Purple Haze: 4 Recipes for the Fun and Popular Vodka Drink

Purple Haze Cocktail
A perfectly purple drink, there are many ways to make a Purple Haze and you will find vodka in most. Which will you try?. Preappy / Getty Images
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There are many ways to make a Purple Haze drink. Among the drink options are highballs, lowballs, martinis and shots, so there is certain to be a Purple Haze recipe for everyone.

If you do a search, you will find that the 'Purple Haze' drink can take very dramatic turns. Essentially, it is a popular name for many purple-colored drinks. Typically, the recipes include vodka with a fruit liqueur and possibly a splash of soda. I have also spotted recipes that contain absinthe or sambuca and even one that resembled a purple Long Island Iced Tea.

I have included four different Purple Haze recipes below. However you decide to take this popular cocktail, it is sure to be fun because we do love purple drinks!

Fun Fact: If you haven't figured it out yet, the Purple Haze drinks are named after the famous song by the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Should that be news to you, I highly recommend that you stop right now and go listen to it before proceeding to the drinks!

A Cranberry Purple Haze Recipe

There are not many purple-colored liqueurs in the bar so we often need to mix ingredients to create the Purple Haze's signature color. In this recipe, we are going to add a raspberry liqueur like Chambord to cranberry juice to produce a deep purple.

I find this to be one of the most 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 and that simple addition is a nice way to break up a routine.

This drink 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.

You may also find this cocktail with the name Vampire.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the vodka and black raspberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with cranberry juice.

A Tall Purple Haze Drink Recipe

Similar to the first drink, this recipe is a little more refreshing and the lemonade instantly makes it the perfect summertime drink. It's easy enough to serve at your neighborhood cookout and the flavor combination is one that almost everyone will love.

To make this drink, pour 1 1/2 ounces vodka and 1 ounce Chambord in 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 Recipe

It's time to go back to elementary school art class: red and blue make purple. That is the key to creating the violet color of this Purple Haze Martini.

Not only do the blue curacao and grenadine combine to create a beautiful cocktail, they also make this a fun and fruity vodka martini that is ideal for summer parties.

To make this drink, shake 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce blue curacao, 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 Shooter Recipe

There are two equally popular Purple Haze shot recipes. One follows the vodka-Chambord-soda combination used in the tall lemonade recipe above. Simply mix equal parts of the three ingredients and fill a shot glass or two.

This second Purple Haze shot is considerably different and that is why I chose to feature it. In this recipe, you will find grape and peach schnapps mixed 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 highball is probably the way to go. On the other hand, the martini and shot will be your strongest versions. It's pretty interesting to see how they weigh in when side-by-side.

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