Purple Passion Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12%

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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 Purple Passion is a cocktail that gained popularity in the 1980s. It's a sweet, fruity cocktail that was a hit among young adults and college students. The cocktail is known for its vibrant purple color and its sweet, fruity taste. It's a great cocktail for those who enjoy sweet drinks and want something a bit different from the usual.

  • Originated in the 1980s
  • Popular among young adults and college students
  • Known for its vibrant purple color

How Purple Passion Tastes?

The Purple Passion is a sweet, fruity cocktail. It has a vibrant, tangy taste with a hint of citrus. The cocktail is light and refreshing, making it a great choice for a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Purple Passion

  • The Purple Passion is often served in a highball glass.
  • The cocktail is known for its vibrant purple color, which is achieved by mixing grape juice and vodka.
  • The Purple Passion is a popular choice for summer parties and gatherings due to its refreshing taste and vibrant color.


A few good options for Purple Passion are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka is the canvas of our Purple Passion, providing a neutral, clean spirit that allows the other flavors to shine. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to add a kick without overwhelming the cocktail. Vodka's like the friend who's always there to hype you up without stealing the spotlight.

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Grape Juice

At 3 oz, grape juice brings a sweet and fruity profile to the party, balancing the potency of vodka and giving our cocktail its signature purple hue. Grape juice is like the life of the party—you can't have a Purple Passion without it! If left out, you'd be sipping a very sad, very clear, tart vodka lemonade.

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Lemon Juice

Half an ounce of lemon juice adds that crucial zesty pop that cuts through the sweetness, rounding out the flavor profile into something far more sophisticated. Lemon juice is what keeps you coming back for another sip; it's that unexpected zest in life that keeps things interesting!

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Ice Cubes

Ice keeps everything chill—not just in temperature but also in taste, preventing the sweet and tart elements from running too hot on your palate. Without ice, you may as well be drinking room-temp grape vodka soup! And who wants that at a party?

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Recipe. How to make Purple Passion Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of vodka into the glass.
  3. Add 3 oz of grape juice.
  4. Add 0.5 oz of lemon juice.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving for a more refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: A selection of cheeses, particularly milder ones like mozzarella or mild cheddar, can complement the sweetness of the grape juice.
  • Light salads: Salads with a vinaigrette dressing can offer a refreshing counterbalance to the cocktail's rich grape flavor.

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken: The lean flavor of chicken pairs nicely with the fruitiness of the Purple Passion.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes, especially those with a citrusy element, harmonize with the lemon juice in the cocktail.


  • Fruit tarts: The acidity of the lemon juice and the sweetness of the grape juice make fruit tarts a delightful pairing.
  • Vanilla-based desserts: Vanilla ice cream or custard can soften and enhance the vodka's clean taste.

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What you could change in Purple Passion

  • Vodka can be substituted with gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Grape juice can be substituted with cranberry juice for a more tart flavor.

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Berry Passion

  • Swap grape juice for mixed berry juice
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice Blend the berry elements with the vodka for a tarter, more complex fruity profile. The cranberry juice brings a tangy sharpness, creating a refreshing Summer-time hit.

Tropical Passion

  • Use tropical juice (like passion fruit or pineapple)
  • Add a few mint leaves This version transports you to an island paradise, thanks to the exotic flavors. Mint adds a burst of freshness, while tropical juice brings a nectar-like sweetness.

Sparkling Passion

  • Replace grape juice with a grape soda or sparkling grape juice
  • Add a twist of lime zest This fizzy variant adds a playful effervescence to each sip, while the lime zest offers a different kind of citrus note, slightly more complex than lemon.

In case you forgot basics how to make Purple Passion

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Purple Passion

What type of vodka is best to use for a Purple Passion cocktail?

Any kind of standard, clear vodka will work well for a Purple Passion cocktail. You can also use flavored vodka to add a unique twist.

What other mixers go well with this drink?

Limoncello or a splash of lemonade can enhance the citrus notes in the Purple Passion. You can also add a sprig of fresh mint for an extra refreshing touch.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Purple Passion cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the vodka and use sparkling water or soda instead. You will still have the fruity, tangy flavor without the alcohol.

What are other similar fruity, refreshing cocktails that I might like if I enjoy the Purple Passion?

If you enjoy the Purple Passion cocktail, you might also like other fruity cocktails like a Strawberry Daiquiri, a Mojito, or a Bellini.

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