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Purple Moon Cocktail Recipe

Purple Moon Cocktail Recipe (5 Amazing Variations)

Have you ever seen a cocktail with such a vibrant, purple glow? The first time I made a Purple Moon cocktail for myself and some friends, we were mesmerized by its eye-catching hue.

It only took me about three minutes to mix up the basic recipe, which uses vodka, blue curacao, lemon-lime soda, and cherry and cranberry juices.

The drink was just as delicious as it looked too – the perfect balance of fruity flavors with a hint of tartness.

I’ve tried five different versions so far, each putting my own spin on the classic purple moon. I found some of these randomly on the internet and I couldn’t stop myself from try them out!

Now, I want to share all of my recipes with you! Whether you’re having friends over or celebrating something special, these easy-to-make purple cocktails are ideal for any gathering.

1. Purple Moon Cocktail Recipe with vodka

Experience the allure of the Purple Moon with this easy recipe. Elevate your at-home mixology game in just four simple steps, creating a visually stunning and delicious purple colored cocktail. Perfect for any occasion, this cocktail is a delightful masterpiece waiting to be savored. This recipe is quite similar to another pretty purple cocktail, named Purple Rain drink.

Purple Moon Cocktail Recipe with vodka

The Purple Moon cocktail is a perfectly balanced blend of sweet, tart, and slightly floral flavors, with a light and refreshing finish thanks to the soda. It’s a delightful drink that’s both easy to sip and surprisingly complex in its taste profile.

Here are main ingredients for this basic Purple moon cocktail recipe. I have also given some substitutes of these ingredients. While it’s cool to experiment, swapping out all the ingredients can change the cocktail’s original charm.

Vodka

Vodka, the star of our show, adds a smooth and neutral base to the Purple Moon cocktail. Choose a vodka you love!

For a classic touch, I reach for Tito’s Handmade Vodka, known for its clean and smooth taste. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try a flavored vodka like Absolut Raspberi for a touch of fruity sweetness or Vanilla Vodka for a hint of warm spice.

Substitute: If vodka isn’t your go-to, you can try white rum or even a clear tequila to bring a different character to your drink.

Want a Non-alcoholic version of this cocktail? Skip the vodka and replace it with club soda or sparkling water for a refreshing and delicious Purple moon mocktail.

Blue Curaçao or Schnapps

When it comes to the Purple Moon cocktail, you have two choices for the vibrant blue hue: Blue Curaçao or Blue Schnapps.

Blue Curaçao is the secret to the Purple Moon’s mesmerizing color. I also use it in Purple Gatorade shots to get vibrant purple color. Opt for a high-quality brand. I usually use De Kuyper Blue Curaçao for a vibrant blue hue and a subtle orange peel aroma.

It’s a bright orange-flavored liqueur with a vibrant blue color, adding not just visual appeal but also a citrusy kick. You can try Marie Brizard for a deeper violet.

The choice between Blue Curaçao and Blue Schnapps depends on your personal preference. If you prefer a subtly sweet and complex flavor with a smoother texture, go for Blue Curaçao. If you want a lighter drink with a simpler, fruity flavor, Blue Schnapps might be your choice.

Substitute: If you don’t have Blue Curaçao on hand, orange liqueur or blue raspberry syrup can be a suitable replacement.

You can also substitute it with blue food coloring, but adjust the amount carefully to avoid a bitter taste.

Lemon-Lime Soda

The fizz in our Purple Moon comes from lemon-lime soda. It adds a refreshing effervescence that complements the other flavors, creating a delightful balance.

Any brand will do, but I usually go with club soda like Schweppes Club Soda for a less sweet and more effervescent experience.

Substitute: If you’re out of lemon-lime soda, a clear citrus soda or even sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon can work wonders.

Cherry and Cranberry Juices

These fruity components bring sweetness and depth to our cocktail. Cherry juice offers a rich, dark sweetness, while cranberry juice adds a tart note, creating a harmonious flavor profile.

Freshly squeezed is definitely the star, offering a burst of natural sweetness and tartness. But if you’re short on time, store-bought cherry juice like Ocean Spray 100% Cherry Juice is a perfectly acceptable alternative.

Just keep in mind that tart cherry juice, like Tart & Cherry by Knudsen, will add a sharper edge, while sweeter varieties like Cherry Coke Zero will create a milder flavor.

Substitutes: For cherry juice, you can explore pomegranate or even raspberry juice. If cranberry juice is unavailable, try grape or apple juice for a different twist.

Purple Moon Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by JenniferCourse: CocktailsCuisine: American
Servings

1

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Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calories

180

kcal

Try this pretty looking Purple moon cocktail at home with this simple and easy recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka (Approximately 30 ml)

  • 1 oz blue curaçao

  • 1 oz cherry juice

  • 2 oz lemon-lime soda (about 60 ml)

  • Ice

  • Optional garnishes: lemon wedge, maraschino cherry, or a dusting of edible glitter

Directions

  • Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, blue curaçao, cherry juice, and lemon-lime soda.
  • Shake the mixture vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge, a maraschino cherry, or a sprinkle of edible glitter for an extra touch of celestial sparkle.

Notes

  • Use fresh, cubed ice for the best results. Crushed ice melts faster and can dilute the drink.
  • Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your taste by adding more or less cherry juice.
  • You can also use a sugar rim for an extra touch of sparkle.
  • Pre-chilling your coupe glass with ice water or in the freezer for a few minutes helps keep your cocktail colder for longer.
  • This recipe makes one serving, but you can easily double or triple it for a crowd.  
  • Multiply the recipe ingredients to make a pitcher for a crowd. Chill the pitcher beforehand and adjust the ice accordingly.

2. Purple Moon Sparkler (with champagne)

One of my favorite ways to enjoy a purple moon cocktail is with a festive twist – bubbles! The Purple Moon Sparkler truly feels like a party in a glass.

The Purple Moon Sparkler is a beautifully balanced and refreshing drink. It’s not too sweet, not too tart, and perfectly captures the essence of a celestial sunset in every sip. The floral notes from the crème de violette make it unique and intriguing, while the citrusy zing and bubbly effervescence keep it light and enjoyable.

For myself and my friends, I doubled the original champagne amount to make it extra celebratory. The pale lavender hue from the crème de violette liqueur is simply gorgeous when fizzing among the tiny champagne bubbles.

I like to rim the glass with a coating of sparkling clear sugar crystals before pouring – it adds a magical touch as the bubbles continuously brush against the sweetened rim.

This recipe yields 2 generous servings, perfect for sharing with a friend or enjoying a solo moment of celestial effervescence.

 Purple Moon Sparkler cocktail

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

6 oz champagne (or sparkling wine): Choose your favorite bubbly! Champagne will offer a touch of luxury, while a dry sparkling wine can provide a lighter feel.

4 oz crème de violette: This floral liqueur is the heart of the cocktail, infusing it with a delicate violet aroma and flavor. Make sure to use a high-quality brand for the best results.

2 oz fresh clementine or orange juice: Freshness is key here! Clementine adds a sweeter, mandarin-like touch, while orange offers a classic citrus blast. You can customize based on your taste preference.

2 oz fresh lemon juice: This balances the sweetness and adds a vital zing. Use freshly squeezed juice for the best flavor.

2 oz gin: The juniper notes of gin provide a subtle complexity and warmth to the drink. Choose a dry gin to complement the other flavors.

Optional garnishes: A lemon slice, some sparkling sugar or edible glitter for the rim, and a lemon twist, all elevate the presentation and add a touch of citrus aroma.

Steps to make Purple Moon Sparkler

Rimming the glass: If you choose, create a dazzling edge to your coupe glasses by dipping them upside down in a shallow dish of sanding sugar or edible glitter.

Combining the magic: In a pitcher, gently stir together the champagne, crème de violette, clementine or orange juice, lemon juice, and gin. Be careful not to over-mix, as you want to preserve the champagne’s bubbles.

Into the spotlight: Pour the vibrant concoction into your prepared or plain coupe glasses. Let the bubbles dance and admire the mesmerizing purple hue.

The final touch: Add a lemon slice and twist for an extra touch of citrusy elegance (optional).

Customization

Feeling adventurous? Here are some ways to personalize your Purple Moon Sparkler:

Prosecco switch: Opt for prosecco instead of champagne for a slightly sweeter and fruitier bubbly experience.

Grapefruit surprise: Want a sharper citrus edge? Swap the clementine or orange juice for grapefruit juice. Remember, adjust the lemon juice to balance the tartness.

Mocktail magic: For a non-alcoholic version of purple moon sparkler, substitute sparkling grape juice for champagne and omit the gin. You’ll still have a delightful and refreshing drink to enjoy.

Recommended: Simple Purple Summer Haze Cocktail recipe

Calories in Purple Moon Sparkler

Calories in Purple Moon Sparkler

Approximately 300-350 calories Per serving (based on ingredients listed). This can vary depending on the exact brands and types of ingredients you use, especially the champagne/sparkling wine and crème de violette. Remember, champagne tends to have slightly more calories than prosecco.

The amount of juice and sugar used can also influence the calorie content. Opting for less juice or sparkling sugar (or skipping it altogether) can reduce the calorie count slightly.

Here are some tips for making a lower-calorie Purple Moon Sparkler:

  • Use prosecco instead of champagne for a slightly sweeter and lower-calorie option.
  • Choose a crème de violette with lower sugar content.
  • Use less juice or dilute it with water.
  • Skip the sugar/glitter rim.
  • Make a mocktail version by using sparkling grape juice instead of champagne and omitting the gin.

Alcohol content in Purple Moon Sparkler

The alcohol content in a Purple Moon Sparkler can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients you use, particularly the champagne/sparkling wine and gin. However, here’s an estimate based on the recipe:

Estimated Alcohol Content per Serving: Around 8.5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Here’s a breakdown of the main contributors to the alcohol content:

  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine: Each 6 oz serving typically has around 12% ABV, so it contributes about 0.72 oz of alcohol to the drink.
  • Gin: A standard 2 oz gin serving is around 40% ABV, so it contributes about 0.8 oz of alcohol.

Therefore, the total estimated alcohol content per serving based on these averages comes to around 0.72 oz + 0.8 oz = 1.52 oz of alcohol, which translates to approximately 8.5% ABV.

Dietary considerations

Gluten-free: This recipe is naturally gluten-free as long as you choose gluten-free ingredients, especially the gin and crème de violette. Verify on the labels that they are certified gluten-free.

Vegan: All the ingredients in this recipe are typically vegan, but always check the labels of your chosen brands to ensure they are vegan-friendly.

Sugar content: Be aware that this drink contains sugar from the clementine/orange juice, lemon juice, and crème de violette. Depending on your dietary needs, you may want to adjust the amount of juice or consider using sugar-free substitutes (like stevia or monk fruit sweetener) for the rim (if using).

3. Violet Moon Cocktail

This vibrant concoction involves blueberries, crème de violette, and gin or vodka. It’s a bit more involved than the martini, with ingredients like simple syrup and blueberry water, but the result is a stunningly layered drink with a sweet-tart blueberry and floral taste. Also try Red bull sunrise cocktail.

Violet Moon Cocktail

With its striking purple-blue color scheme, it reminded me so much of my favorite spirit-forward drink – the classic Blue Moon Cocktail. However, it has an extra layer of complexity from blueberry water layered on top. I decided to make a batch at home recently so I could fully enjoy this purplish potion.

This recipe yields 1 stunning Violet Moon, but you can increase amounts of ingredients if you are making this cocktail for a crowd.

Ingredients (for 1 serving)

  • 0.7 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled and cooled)
  • 1 cup blueberries, roughly mashed
  • 0.7 oz water
  • 0.6 oz gin or vodka
  • 1.2 oz crème de violette
  • 1/3 oz simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 0.9 oz blueberry water (made from the leftover blueberry skins and water)

Steps

Mash the blueberries and combine them with 0.7 oz water in a bowl. Let them steep for 15 minutes, releasing their vibrant color and flavor.

Strain the blueberry mixture through a fine sieve, capturing the rich blueberry water.

Rinse the blueberry skins with the remaining 0.7 oz water. This bonus step intensifies the final hue of your drink.

In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, add your chosen spirit, crème de violette, and 1/3 oz of simple syrup.

Shake for 10 seconds, allowing the flavors to dance and the ice to create a frothy layer.

Pre-chill a coupe glass for an optimal experience. Pour the shaken concoction into your chilled glass, letting the vibrant purple flow and settle.

Slowly pour the reserved blueberry water on top, letting the colors separate and swirl, creating a stunning celestial effect.

Customization

Adjust the simple syrup to your taste, adding more for a sweeter sip or using less for a drier experience.

Want a touch of citrusy zing? Replace some of the blueberry water with fresh lemon juice for a bright and balanced flavor.

For a non-alcoholic version, omit the gin/vodka and adjust the simple syrup/lemon juice balance to your taste.

Calories in Violet Moon Cocktail

Calories in Violet Moon Cocktail

Determining the exact calorie count of your Violet Moon cocktail depends on the specific ingredients you use, but here’s an estimate based on the recipe:

Estimated Calories per Serving: 200-250 calories

Different brands of liqueurs and simple syrups can have slightly different sugar content, impacting the calorie count.

Ripe berries tend to be sweeter, potentially adding more calories to the blueberry water. You can adjust the amount of simple syrup used to control the sweetness and calorie intake.

Alcohol content in Violet Moon Cocktail

The alcohol content of your Violet Moon cocktail will depend on which spirit you choose to use: gin or vodka.

Estimated Alcohol Content per Serving: Around 7.2% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Here’s a breakdown of the main contributors to the alcohol content:

Gin/Vodka: A standard 0.6 oz serving of either typically has around 40% ABV, so it contributes about 0.24 oz of alcohol (0.6 oz x 40% = 0.24 oz). This value applies whether you choose gin or vodka.

Based on the standard ingredients and serving size, a Violet Moon cocktail with either gin or vodka will contain about 0.72 ounces of alcohol.

This is an estimate based on standard 40% ABV spirits. Check the label of your specific brand for the exact ABV and adjust the calculation if needed.

Dietary considerations

Gluten: Generally gluten-free unless specific brands of gin, vodka, or crème de violette contain gluten. Check labels.

Vegan: Can be vegan if all ingredients are chosen carefully (check labels for potential non-vegan additives in gin, vodka, and crème de violette).

Sugar: Contains sugar from simple syrup, crème de violette, and potentially berries (depending on their sweetness). Adjust simple syrup or use sugar-free alternatives for lower sugar content.

4. VOK Parfait Amour Martini

Like many cocktail enthusiasts, I have a deep appreciation for the classic dry martini. So when I came across a recipe that put a lavender-hued twist on the template, I was intrigued. This take utilizes VOK Parfait Amour, a violet liqueur I’d never seen before but was eager to explore.

VOK Parfait Amour Martini

Ingredients (for one serving)

1. VOK Parfait Amour: 15ml (0.5 oz)

Made in Germany, VOK Parfait Amour is lavender-pink in color and derives its hue from flower essences. Specifically, violets, which impart a subtly sweet yet herbaceous flavor profile. At 15ml, just a splash is used to tint the drink while allowing the clean, crisp flavors of gin to shine through.

2. Gin: 45ml (1.5 oz)

For the spirit base, I selected a fine London dry gin with a delicate botanical composition suited to let the violet notes harmonize. A full 45ml pours into the mixing glass for a properly potent serving.

Steps

The next step is the simple yet critical process of shaking with ice. In my shaker tin, I add the ingredients, fill with chilled cubes, then seal and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. This chills the liquids while also integrating the flavors via dilution.

Finally, I strain the perfectly pale purple mixture into a chilled martini glass. A twist of lime peel placed across the rim adds a kiss of citrus zest to brighten each sip.

The finished drink is silky smooth with lovely lavender hues. Sipping this elegant libation, the violet flavors delicately caress the palate backed by crisp gin. It’s a refined update on a classic that I’m thrilled to have discovered.

Customization

Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your liking. Add a touch more VOK Parfait Amour for a bolder floral whisper, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a sharper edge.

Add a touch of homemade syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled and cooled) for sweetness without the floral notes.

Add a splash (5ml/0.16 oz) of dry vermouth for a classic martini twist. Add a dry shake with an egg white for a frothier, smoother texture. Freeze berries or herbs in your ice cubes for a subtle flavor infusion.

Calories

Based on the quantities we discussed (15ml VOK Parfait Amour and 45ml Gin), the drink approximates 180-200 calories.

Remember, this is an estimate and can vary depending on the exact brands of gin and liqueur used, alcohol percentages, and the use of simple syrup or other additions.

Dietary Considerations

Sugar: Contains sugar from the VOK Parfait Amour (sugar content varies by brand, typically around 20-25g/100ml) and potentially from added simple syrup.

Gluten: Generally gluten-free unless specific brands of gin or liqueur contain gluten. Check labels.

Vegan: Can be vegan if all ingredients are chosen carefully (check labels for potential non-vegan additives).

Contains distilled alcohol, so not suitable for non-drinkers or those who cannot consume alcohol for health reasons.

No major dietary restrictions, but people avoiding added sugar may want to limit frequency of indulge due to traces in liqueur.

Alcohol content

The VOK Parfait Amour Martini, with the quantities we discussed (15ml VOK Parfait Amour and 45ml Gin), has an estimated alcohol content of around 7.2% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) or approximately 0.72 ounces(22 ml) of alcohol per serving.

Here’s a simple breakdown:

  • Gin: 40% ABV, so 45ml contributes 0.72 oz of alcohol.
  • VOK Parfait Amour: Typically around 17-20% ABV. Using the higher estimate of 20%, 15ml contributes 0.06 oz of alcohol (very minimal).

Total estimated alcohol content: 0.72 oz + 0.06 oz = 0.78 oz or 22 ml, which translates to roughly 7.2% ABV in a 100ml drink (including ice).

One standard drink contains around 10-15ml of pure alcohol. So this cocktail contains approximately 1.5 standard drinks worth of alcohol (22ml).

5. Purple moon cocktail with Yuzu and Triple sec

Purple moon cocktail with Yuzu and Triple sec

My quest to find new purple moon cocktails led me to a unique Yuzu variation inspired by a talented bartender. I saw their recipe online and had to give it a try myself.

Thankfully, my local store had everything I needed – Empress Gin, triple sec, yuzu juice, and club soda. The fresh citrus notes of yuzu really jumped out at me in this drink. Once mixed up, it shone a lovely lavender hue. I also made another cocktail with Yuzu juice, Madame Butterfly Drink.

Needless to say, this drink became one of my new favorites. I love experimenting with unique flavors, and the yuzu took the traditional Purple Moon recipe to a whole new level.

This Purple Moon cocktail is a beautifully balanced drink with a playful interplay of sweet, tart, floral, and earthy, with a delightful bubbly finish. It’s refreshing and vibrant, like a sunset captured in a glass, perfect for sipping and savoring the summery vibe.

It was so delicious, I had to share the recipe with you all. I highly recommend giving it a try if you want to impress your friends with a one-of-a-kind purply potion!

Ingredients you need (one serving)

1. Empress Gin (1 oz or 30 ml)

The gin used in this recipe – Empress 1908 – has long been one of my favorites. It’s made with an interesting blend of botanicals like chamomile, hibiscus, and lemongrass which gives it a delicate floral character.

To me, Empress’ light herbal notes pair perfectly with citrus zests. I find just 1 ounce provides the right amount of spirit backbone without overpowering the other elements.

This beauty gets its stunning hue from butterfly pea flowers and changes color when you add citrus! Fancy, right? You know, this reminds me of Butterflower pea cocktail which is a famous color changing cocktail due to presence of butterfly pea flowers in it.

2. Triple Sec (1 oz or 30 ml)

An orange-flavored liqueur that adds a subtle hint of sweet orange. Too much could overwhelm the distinctively tart yuzu, so I keep the measurement modest.

3. Yuzu (1 oz or 30 ml)

When making my Purple Moon cocktails, one ingredient that always intrigues me is the citrus component. For this variation, I decided to use yuzu juice since I find its flavors so unique and complex.

Native to Asia, yuzu is a hybrid citrus fruit with an enticing aroma. Its tart essence comes from grapefruit but it also tastes slightly of sweet mandarin oranges. I truly enjoy exploring new citrus varieties in my drinks.

4. Lemon Juice (0.5 oz 15 ml)

Adds a tart zing to balance the sweetness and keep things refreshing.

5. Club Soda  (approximately 2 oz or 60 ml)

Bubbles! They elevate the whole experience and make it light and bubbly.

Steps

The first step is to add all of your liquid ingredients except the club soda to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. For this part, I like to measure each component carefully into the shaker so I can fully appreciate each distinct flavor layer.

One of my little tips here is to squeeze the lemon wedge directly over the shaker – this helps release more essential oils from the citrus without diluting the drink too much at this stage.

Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, it’s time for an invigorating shake! I like to give it around 10-15 seconds of hearty shaking motion.

Not only does this thoroughly chill the mixture, but it uses the dilation theory to precisely blend the liquids together in harmony.

Next is the critical straining phase. I make sure to use a cocktail strainer or fine mesh strainer so no bits of ice or pulp accidentally splash into the drink.

Carefully pour the cocktail from the shaker into an ice-filled collins or highball glass. Getting all of that lovely purple-hued elixir out neatly is important for best presentation results.

Finally, I top it all off with about 2 ounces of club soda. This step is where the true magic happens, in my opinion, as the bubbles enliven the entire drink.

A gentle stir ensures everything is perfectly combined. And with that, your vibrant Purple Moon with Yuzu cocktail is ready to serve and enjoy!

Related: Check easy to make Henny Hustle Drink Recipe.

Customization

Purple moon cocktail with Yuzu and Triple sec

Here are some ideas for customization:

Sweetness:

  • More Triple Sec: Add a touch more for a sweeter sip. Start with 0.25 oz (7.5 ml) extra and adjust to taste.
  • Simple Syrup: Replace some of the yuzu juice with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled and cooled) for a sweeter, less citrusy drink. Start with 0.25 oz (7.5 ml) of simple syrup and adjust to taste.

Tartness:

  • More Lemon Juice: Add a few drops or up to 0.25 oz (7.5 ml) extra for a zestier kick.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Substitute part of the yuzu juice with fresh grapefruit juice (start with 0.5 oz/15 ml) for a sharper, more bittersweet twist.

Fizz:

  • Top with different sodas: Experiment with flavored sodas like grapefruit or elderflower for a unique twist. Start with a small amount and gradually add more.
  • Infused ice: Freeze fruits like raspberries or blueberries in your ice cubes for a subtle flavor infusion as the ice melts.

Calories and dietary considerations

Based on the quantities you provided (1 oz each of Empress Gin, Triple Sec, Yuzu, and Lemon Juice, topped with 2 oz Club Soda), the drink approximates 200-250 calories.

Remember, this is an estimate and can vary depending on the brands of spirits, exact sweetness of yuzu, and potential additions like simple syrup or garnishes.

Let’s talk about Dietary Considerations of this cocktail.

Gluten: Generally gluten-free unless specific brands of gin, Triple Sec, or yuzu contain gluten. Check labels.

Vegan: Can be vegan if all ingredients are chosen carefully (check labels for potential non-vegan additives).

Sugar: Contains sugar from Triple Sec, yuzu juice, and potentially lemon juice (depending on sweetness). Adjust with simple syrup options if needed.

Other potential allergens: Depending on individual sensitivities and specific brands, may contain eggs (rare in Triple Sec), dairy (rare in some liqueurs), or nuts (less likely, but check labels).

Alcohol content

The Purple Moon cocktail with our chosen quantities (1 oz each of Empress Gin, Triple Sec, Yuzu, and Lemon Juice, topped with 2 oz Club Soda) has an estimated alcohol content of around 7.2% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) or approximately 0.72 ounces of alcohol per serving.

When to Enjoy these Pretty Purple Cocktails

These vibrantly hued potions make the perfect addition to any stylish social gathering. Their eye-catching colors and balanced flavors mean they suit a variety of celebrations and occasions.

Pretty Purple Cocktails

The sparking Purple Moon cocktail is ideal for special events like engagement parties, birthdays, or New Year’s Eve celebrations where you want added festivity. I also love enjoying one as a weekend brunch drink alongside freshly baked goods.

The vodka-based original and gin-infused Violet Moon options work well for more casual summertime get-togethers like barbecue cookouts or sunset happy hours on the patio. Their fruity yet refreshing qualities quench the thirst on warm days.

Meaningful dates or date nights indoors are a wonderful time for the more sophisticated Yuzu and VOK Parfait Amour variations, given their elegant herbal-citrus profiles. Pouring one by the fireplace on a chilly night feels quite decadent.

What to Serve with these Cocktails

When hosting friends, I love dreaming up tasty dishes to pair with my handcrafted beverages. These vivid violet libations truly shine when accompanied by flavors that complement their complex profiles.

Food Pairings for Purple Moon Cocktail

When hosting friends for drinks on my back porch, I love keeping nibbles casual yet colorful. Homemade bruschetta hits the spot – I top thick slices of ciabatta with juicy berries like raspberries straight from the farmers market.

How can guests resist sugar cookies in fun shades of lavender and fuchsia? For something lighter,I set out a crudités platter with carrot and celery sticks plus my secret recipe herb dip.

Food Pairings for Violet Moon Cocktail

This blueberry gin version pairs perfectly with picnic fare. My go-to is a fruit salad tossed with seasonal gems -I add blueberries, blackberries, and orange wedges just picked from the tree. For this, you can also go for Blue Hawaiian cocktail, which is inspired by Buffalo wild wings restuarant.

Mini quiches and empanada turnovers from my favorite local bakery also travel well and satisfy different tastes.

Food Pairings for Purple Moon Sparkler

Bubbly get-togethers require whimsical flourishes. In addition to shrimp with zesty horseradish, I bake macarons tinted periwinkle and rose to match this effervescent libation’s festive spirit. A tiered layer cake usually becomes the showstopping centerpiece, whether in rosy lavender or regal plum hues.

Food Pairings for Purple Moon with Yuzu Cocktail

More fancy snacks pair well. Fish patties topped with a creamy yuzu sauce balance the bright citrus. Dates stuffed with meat and cheese satisfy savory tastes.

Food Pairings for VOK Parfait Amour Martini

Rich flavors accompany this refined martini. Brie toasts on mini baguettes spread with warm fig jam paired with pistachios make the luxurious finish it calls for. Elegant and utterly satisfying!

Can you store these Purple moon cocktails?

Can you store these Purple moon cocktails?

Unfortunately, storing these purple moon cocktails for later isn’t recommended. Here are my Storing Tips for Leftover Purple moon cocktails.

Purple Moon Cocktail

If any of this fruity vodka cocktail remains after my get-together, I found it holds up well sealed in the refrigerator for a couple of days. The cool temperature helps maintain the vibrant color and slows oxidation. I like to use a resealable bottle or jar to keep carbonation from flattening if serving it over ice later.

Leftover Violet Moon Cocktail

As an amateur mixologist, I’m always experimenting with innovative combos. The blueberry notes in this gin version can fade over time once mixed, so I don’t advise long storage. Within 24 hours in the fridge should keep it tasting fresh, or else enjoy any remnants on the spot!

Purple Moon Sparkler

Since bubbly plays a starring role, this one sadly won’t maintain effervescence overnight. I quickly finish any remnants as the champagne adds such festive flare. However, the diluted mixture could be used as a base for next time’s batch!

Purple Moon with Yuzu Cocktail

Complex flavors like this cocktail’s demand care. Within 2-3 days sealed in the refrigerator, the bright citrus and herbal notes stay balanced. A sterilized glass bottle or jar prevents flavors from transferring too.

VOK Parfait Amour Martini

As the most refined of the group, this martini benefits from prompt enjoyment. While refrigerated, the subtleties may last up to 48 hours. I prefer savoring the last sips freshly mixed for full effect!

History of Purple moon cocktail

The Purple Moon cocktail first emerged sometime in the 1970s and 80s, likely born from the era’s love for fun colors and fruity drinks.

While its exact origin is a bit unclear, it might have blossomed in tiki bars or discotheques, where its beauty and vibrancy would have fit right in.

Back then, recipes varied a bit. Some used schnapps instead of curaçao, or different fruit juices instead of cherry. But the core ingredients – vodka, blue liqueur, citrus, and a sweet-tart balance – stayed the same, making the Purple Moon a recognizable favorite.

Check some more cocktails with Peach schnapps like Green Tea Shot and my favorite Peach Tea Shot.

History of Purple moon cocktail

Fast-forward to today, and the Purple Moon is enjoying a comeback thanks to its stunning looks and refreshing taste. It’s perfect for pool parties, casual gatherings, or just adding a touch of magic to any night.

If you love Tea shots, do not forget to check out some of best Tea shots:

Conclusion

I hope this guide has given you some fun new cocktail ideas to try! Playing with different ingredients is what makes crafting drinks such a creative process.

Whether you stick close to the classic Purple Moon recipe or put your own spin on it, the choices offer something for all kinds of get-togethers.

And for your information, price of Purple moon cocktails at bars is between $8- 13. However, the average cost to make one serving of any of these purple moon cocktails at home would be $2-4 per drink.

This assumes you already have basic mixers, liqueurs and spirits on hand. The cost comes from just the variable ingredients you need to purchase.

Please let me know if you end up mixing one of these purple potions. I’d love to hear about your experience – which recipe was a hit with guests? Did anyone experiment with a new twist on flavors? Drop your experience with this cocktail!

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