A tasty (and creepy!) cocktail that gets its purple hue from blue curacao, grenadine, and cranberry juice. A perfectly purple cocktail for any party!

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Purple People Eater Cocktail! A tasty (and creepy!) cocktail that gets its purple hue from blue curacao, grenadine, and cranberry juice. A perfectly purple cocktail for any party! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Purple People Eater Cocktail

Halloween is one of the best holidays to have fun with festive food and drinks, and this spooky purple people eater cocktail is no exception.

Because, I mean, have you seen the deep purple hue of this drink? Or the bright purple sanding sugar? Both create a pretty drink on their own, but once you jazz it up with a black or orange straw, you’ve got an iconic look that’s perfect for a Halloween party or movie night.

Can this drink be made in advance?

Yes, it totally can!

If you’d like to whip up a large batch in advance (be sure to check the “how to measure this cocktail section”), feel free to whip up as much as you need and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Can you decorate the glasses in advance, too?

Yes, the glasses could be decorated in advance, too, but be careful; it doesn’t take much for the sugar to fall off, whether it be gravity or a gentle touch. And how well the sugar sticks to the glass will depend on what you use to adhere the sugar to the glass (whether it be simple syrup, fruit juice, etc).

Because how well this works could depend on a lot of factors (like temperature, humidity) I would recommend testing this with one glass and see how long the decoration holds up. Store the glass in the refrigerator or a cool place to help keep the sugar from sliding down the glass. And no matter what you plan, I’d recommend not letting the prepared glasses sit for more than four to six hours before serving.

How to make a purple people eater drink.

What’s in a purple people eater cocktail?

To craft this purple drink, you’ll need to have the following on hand:

  • Vodka – Any non-flavored type or brand will do.
  • Blue Curacao – A sweet liquor with a blue hue. Flavored from the dried peel of bitter oranges.
  • Cranberry Juice – This helps add some fruity flavor to the drink as well as some strong coloring.
  • Sweet and Sour Mix – A standard in many mixed drinks, this adds some sweetness with a dash of tartness.
  • Grenadine – Another mixed drink favorite, this helps smooth out the flavor while also adding a strong dose of red coloring. Also helps sub some of the tartness of the cranberry juice.

How to measure this cocktail

This cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.”

This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.

For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)

This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.

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Recipe Details

Purple People Eater Cocktail! A tasty (and creepy!) cocktail that gets its purple hue from blue curacao, grenadine, and cranberry juice. A perfectly purple cocktail for any party! | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.89 from 105 votes

Purple People Eater Cocktail

5 mins prep
370 kcal
Yields: 1 drink
A tasty (and creepy!) cocktail that gets its purple hue from blue curacao, grenadine, and cranberry juice. A perfect cocktail for any type of party!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • On a small plate, add purple sugar. Wet the rim of a glass with simple syrup (or cranberry juice or just water) and gently dab the top the glass in the purple sugar, coating the rim. See above video for example. Set glass aside.
  • Combine vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix, grenadine, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until combined.
  • Fill the sugar-coated glass with ice. Pour purple people eater cocktail mix into glass until full.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Sodium: 20mg | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Iron: 0.3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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77 comments

    • Symmone Clements
    • 1 star

    Way too sweet was like drinking syrup. Added 2 liters of tonic and still not drinkable would not recommend

    • Kit

    I’ve had these at a local bar. SO good. Very dangerous. They go down very easily. The ones I’ve had are made with Welch’s grape juice.

    • Josh the Mosh
    • 5 stars

    My first experience with this drink was going to a restaurant were it was on the menu as a “Purple haze”. I like the Jimi Hendrix reference more than that silly “Purple People Eater” song (plus, it really does put your brain in a haze). The only difference is that the cranberry juice is optional, so I make it with one part Grenadine, two parts Blue Curacao and three parts Vodka. Very delicious and all my friends who have tried it want more.

    • nathalienathalie48ème

    ces quoi un mélange d’aigredouce et où peux ton lobtenir

    • Kurtis
    • 5 stars

    I used sweet and sour mix and also tried with lemon lime seltzer water as it’s a little on the sweet side with the curaçao and grenadine. Overall a great drink, even works with rum

    • Elisabeth

    Hey. I made this for a small party. We did Vodva. Blue Curarco and cranberry juice. Over ice. Topped with Sprite and lemon wedges. It was a great purple color which was the color theme of party. Everyone loved. I think I was calling it “Purple Rain”. 😆. Thanks great recipe.