Purple Haze: 4 Ways to Make the Fun Vodka Drink

Purple Haze
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

The purple haze is a fun and popular mixed drink. It's an easy one to mix up and there are many recipes for you to try. Whether you're in the mood for a refreshing highball, a casual lowball, a fancy martini, or a quick shot, there's a purple haze for you.

Essentially, "purple haze" is a popular name for a great variety of purple-colored drinks. Typically, the recipes include vodka with a fruit liqueur and possibly a splash of soda. You can also find recipes that contain absinthe or sambuca and some that resembled a purple Long Island Iced Tea.

To narrow down your options, we'll stick with four common recipes. This drink even comes with its own soundtrack, so queue up some Jimi Hendrix and let's start mixing.

A Cranberry Purple Haze Recipe

There are not many purple-colored liqueurs in the bar so a little color chemistry is required to get the drink's signature color. In this recipe, we'll add a raspberry liqueur like Chambord to cranberry juice to produce a deep purple. The drink is sometimes called the vampire.

This is one of the more pleasant purple haze recipes because it builds on the popular vodka-cranberry base that is the Cape Codder. The liqueur adds a sweetness that intensifies the drink's fruitiness. It's a simple addition that can break up a routine.

This one may be a little too sweet for some tastes and you can instantly make it more refreshing by adding a splash of soda. Ginger ale is the perfect option, though almost any clear soda will do the trick.


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  • 1 1/2 ounces ​vodka
  • 1/2 ounce​ black raspberry liqueur
  • 2​ ounces cranberry juice (more or less)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the vodka and black raspberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker with ice.

  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

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  4. Top with cranberry juice.

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  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Lemonade Purple Haze: Pour 1 1/2 ounces vodka and 1 ounce Chambord into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with equal parts lemonade and lemon-lime soda, stir, and garnish with a lemon wedge.
  • Purple Haze Martini: Shake 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce blue curaçao, and 1/2 ounce grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime twist.
  • Purple Haze Shooters: There are two equally popular purple haze shot recipes. One follows the vodka-Chambord-soda combination used in the lemonade recipe above. Simply mix equal parts of the three ingredients and fill a shot glass or two. This second purple haze shot is much different. In this recipe, you will mix grape and peach schnapps with rum. The three ingredients mix up for a pretty tasty shooter. To make the shot, shake and strain 1 ounce grape schnapps (e.g., Grape Pucker) with 1/2 ounce each rum and peach schnapps into a chilled shot glass.

How Strong Are the Purple Haze Drinks?

The purple haze drinks vary greatly in style and the amount of alcohol they contain. If you're looking for a softer drink, the lemonade recipe is probably the way to go. The martini and shooter will be your strongest versions. It's pretty interesting to see how they weigh in when compared side-by-side.

  • Cranberry Purple Haze: 19 percent ABV (36 proof)
  • Lemonade Purple Haze: 15 percent ABV (30 proof)
  • Purple Haze Martini: 26 percent ABV (52 proof)
  • Purple Haze Shot: 23 percent ABV (46 proof)