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Purple Haze Cocktail recipe

Simple Purple Haze Cocktail recipe

Hey everyone, I’m here today to share with you a cocktail recipe I recently tried that was absolutely delicious – the Purple Haze! This drink definitely lives up to its psychedelic name with its bright purple color.

When I first took a sip, I was impressed by how smooth it went down despite containing alcohol. I liked the bold yet balanced flavor from the Empress 1908 gin, which added an extra pop of color. It was tart and fruity from the Chambord and cranberry juice, but the lime juice gave it a refreshing zing that took the edge off the alcohol.

I had this cocktail at a friend’s party last weekend, and everyone kept raving about the rich purple color and complex yet balanced flavor. It’s the perfect drink for warm summer nights when you want something refreshing and elegant.

How to make Purple Haze Cocktail

The recipe is also really easy to remember and make. I hope you all give it a try – I think purple will become your new favorite drink color after sampling this cocktail. Purple colored cocktails look so pretty, right? I recommend you to try Purple rain and Purple moon cocktails too. I am sure you will love them.

Beyond just tasting great, the Purple Haze is also very easy to make, so you don’t need to be a mixology expert to whip up a batch.

It comes together in just a few minutes of shaking or stirring. On busy nights, it’s simple enough that even if you’re cooking dinner, you can throw the cocktail together without much effort.

How to make Purple Haze Cocktail

Ingredients to make Purple Haze Cocktail

I love the idea of a bold and berry cocktail! The Empress 1908 gin is a great choice for its vibrant purple color, and the Chambord, cranberry, and lime juices will add a delicious tart and fruity flavor.

1. Empress 1908 Gin

As someone who loves crafting fruity, visually striking cocktails, I knew this gin would be perfect for really showcasing the vivid hue.

Measuring out 1.5 ounces, I was impressed by just how deeply purple it was. Having used regular dry gins before, I understood what made this one special for adding extra vibrancy.

If you don’t have Empress 1908 gin, you can use any other gin you like. You can also use a butterfly pea flower tea infusion to get a similar purple color.

2. Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

Chambord is a premium liqueur crafted with black raspberries, blackberries, raspberries, and other juicy fruits. It infuses this cocktail with a rich, jammy blackberry flavor that pairs beautifully with the cranberry and lime notes.

Chambord is one of my go-to ingredients for imparting luxurious fruit flavors into libations. On its own, it has a deep red, almost purplish color and luscious black raspberry taste. I was thrilled to see how these elements would blend together.

If you don’t have Chambord, any other raspberry liqueur will do, but expect a slightly different flavor profile.

3. Cranberry Juice: Tart Brilliance

Tart and tangy cranberry juice balances the sweetness of Chambord and provides a vibrant red layer to the final drink.

Freshly squeezed cranberry juice delivers the best flavor, but high-quality store-bought juice works too. Remember, the acidity of the cranberry juice helps keep the sweetness in check and adds complexity to the taste.

4. Lime or Lemon Juice: Zesty Spark

A squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice adds a necessary touch of citrus tartness. It brings out the sweetness of the other ingredients and helps to break up the berry dominance. Lime tends to be slightly sweeter and less acidic than lemon, so choose based on your taste preference.

5. Tonic Water: Refreshing Fizz

Tonic water provides the bubbly base for this cocktail. Its subtle quinine bitterness complements the berry flavors and creates a light, effervescent texture. Feel free to use regular tonic water for a classic taste, or explore flavored options like cucumber or elderflower for a twist.

6. Lemon or Lime Wheel Garnish: A Finishing Flourish

A citrus wheel adds a final touch of visual appeal and aroma. It allows you to express your personal preference, with lemon offering a slightly sweeter zest and lime providing a sharper note.

Purple Haze Cocktail recipe

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This Purple Haze cocktail recipe is also really easy to remember and make. I hope you all give it a try – I think purple will become your new favorite drink color after sampling this cocktail.


  • 1.5 oz Empress 1908 Gin (purple gin for extra vibrancy)

  • 0.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice

  • 0.5 oz Lime or Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Tonic Water

  • Lemon or Lime Wheel garnish (optional)


  • Combine gin, Chambord, cranberry juice, lime juice, and ice in a shaker.

  • Shake well and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.

  • Top with tonic water and gently stir.

  • Garnish with the citrus wheel (if desired) and enjoy the berry-licious blend!


  • For a deeper purple hue, use Empress 1908 Gin. Otherwise, any gin will do.
  • This cocktail is also delicious made with sparkling water instead of tonic water.
  • For a sweeter drink, you can add a simple syrup or agave nectar to taste.
  • For a more tart drink, you can add more lime juice.

How does Purple Haze cocktail taste?

Purple Haze is a sweet and tart, fizzy berry drink with a bit of herbal and citrus complexity. It’s not super sugary, but packs a flavor punch that keeps you coming back for more.

Sweet: The main sweetness comes from Chambord, a liqueur made with black raspberries and other berries. It gives the drink a rich, jammy flavor.

Tart: Cranberry juice balances the sweetness with a bright, tangy acidity. This keeps the drink from being too sugary and adds complexity. Sweet and tart flavors of this cocktail remind me of Madame Butterfly cocktail.

Herbal: The gin plays a supporting role, adding subtle notes of juniper and other botanicals like citrus and spice. Think of it as a bit like a light perfume in the background.

Zesty: A squeeze of lime juice adds a refreshing splash of citrus that brightens the whole flavor profile.

Fizzy: Tonic water makes the drink bubbly and light, which helps cleanse your palate between sips.

How to make Purple Haze mocktail

When hosting parties at my home, I like to be sure there are enjoyable non-alcoholic options available too. My version of a Purple Haze mocktail helps keep the fun vibes flowing for everyone.

Purple Haze mocktail

Here is a simple recipe for non alcoholic version of Purple haze cocktail:


  • 1 oz Butterfly Pea Flower Tea (brewed and cooled, for vibrant purple color)
  • 0.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur (or substitute with 0.5 oz raspberry syrup for a sweeter mocktail)
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 0.5 oz Lime or Lemon Juice
  • Top with Sparkling Water
  • Fresh berries or mint leaves, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine butterfly pea flower tea, Chambord (or raspberry syrup), cranberry juice, and lime/lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Top with sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with fresh berries or mint leaves (optional).

You can adjust the sweetness and tartness of both versions by playing with the proportions of juices and fruit puree.

Chilled coupe glasses dotted with edible petals elevate the presentation of mocktail. A drizzle of chocolate or berry reduction around the rim brings extra intrigue. I also use butterfly pea flower powder to make one of my favorite drinks, named Butterfly pea flower.

Variations of Purple Haze cocktail

The Purple Haze is indeed a versatile cocktail with many delicious variations. Here are some variations of the Purple Haze cocktail that I enjoy experimenting with:

1. Purple Haze Martini

Purple Haze Martini

Taste: This martini strikes a balance between sweet (grenadine) and tart (blue curaçao). The vodka provides a smooth base, while the interplay of colors creates a visually stunning drink like a Blue moon cocktail.


You need following ingredients to make Purple Haze Martini.

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

Now follow these steps.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add all ingredients to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist or a sugared rim (optional).

Texture: Silky smooth, thanks to the shaking and straining.

Serving Suggestions: Ideal for an elegant evening or a sophisticated celebration. Serve chilled in a martini glass, garnished with a lemon twist for a touch of citrus or a sugared rim for extra sweetness.

2. Cranberry Purple Haze

Taste: Tart and refreshing, with the cranberry juice taking center stage. The black raspberry liqueur adds a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor.

Cranberry Purple Haze



  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Black raspberry liqueur (Chambord or similar)
  • 2 oz Cranberry juice


  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Add all ingredients to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries or a rosemary sprig (optional).

Texture: Lighter than the martini due to the cranberry juice, offering a slightly tart and juicy mouthfeel.

Serving Suggestions: Perfect for poolside parties or brunch gatherings. Serve chilled in a coupe glass, garnished with fresh cranberries for a festive touch or a rosemary sprig for an herbal twist.

3. Purple Haze Lemonade

Purple Haze Lemonade

Taste: Sweet and bubbly, with the cran-grape juice offering a fruity base balanced by the blue curaçao and grenadine. The lemon-lime soda adds a refreshing fizz. Blue curaçao is used in so many drinks recipes like Purple Gatorade shot because it gives vibrant purple color and sweet taste to drinks.



  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/4 oz Grenadine
  • 4 oz Cran-grape juice
  • Lemon-lime soda (to top)


  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Add vodka, blue curaçao, grenadine, and cran-grape juice.
  • Top with lemon-lime soda and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge or maraschino cherry (optional).

Texture: Light and bubbly, perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Serving Suggestions: Ideal for casual gatherings or summertime fun. Serve in a highball glass filled with ice, garnished with a lemon wedge or maraschino cherry for a classic touch. You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less cran-grape juice.

4. Purple Haze Shot

Taste: Bold and boozy, with the blackcurrant liqueur offering a deep berry flavor and the grenadine adding sweetness. Be warned, this one packs a punch!

Purple Haze Shot



  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Blackcurrant liqueur (Black Velvet or similar)
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine


  • Fill a shot glass with ice (optional).
  • Add all ingredients to the shot glass.
  • Stir gently and enjoy responsibly.

Texture: Smooth and intense due to the higher alcohol content and lack of dilution.

Serving Suggestions: Best enjoyed responsibly as a quick pick-me-up or an after-dinner shot. Serve chilled in a shot glass, with or without ice. Consider offering a chaser like water or cranberry juice for those who prefer a less intense experience.

Some other amazing Vodka cocktails that you can try are Peach Tea ShotPink Tea Shot and White Tea Shot.

5. Cherry Purple Haze Cocktail (from Hard Rock Cafe)

I recently visited Hard Rock Cafe and stumbled upon their amazing Cherry Purple Haze cocktail w. It was seriously good – the perfect blend of sweet and tart with a beautiful purple color and a delightful fizz. I couldn’t resist getting the recipe, and now I’m excited to share it with you all!



  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1 1/2 oz ginger beer
  • 1-2 fresh cherries, for garnish
  • 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix (adjust to taste)
  • Lemon-lime soda or sprite, to top


  1. Combine vodka, gin, rum, sweet and sour mix, and half of the ginger beer in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Top with the remaining ginger beer and lemon-lime soda to your desired level of sweetness and fizz.
  5. Garnish with a fresh cherry (or two!).
Cherry Purple Haze Cocktail Hard Rock Cafe


  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sweet and sour mix to your taste preference. You can also use homemade sweet and sour mix for a fresh and tangy flavor.
  • If you don’t have ginger beer, you can substitute it with club soda and add a splash of ginger syrup for a similar flavor.
  • For a more intense cherry flavor, you can muddle a fresh cherry in the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  • Get creative with garnishes! Besides cherries, you can also use a lemon wedge, mint sprig, or even a rosemary sprig for an herbal touch.

The Hard Rock Cafe’s Purple Haze is a legendary cocktail, and like any rock anthem, it seems to have different riffs and interpretations!

One of my friends shared their go-to version, which I just had to try, and it was fantastic. So, I also tracked down another recipe that’s said to be close to the original.


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • 1 oz Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple juice (or substitute with 1/2 oz orange juice)
  • Optional: Splash of grapefruit juice (for added tartness)
  • Splash of lemon-lime soda or sprite(for a light fizz)
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


Combine all ingredients except the soda and garnish in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for 15 seconds.

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda (optional). Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Try some more pineapple juice cocktails like Hennessy and Pineapple Juice cocktail and Fireball and Pineapple Juice Recipe.

Some more fun twists on classic purple haze summer cocktail are:

Deep Purple Haze – I like to intensify the vivid color even more by using 2 oz of Empress 1908 gin instead of 1.5 oz. The vibrancy just pops when served in a glass rimmed with sugar.

Lavender Haze – Swapping out the cranberry juice for simple syrup infused with fresh lavender blossoms results in an aromatic, floral twist on the classic that transports me to a sunny garden.

Raspberry Haze – A splash of Chambord isn’t enough berry flavor for me sometimes. Doubling the amount pumps up the jammy richness, though one does need to adjust the other components accordingly.

White Grape Haze – To lighten things up on hot days, I’ll substitute a crisp Italian white grape juice for the cranberry. It’s refreshingly bright while retaining the signature hue.

Spiced Haze – In autumn, warming spices like cinnamon and star anise join the party when simmered briefly in the tonic water before mixing. Cozy and festive. Do you love spicy cocktails? Try our recipes of Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita and Spicy Ranch water.

Frozen Haze – Pureeing the ingredients with ice yields a grown-up slushy perfect for lazy weekends. Blending it smooth means easy sipping on the porch all afternoon.

Serving tips for Purple Haze cocktail

Here are some serving tips for the Purple Haze cocktail that I’ve found enhance the experience:

Serving tips for Purple Haze cocktail

The Right Glassware

When mixing up a batch of Purple Hazes, I put a lot of thought into the vessels I’ll serve them in. Since this cocktail demands being sipped and admired, choosing the perfect glass is critical.

For me, fine coupe glasses best showcase the vibrant lavender color. Their curved bowls give the eye something beautiful to linger on with each raise. Stemless nick and nora glasses work too in a pinch.

However, on special evenings I’ll bust out my tapered violet-tint champagne flutes. Held at an angle against lamplight, the hazy radiance throbbing within transports sips to pure bliss.

When hosting a crowd, I opt for glass jars with pour spouts. Folks can tote drinks comfortably on outdoor strolls. And mason jars on a wood tray look straight from a Pinterest board!

No matter the vessel, I wash them with cold water only to avoid clouding. Having spotless glass allows my cocktails’ natural magic to fully beam through. My guests raise their drinks knowing great care went into each detail.

Presentation is Key

For me, all good things deserve gorgeous displays. So when setting out Purple Hazes, presentation becomes an event in itself.

I’ll float blooms like lavender and baby’s breath in a crystal bowl, then nestle frosted glasses within for an enchanted garden effect. Trays get dressed with ribbon, marble slabs, or my nonna’s vintage lace doilies.

Charcuterie boards showcase grapes, berries, crudités to snack between sips. Mini cakes and tarts offer flavor pairings for taking one’s time. My guests feel pampered roaming such lavish spreads.

Chilling the Glasses

When I’m making a round of Purple Hazes for friends coming over, I always start by chilling the coupe glasses. Since this cocktail is meant to be sipped slowly, I want it to stay as cold as possible.

I fill the sink with ice water and submerge the glasses for at least 10 minutes before straining and serving. The icy exterior helps the lavender liquid within maintain its temperature longer. My guests appreciate that first refreshing swig isn’t warm at all.

I’ve found spearing a few blueberries and letting them float at the bottom also helps chill the glass from the inside. They soak up the cold while adding a pop of color. By the time the drinks are ready, the coupes have a frosted effect that looks so posh.

Garnishing Fresh

To really make my Purple Hazes shine, I like dressing them up with vibrant garnishes. But it’s important to me that they look freshly cut and not wilted.

So right before my friends arrive, I’ll slice limes, lemons, and oranges into thin wheels or wedges. The citrus brightens up the rims with its tangy scent too.

Bunching fresh lavender or basil brings flowers into the mix. Using herb scissors, I chop sprigs into delicate flakes atop the drink. They add layering aromas and a natural sprinkle of color.

With garnishes prepped just in time, my cocktails maintain their lively appeal. My friends always comment how appetizing they appear. A little last-minute work goes a long way!

Setting the Mood

When winding down a long day, I like to really focus on the vibe with my Purple Hazes. Dimmer lighting puts guests in a tranquil state of mind from the start.

Scattering tea lights of all heights plus a warm lamp casts everything in an ethereal yellow-purple glow. The moody light pairs perfectly with movements of the hazy liquid within each glass.

I’ll put on a chill playlist featuring artists like Mazzy Star to heighten the soothing sensibilities.

What to serve with purple haze cocktail

What to serve with purple haze cocktail

Here are some recommendations for foods that pair well with a Purple Haze cocktail:

Fresh Berries

Nothing complements the fruity flavors in a Purple Haze quite like fresh berries. I love offering seasonal options like raspberries, blackberries, grapes and blueberries in little bowls or on a summertime shortcake. Their bright pops of flavor and color are delicious with each sip.

Cheese and Charcuterie

A cheese and charcuterie board allows for various textures and flavors to pair with the layered cocktail. Soft and hard cheeses alike pair nicely, as do cured meats like prosciutto and salami. Nuts, olives and dried fruits provide contrast and crunch.

Crispy Vegetable Bites

Light yet satisfying appetizers allow the nuances of the drink to shine through. Roasted or pickled veggies stuffed into pastry cups or wrapped in crispy phyllo are ideal. Try asparagus, peppers, mushrooms or spinach bites.

I often whip up mini purple potato tacos filled with herby goat cheese. The crispy shells give way to a creamy center that’s heavenly with the complex cocktail. Mushroom and spinach-stuffed phyllo cups are another light bite I love to try.

Fruit-Stuffed Pastries

Mini fruit tarts or hand pies featuring juicy mixed berries are a treat. Sweet without being too rich, they offer pockets of ripe fruit flavors to complement each sip. Lemon curd or mascarpone in pastries also accent the cocktail.

Sweets with Lavender

A little something for the sweet tooth pairs well as a finish. I like lavender shortbread cookies or macarons, lemon lavender pound cake, or fresh-baked violet madeleines. Floral notes echo those in the drink. Some more cocktails that pair perfectly with these options are Henny Hustle Drink and Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Recipe.

The key is choosing foods with bright, fresh qualities that don’t overpower but rather highlight the Purple Haze. It’s the perfect drink to leisurely savor alongside a bounty of spring and summer bites.

Purple Haze Cocktail Nutrition Facts

Purple Haze Cocktail Nutrition Facts

The Purple Haze cocktail may tantalize your taste buds with its vibrant color and berry burst, but what about its nutritional side? Let’s take a closer look.

Calories and Carbs: Think of a banana or a handful of almonds – that’s roughly the energy you get from a serving of Purple Haze (around 140-170 calories). Most of these calories come from carbs, particularly sugars, especially from the Chambord liqueur and cranberry juice. Expect about 18-25 grams of carbs, with 14-20 grams being pure sugars.

Fat and Protein: This drink goes light on these two. It’s virtually fat-free, making it a lighter option compared to creamy cocktails. As for protein, you won’t find much in the Purple Haze.

Vitamins and Minerals: Cranberry juice adds a small dose of vitamin C and some minerals like manganese and copper. However, it’s not a significant source of your daily needs.

Sodium and Potassium: The Purple Haze contains a moderate amount of sodium (50-70mg) compared to other beverages. On the other hand, it offers a decent amount of potassium (85-100mg) thanks to cranberry juice.

Gluten, Vegan, and Keto: Good news for those with dietary restrictions! This cocktail is naturally gluten-free and vegan-friendly. However, the high sugar content makes it less suitable for a strict keto diet.

Remember: This information is based on a typical recipe and may vary depending on the brands and serving sizes you use. Always check the labels of specific ingredients for accurate numbers.

Purple Haze Cocktail: Nutritional Quick Facts

NutrientEstimated Amount per Serving
Calories140-170 kcal
Carbohydrates18-25 g
Sugars14-20 g
Fat0 g
Protein0 g
Sodium50-70 mg
Potassium85-100 mg

How much alcohol does Purple haze cocktail contain?

The Purple Haze cocktail, depending on the specific recipe and brand choices, can contain approximately 14 grams (0.7 ounces) of alcohol or 1 standard drink.

Here is breakdown of alcohol content in Purple Haze drink.

  • 1.5 ounces of gin, usually boasting a 40% alcohol content contains 0.6825 ounces of pure alcohol.
  • 0.5 ounces of Chambord, a liqueur with a subtle 16.5% alcohol whisper. Chambord adds a delicate 0.0825 ounces alcohol.
  • And finally, 1 ounce of tonic water, typically non-alcoholic, but some brands sneak in a 0.5% – 1.5% ABV surprise. It can another 0.015 ounces of pure alcohol.

This is an estimate based on averages. The actual alcohol content can vary depending on Brands used (different ABV for gin and Chambord), Measurement variations (slightly more or less than 1.5 oz or 0.5 oz) and Tonic water with higher ABV (if not using a non-alcoholic variety).

Always check the specific labels of your chosen ingredients for accurate ABV information.

Now question is, Can it get you drunk?

At around 1-1.5 standard drinks per cocktail, a single serving would not be enough to noticeably intoxicate most adults on its own.

However, due to its relatively low alcohol volume that is balanced by fruit juice and tonic water, it could promote excessive consumption without immediately feeling “drunk.” This makes it dangerous to drink multiple cocktails quickly.

Consuming 2-3 Purple Hazes within an hour could potentially cause intoxication in some individuals depending on weight, gender, food intake and other factors. Symptoms may include lowered inhibitions, impaired coordination, slurred speech.

For smaller-framed adults or those less tolerant of alcohol, as few as 2 cocktails may push them over the legal limit for driving (0.08 BAC) and into drunk territory with impaired judgment and motor skills.

On an empty stomach, or combined with other drinks, its effects will be amplified and drunkenness achieved sooner. Tolerances are also lower earlier in drinking careers.

Note: People with stomach issues and acid reflux should always use Non grain vodkas in their cocktail recipe.

Stoarge tips for Purple haze cocktail

Stoarge tips for Purple haze cocktail

While the Purple Haze cocktail is best enjoyed fresh, there are ways to store leftover concoctions safely and minimize their quality decline:

Short-Term Storage (Up to 24 hours)

Separate is key: If your Purple Haze has layers or distinct components (like fruit chunks or soda), store them separately in airtight containers. Combining them too early can lead to dilution or textural changes.

Chill consistently: Keep all components chilled in the refrigerator (ideally around 40°F). Avoid freezing, as it can alter the texture and flavor of the cocktail.

Ice matters: Discard any leftover ice from the original serving, as it can melt and dilute the cocktail further. Use fresh ice when ready to reassemble.

Reassembling and Serving

Give it a gentle swirl: Don’t vigorously shake the stored components. A gentle stir or swirl is enough to recombine the flavors without excessive dilution or loss of fizz.

Freshness counts: Opt for fresh garnishes when presenting the stored cocktail. Avoid using any leftover garnishes from the initial serving.

Know your limits: While short-term storage is okay, remember that the taste and texture of the Purple Haze will degrade over time. Aim to enjoy any leftovers within 24 hours for the best experience.

Longer-Term Storage (Not Recommended)

While not ideal, if you have leftover ingredients and absolutely need to store them for longer, here are some additional tips:

Store individual components: Separate and store the vodka, liqueurs, juices, and syrups in their original containers or airtight bottles. Discard any leftover fruit or perishable garnishes.

Freeze with caution: Vodka and some liqueurs can be frozen, but juices and syrups may separate or change texture. Consider freezing these components in ice cube trays for portion control and easier thawing.

Thaw and reassemble wisely: When ready to revive your Purple Haze, thaw all components slowly in the refrigerator. Reassemble and serve chilled, keeping in mind that the taste and texture might not be as good as the original.

History and Origin of Purple hazel cocktail drink

Origin of Purple hazel cocktail drink

The Purple Haze cocktail, despite its iconic name and vibrant color, doesn’t boast a singular, well-documented origin story. Instead, its history unfolds like a rock ballad – shrouded in some mystery and embellished with variations depending on who you ask. Here’s what we know

1990s: Some sources point to the 90s as the era when the Purple Haze first emerged, possibly in cocktail competitions or trendy bars. Peter Janson’s participation in the World Cocktail Championships with a purple concoction named “Purple Haze” is sometimes mentioned as a potential starting point.

Hard Rock Cafe Connection: The Hard Rock Cafe is another frequent name associated with the Purple Haze. Their version likely gained popularity in the later 90s and early 2000s, featuring variations with vodka, gin, rum, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and the signature purple hues achieved through blue curaçao and grenadine.

Variations and Interpretations:

As with many classic cocktails, the Purple Haze doesn’t have a single official recipe. Numerous variations abound, incorporating ingredients like peach schnapps, sour mix, grapefruits, ginger ale, and even blackcurrant liqueur.

Bartenders over the years have taken creative liberties, reinterpreting the Purple Haze with their own twists and preferences, leading to the diverse versions we see today.


The Purple Haze cocktail, despite its cool name and eye-catching color, doesn’t have one clear origin story. It’s more like a rock legend – whispers of the 90s, maybe from bartending competitions or trendy bars, with the Hard Rock Cafe later adding its own spin.

I’ve shared a base recipe for the Purple Haze, featuring vodka, gin, grenadine, blue curaçao, cranberry and pineapple juices.

No matter your preference, the Purple Haze offers a colorful and tasty adventure. So grab your shaker, crank up some tunes, and experiment with these variations!

Let me know which of above recipes you tried!

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