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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Recipe Rating


    • MrsWhitten
    • 4 stars

    Posting 4 stars only because, though it’s YUMMY, it can be made just by mixing ¢.50 grape Kool-Aid and dumping vodka in it. Save some dallahssss….

    • Mrs. T

    Loved the idea for my upcoming Halloween party. However, I made a sample glass, and this is SWEEEEET. Tastes like a melted freeze pop. Not my favorite. Also came out more dark blue than purple. I added some seltzer, helped soften the taste.

    • Susan

    Could this be made and put in a punch bowl?

    • Nazra Boyle

    Can you make the sweet and sour mix at home instead of buying it at the liquor store?

    • J
    • 4 stars

    I was thinking for more purple add Chambrode liquor..

    • Viktorija

    mwahahaha, ice wedges look like bones of the ones it devoured. Creepy! Awesome!

    • Shelley P.

    Can you make this in advance for a large party and refrigerate it until party time?

    • Linda
    • 5 stars

    Super easy to make. Mine turned out very dark too, but once I added the ice the nice purple hue was there. I made my own purple sugar too by adding a few drops of food colouring in a plastic sandwich bag. 👍

    • Keith
    • 5 stars

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing. I have a sodastream so made some club soda and added the for some fizz. Made it even more fun. I can’t say how much I added, as I just did it to taste. Lightens the color a bit too, but still purple!

    • Tara Dorough
    • 4 stars

    I was wondering how parts in the recipe for people people eaters is a part is equal to a cup? If I did the math correct then it calls for 5.5 cups of liquid plus the ice, this will not fit in a mason jar the size it looked like you were holding. So did the written story get the size of your past wrong or is the recipe wrong? Thank you for your time.

      • Ron
      • 4 stars

      Did you even read the whole article? She explained it all already. Sheesh…

    • FandomEats
    • 5 stars

    Oh, this looks amazing. Saving for later!

    • Norma

    The color doesn’t turn out that way if you follow the recipe.

    • Stacy Neulinger
    • 5 stars

    We just made these and they were good BUT ours came out black. I mean it looked like tar water…lol! What are we doing wrong????

      • Chrisy

      Oh no, sorry to hear that Stacy! I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard that before, so not quite sure :O Did you use extra cranberry juice? Or maybe used an alternative? The cranberry juice IS very dark in color, so if a lot was used it could end up dominating the drink. Also, did you serve it with ice? The ice helps bring out the hue.

        • Michelle Lunde
        • 4 stars

        Add more vodka 😁

        • Lara

        Mine is more black then purple too.

      • Megan

      This looks awesome for our upcoming Halloween party! Do you think it would serve well from a drink dispenser or would it likely separate? Thanks for the advice.

      • Karine Richard

      What is sweet and sour mix exactly?

        • Chrisy

        Hey Karine! Sweet and Sour Mix is just a sweetener that has a slightly citrus taste 🙂 You can see an example of it here: http://amzn.to/2gQIsIs

      • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me
      • 5 stars

      love love love this! That color is fab. Also vodka. 🙌🏻

      • Blair

      Oh man the Purple People Eater? I gotta try it and I can only hope it tastes as good as the PPE from Pat O’Briens NOLA

      • Fe

      Name for Anytime of the year: “purple rain”
      … even more appropriate bc the condensation!
      Karaoke Prince/ ’80s party… ????????it!!!!

      • Trina

      What is the sweet and sour mix? Can you buy it at the liquor store?
      Looks yummy.

        • Chrisy

        Hey Trina! Yes, sweet and sour mix is pretty common at liquor stores as well as grocery stores. You’ll find it near things like mudslide or bloody mary mix 😀 Typically in a large bottle and yellow in color.

      • Brandy

      How much of each would I need to use to make a large amount for a party? Like 30-40 drinks?

      • Hey Brandy! Did you try changing the number of servings within the recipe card? Below the ingredients is a black bar, and if you click on the box next to “servings’, you can adjust it to how many drinks you want to make. It’ll try to calculate how much you’d need of each ingredient.