hard not to love.
This drink is simply a cosmo with a violet liqueur twist.
It features the same sweetly tart flavor as the original, but violet liqueur makes it a rich purple.
It takes only moments to make and requires five simple ingredients.
If Disney princesses met for brunch cocktails, this is the drink they’d have.
The edible star glitter and lilac pearl dust you’ll add to the top make its lovely purple hue even lovelier.
It almost looks magical.
The taste is very princess-worthy, as well.
The blue raspberry vodka and grenadine add a dry, fruity bitterness, but the strawberry lemonade base delivers most of the flavor.
As a result, it’s super sweet with just a hint of tartness to help balance out the sugar rush you’d otherwise get from drinking it.
If you’re less of a princess and more of a vengeful fairy, the Maleficent cocktail will be more your speed.
Depending on the brand of raspberry liqueur and food coloring you use, the actual color of this drink can range from vibrant blue to purple so deep it’s almost black.
The taste, though, doesn’t change.
It’s a fizzy, zesty drink that’s much more tart and tangy than it is sweet. Despite its lack of sweetness, it’s still 100% incredibly delicious.
Blue on top and purple at the bottom, this color-changing cocktail is always the center of attention at any party.
It tastes fantastic, pretty much exactly like a traditional Moscow mule, but its popularity comes entirely from its stunning, galaxy-like appearance.
6. Purple Rain
All you’ll need for this four-ingredient, 5-minute cocktail is citron Absolut vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda.
Its deep violet color is gorgeous, and the citrusy, berry-like flavor will have you coming back for more.
When it comes to the color purple, it seems like all the greats sang about it at one time or another.
I couldn’t add “Purple Rain” to the list without following it up with “Purple Haze.”
This 3-minute drink is exceptionally easy to make, and although I can’t be sure, I think it would’ve made Jimi Hendrix proud.
With grape schnapps, vodka, lemon-lime soda, grenadine, and sour mix, this drink is certainly on the tart side, bordering right on the edge of sour.
It goes down smooth, though, and it’s strong, so be careful that it doesn’t sneak up on you and get you before you realize it’s hit.
Despite its name (which refers to the McDonald’s character Grimace), this is one cocktail that won’t make you grimace when you drink it, especially if you’re a fan of grape-flavored drinks.
You’ll need only four ingredients to make it – vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and purple Powerade – but you’ll really only taste one, the Powerade.
However, even though you can’t taste it, the vodka certainly packs a punch.
One glimpse of this shimmering, sparkling bluish-purple cocktail, and you really will think it’s magical.
It’s not only beautiful, but it also has a perfectly balanced sweet and tangy taste.
You may not have brewed it up in a cauldron, but there’s something a little bit bewitching about it, nonetheless.
Speaking of magical! These potato cocktails are pure witchcraft! You can change their color from pink to purple by adding one simple ingredient.
Plus, there’s definitely something unbelievable about how delicious these are, especially since you’ll make them with potato puree.
Of all the drinks on this list, this one probably blows my mind the most.
Plus, their light, gem-like pink and purple colors are delicate, elegant, and perfect for a mid-day brunch.
Here’s another cocktail you’ll make with potatoes, specifically the ube (purple yam).
You’ll also need white rum, aged rum, lime juice, cane syrup, and a radiant orchid for the garnish.
This drink is strong, sweet, and unbelievably beautiful. The double dose of rum will hit you quickly, though, so sip slowly and enjoy the budding buzz.
Once popular in the early-1900s, the Aviation cocktail will have you flying high.
It’s both sweet and tart and has a complex taste that’s somewhat fruity and somewhat flowery.
Like most drinks on our list, it’s easy to make, taking no more than 5 minutes and using four simple ingredients: gin, lemon juice, Maraschino liqueur, and Crème de Violette.
Add a cocktail cherry as a garnish and call it a day!
This thick, frothy cocktail is icy cold, dry, and perfect for those who prefer their drinks with a sharp, tart kick instead of a sugary sweetness.
Don’t worry, though; it isn’t so sour that it’ll make you cringe.
The sugar cane and violet liqueur add a light hint of sweetness to tone down the bite.
It’s fruity, floral, and full of yumminess.
All you’ll need for this fun, nostalgic drink is vodka, soda water, and ice.
You’ll also want a stick of rock candy for a garnish and Pop Rocks for “salting” the rim.
If any drink can transport you back to your childhood, it’s this bright, candy-colored confection. You can make it purple, red, blue, or any color you like.
What’s important is that it’s fun, not overwhelmingly sweet, and super easy to make.
Kids love these, too! Just be sure you keep the kid-friendly versions separate from the ones with vodka; they look identical, so it’s easy to get them confused.
This thick, creamy drink is for those who like their cocktails to be almost the same consistency as their milkshakes.
The taste is unusual and isn’t for everyone; it isn’t the classically sweet flavor you expect when drinking such a thick, milky drink.
It’s fruity and sweet, but there are also notes of citrus and dairy beneath the blueberries.
The gin shines through pretty strongly in this one, as well.
Still, if you like strong, rich drinks, you’ll probably enjoy this one.
16. Violette Royale
It doesn’t get much simpler than this 5-minutes, two-ingredient drink.
All you’ll need to make it is Crème de Violette and five ounces of sparkling prosecco. (You can also add a lemon twist as a garnish if you like.)
The result is a deep violet, almost black cocktail that’s entirely bittersweet but nonetheless delicious.
If you’ve never made any Empress gin cocktails, stop what you’re doing and make this!
Empress 1908 is a stunning gun with a lovely blue-purple hue. And it makes some super pretty drinks.
This recipe is a terrific introduction since you can really get a taste for the spirit.
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