Jamaican Purple Rain Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Jamaican Purple Rain is a vibrant, eye-catching cocktail that's as fun to look at as it is to drink. It's a tropical twist on the classic Purple Rain cocktail, which is said to have been named after the Prince song and movie of the same name. This version adds a splash of Jamaican rum for a little extra kick. It's a hit at parties and is sure to impress anyone who enjoys fruity, tropical drinks.

How Jamaican Purple Rain Tastes?

This cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour, with a hint of tropical fruitiness. The blue curacao and grenadine give it a sweet, citrusy flavor, while the pineapple juice and lime add a tangy kick. The Jamaican rum provides a warm, spicy undertone that perfectly balances the sweetness.

Interesting facts about Jamaican Purple Rain

  • The Jamaican Purple Rain is a variation of the Purple Rain cocktail, which is named after the 1984 Prince song and movie.
  • The cocktail's vibrant purple color comes from the combination of blue curacao and grenadine.
  • Despite its sweet taste, this cocktail packs a punch thanks to the Jamaican rum.


Blue Curacao

A splash of the blues to get you in the island mood! Blue curacao brings a vibrant color and a subtle orange flavor to the mix. This liqueur is essential for the 'purple' hue when mixed with grenadine. If left out, you'd have a less colorful and slightly less sweet drink.

Alternative: Try orange liqueur for a different color and stronger orange zest.

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A dash of sweet romance! Grenadine adds a rich, red color and a sweet pomegranate-like flavor. Without it, you'd miss out on the sweet contrast and that signature purple rain look.

Alternative: Raspberry syrup can offer a similar color and a berry twist.

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Jamaican Rum

The heart and soul of this cocktail! Jamaican rum brings warmth, complexity, and its distinctive tropical aura. Skimp on this and you're going to lose the Jamaican spirit in your purple rain.

Alternative: Cuban or Barbadian rum could substitute, altering the flavor profile slightly.

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Pineapple Juice

Your tropical getaway in a glass! Pineapple juice offers a tart sweetness, balancing the rum and grenadine. If omitted, you'd have a much stronger and less balanced cocktail.

Alternative: Mango juice could be used for a different tropical spin.

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Lime Juice

The zesty wake-up call! Lime juice provides a bright acidity that cuts through the sweetness, keeping the cocktail from being too cloying. Less lime juice and the drink might be overly sweet; too much and it could become too tart.

Alternative: Lemon juice for a slightly different, but equally refreshing, tang.

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Ice Cubes

Chill out! Ice cubes are crucial for diluting the strong flavors and chilling the drink for a refreshing experience. No ice means a warm cocktail that won't be as enjoyable.

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Pineapple Slice and Cherry

The finishing tropical touch that also gives a nod to those classic cocktail garnishes. They're eye candy, but they also hint at the flavors within the drink.

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Recipe. How to make Jamaican Purple Rain Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add blue curacao, grenadine, Jamaican rum, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are fully mixed.
  • Serve in a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cold for longer.
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The light, refreshing flavors of the cocktail with its fruity and citrus notes complement the smokiness of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken: The spicy kick of jerk seasoning is balanced nicely by the sweetness and tanginess of the cocktail.
  • Tropical Salads: Salads with mango, papaya, or pineapple chunks can enhance the tropical vibe of the Jamaican Purple Rain.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, coconut water would continue the tropical theme without competing with the flavors of the cocktail.
  • Iced Tea: A glass of lightly sweetened iced tea can provide a refreshing palate cleanser between sips of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Jamaican Purple Rain

  • If you don't have blue curacao, you can use any other orange-flavored liqueur.
  • You can substitute the Jamaican rum with any other type of rum, but it may alter the taste slightly.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a mix of pomegranate juice and sugar as a substitute.

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Spicy Purple Rain

Add a small pinch of cayenne pepper or slice of jalapeno to the shaker before mixing. It'll introduce a fiery twist that heats up the Jamaican vibe.

Purple Rain Royale

Top the drink with a splash of champagne or sparkling wine after pouring it into the glass, bringing a touch of elegance and effervescence to the occasion.

Berry Purple Rain

Swap the grenadine for blackberry syrup and add a few fresh berries to the shaker. This will give the cocktail a deeper berry flavor and a richer purple color.

In case you forgot basics how to make Jamaican Purple Rain

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Jamaican Purple Rain

Is this cocktail vegan-friendly?

Yes, the Jamaican Purple Rain cocktail is vegan-friendly as it primarily contains fruit juices and spirits.

What is the origin of the Blue Curacao?

Blue Curacao is a type of liqueur made primarily in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, renowned for its blue color.

Can I prepare this cocktail in a large batch for a party?

Yes, you can easily adjust the quantity of the ingredients to suit your party size. Ensure you maintain the proportions so the taste stays consistent.

How can I adjust the alcohol content?

You can adjust the alcohol content by increasing or reducing the amount of Jamaican rum based on preference.

Does the type of ice cubes matter for this cocktail?

No, as long as the drink is chilled. However, larger ice cubes tend to melt slower, and thus dilute the drink less.

What can I pair with this cocktail?

The Jamaican Purple Rain pairs beautifully with tropical or Caribbean cuisines due to its sweet and tangy notes.

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