Purple Hooter Cocktail Recipe

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Purple Hooter Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:20%

Created by

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 Purple Hooter is a fun, vibrant cocktail that's been a staple in bars and nightclubs since the 1980s. It's a fruity, sweet shooter that's perfect for those who enjoy a lighter, more refreshing cocktail. Its bright purple color makes it a standout among other cocktails, and it's often served at parties and celebrations.

  • Originated in the 1980s
  • Known for its vibrant purple color
  • Popular at parties and celebrations

How Purple Hooter Tastes?

The Purple Hooter has a sweet, fruity taste with a hint of tartness from the lime juice. The raspberry liqueur gives it a rich, berry flavor, while the vodka adds a bit of a kick. It's a light, refreshing cocktail that's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Purple Hooter

  • The Purple Hooter is often served as a shooter, but it can also be enjoyed as a cocktail over ice.
  • Despite its sweet, fruity flavor, the Purple Hooter is a fairly strong cocktail due to the vodka.
  • The cocktail gets its distinctive purple color from the raspberry liqueur.


A few good options for Purple Hooter are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka is the foundation that gives this cocktail its kick. Using 1 oz ensures that the cocktail is potent without overwhelming the delicate raspberry and lime flavors. Less vodka might make it too light, while more could overpower other ingredients. Missing vodka? Try using a clear, unflavored rum for a slightly sweeter, more tropical twist.

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Raspberry Liqueur

Adding 1 oz provides a vibrant raspberry flavor and a touch of sweetness, creating a delightful contrast with the acidic lime juice. Too little, and you'll miss out on the fruity essence; too much could lead to a cloyingly sweet drink. If you're out of raspberry liqueur, a blackberry liqueur could be a good substitute, offering a deeper berry note.

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Lime Juice

The 0.5 oz of lime juice brings balance with its tartness and acidity, cutting through the sweetness of the liqueur and adding freshness. Skimping on the lime juice might leave the cocktail too sweet, while too much could cause a pucker overload. No limes? Lemon juice can be a decent stand-in, but expect a slightly different citrus profile.

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Recipe. How to make Purple Hooter Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, raspberry liqueur, and lime juice.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a shot glass or over ice in a cocktail glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail until the shaker becomes frosty. This will ensure that the cocktail is well-chilled.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Platters: A selection of fine cheeses, especially those that have a creamy texture or a slight sweetness, like brie or goat cheese, can complement the fruity and tart notes of the Purple Hooter.
  • Desserts: Chocolate fondue or raspberry tarts will enhance the raspberry flavours in the cocktail. Light and airy desserts like mousse would also work well.
  • Light Snacks: Salty snacks like pretzels or chips can contrast the sweet and tart nature of the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: A refreshing glass of sparkling water between cocktails helps cleanse the palate.
  • Champagne: If you're feeling bubbly, pairing the Purple Hooter with Champagne can elevate the drink to a more celebratory status.

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What you could change in Purple Hooter

  • Raspberry Liqueur: Can be substituted with any other berry liqueur or a raspberry-flavored vodka.
  • Lime Juice: Can be substituted with lemon juice for a slightly different flavor.

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Blue Hooter

Follow the original recipe but replace the raspberry liqueur with blue curaçao. This gives the cocktail a tropical, orangey flavor and an electric blue color, making it a vibrant variant on the classic.

Purple Hooter Martini

Make it into a martini by shaking the ingredients with ice as usual, but serve it in a chilled martini glass and garnish with fresh raspberries or a twist of lime. This version feels more upscale and is great for sipping.

Spicy Hooter

Add a small slice of jalapeno to the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The spice will infuse the drink, adding a kick that contrasts with the sweet and fruity notes. It's perfect for those who want a bit of heat in their drink.

In case you forgot basics how to make Purple Hooter

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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Frequently Asked Questions on Purple Hooter

Why is it called a Purple Hooter?

This cocktail is known as a Purple Hooter because of its vibrant purple color, which comes from the raspberry liqueur used in the recipe.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Purple Hooter?

Yes, a non-alcoholic or 'mocktail' version can be made by substituting the vodka with soda water and the raspberry liqueur with a raspberry-flavored syrup or juice.

What glassware is best used for serving the Purple Hooter?

Though traditionally served as a shot, the Purple Hooter can also be enjoyed in a cocktail glass if being sipped instead of taken as a shot.

Does the Purple Hooter cocktail pair well with certain foods?

This sweet and fruity cocktail pairs well with party snacks, appetizers, and desserts, especially those with complementary fruity or tart flavors.

Can the Purple Hooter be batch-made for parties?

Absolutely! To batch-make the Purple Hooter, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of people you’re serving. Remember to adjust to taste, especially with the lime juice.

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