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.

What are the exact measurements for one drink?

In a hurry and want simple measurements for just one drink? No problem! Just use this as a guide:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • 1 oz cranberry juice or grape juice

You can also select “Metric” measurements in the recipe card below to see these numbers.

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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
3.96 from 120 votes

Purple People Eater Cocktail

5 mins prep
335 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!



  • 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.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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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    • Kathleen

    Being from Minnesota, this drink works well for football season with the Mn Vikings, also known as “the purple-people-eaters”!

    • That’s so true Kathleen, I never thought of that! 😀

    • Catherine Hannigan

    Where do you get purple sugar?

    • Hey Catherine! You can use purple sanding sugar / purple sugar sprinkles like this: http://amzn.to/2cCWjjk. This time of year you can usually find a nice, deep purple in the Halloween baking displays.

    • Mary` Goodman

    just learning, just what does 1 part mean?

    • Hey Mary! For drinks, “1 part” typically means 1 standard shot glass (the short, stout ones, measuring about 1.5 oz) but you can also think of it as a ratio. So for example, say you were making these drinks for a big party – you could replace “part” with “cup” and measure out all the ingredients using cups and still make a drink that tastes the same (but you’d have a LOT more of it!) Using that example, that would mean all of the ingredients would be 1 cup, except for the vodka, which would be 1 1/2 cups.

      Hope that helps! 😀

    • Amber Harvell

    Such a beautiful and tasty looking drink!! 😀

    • Marsha | Marsha’s Baking Addiction

    Such a gorgeous colour! I think I need to make these for Halloween!

    • Thanks Marsha! If you made the drink, I hope you liked it 😀

    • Debbie

    I would drink this just for the purple sugar. So cool!

    • Ashley

    Yum! This drink looks and sounds delicious!

    • Katalina @ Peas & Peonies

    Love the purple color, these are so festive, love love love the color!

    • Dia

    Stumbled and tweeted! This looks so good. I love cranberry and vodka lol Thanks for sharing

    • Emily

    Wow, these are so beautiful and perfect for Halloween parties! I want one now!

    • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    WHat a gorgeous color! Prfect for Halloween and now I am going to be singing that song all day!

  • Such a stunning cocktail! Not so much into Haloween this year but I would love one of these purple beauties 🙂

    • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    Love this! So fun!

    • Christine from Cook the Story

    What a fun Halloween cocktail. So creative!

    • Florian @ContentednessCooking

    This looks so colorful and inviting! Amazing color, beautiful!

    • Lauren

    This is so pretty and I love vodka so I bet I would really enjoy this one!

    • Jamie | The Kitchenarium
    • 5 stars

    These are seriously fantastic. I know what I will be sipping on while handing out candy on Saturday. Cheers!

    • Thanks Jamie! If you made it, I hope you liked it!

    • Kristina
    • 5 stars

    so pretty! I love a fun and festive vodka cocktail…

    • Amy @ Accidental Happy Baker
    • 5 stars

    Oh, I love your photos. Purple is my favorite color so I would be all about these fun drinks.

    • Angie
    • 5 stars

    That looks like fun and it’s GORGEOUS! Great photos!

        • Tammy

        Have you tried this drink with gin? I can not drink vodka.

          • Bennington

          Looks good…as a bartender I always used the sour mix to rim my glasses. I like the tartness it brings to a sugar rim and the touch of sweetness to the salt rim.

          • Char

          Tammy I’d go with white rum rather than ginyo replace the vodka in this.