Thug Passion Cocktail Recipe

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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 Thug Passion cocktail is said to have been popularized by the late rapper Tupac Shakur. It is a simple yet delicious concoction that has gained popularity among hip-hop fans and cocktail enthusiasts alike. This drink is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and fruity beverage with a touch of sophistication.

  • Background: The Thug Passion is a combination of Alizé, a French passion fruit liqueur, and champagne. The drink is said to represent the duality of Tupac's persona - the Alizé representing his passionate, artistic side and the champagne symbolizing his luxurious, thug lifestyle.
  • Who would like: Fans of Tupac, hip-hop culture, and those who enjoy fruity, bubbly cocktails.

How Thug Passion Tastes?

The Thug Passion has a sweet, fruity taste with a hint of tartness from the passion fruit. The champagne adds a touch of effervescence and sophistication, making it a well-balanced and refreshing drink.

Interesting facts about Thug Passion

  • Tupac Shakur mentioned Thug Passion in his song 'Thug Passion'
  • Alizé is a French liqueur made from a blend of passion fruit, cherries, ginger, and other natural exotic fruit juices.
  • Thug Passion is often served at hip-hop themed parties and events.


Alizé: 1.5 oz

The Alizé adds a distinctive tropical and passion fruit flavor that is the backbone of the Thug Passion's unique taste. If you skimp on it, you'll miss the fruity punch; overdose, and you'll drown out the champagne's sophistication. Can't find Alizé? Try a mix of passion fruit liqueur and a splash of cranberry for a similar vibe, but note that the drink may end up a touch more tart.

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Champagne: 3 oz

Champagne brings the fizz and class, elevating the drink to celebratory status. Using less would make the cocktail less lively, while too much can make the drink too dry and overshadow the Alizé. If Champagne is out of reach, Prosecco is a wallet-friendly bubbly that will keep the party popping, though it may be a tad sweeter.

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Recipe. How to make Thug Passion Drink

  1. Chill both the Alizé and champagne in the refrigerator.
  2. Fill a champagne flute halfway with the chilled Alizé.
  3. Top off the glass with the chilled champagne.
  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Make sure both the Alizé and champagne are well-chilled before mixing to ensure the best flavor and consistency.
  • For a fun twist, try using different flavored Alizé liqueurs or adding a splash of fruit juice to customize your Thug Passion.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi: The light and fruity notes of the Alizé complement the delicate flavors of sushi, especially those with a hint of sweetness like eel or shrimp.
  • Fruit Platters: Fruits like melons, berries, or tropical fruits pair nicely, echoing the Alizé's fruity character.
  • Cheese Boards: Opt for mild cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, which will not overpower the cocktail's flavor.

Drink Pairings

  • Mineral Water: To cleanse the palate between sips without conflicting with the sweet and bubbly nature of the cocktail.
  • Iced Green Tea: Offers a refreshing, slightly bitter counterpoint to the sweetness of the Thug Passion.

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What you could change in Thug Passion

  • Alizé: You can substitute Alizé with another passion fruit liqueur or a combination of passion fruit juice and a splash of vodka.
  • Champagne: If you prefer a less bubbly drink, you can replace the champagne with a white wine or sparkling water.

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Berry Passion

  • Substitute traditional Champagne with a Rosé Champagne for a beautiful color and a berry twist.
  • Add a few fresh raspberries to the glass for an extra fruity touch.
  • The drink will have a richer, slightly tarter profile, perfect for those who enjoy a touch of berry tartness alongside their bubbles.

Tropical Twist

  • Add 0.5 oz of coconut rum to the mix before topping with champagne.
  • Garnish with a piece of pineapple or a maraschino cherry.
  • This version transports you to a sandy beach with its additional layer of tropical coconut flavor, introducing a more summery vibe.

Citrus Spark

  • Include 0.5 oz of orange liqueur, such as Cointreau, before the champagne.
  • Express an orange peel over the glass for a zesty aroma.
  • The citrus liqueur complements the passion fruit while adding a sophisticated sharpness, making for a more complex, citrus-forward sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Thug 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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Frequently Asked Questions on Thug Passion

What is the alcohol content of the Thug Passion cocktail?

The alcohol content of Thug Passion can vary based on the types of Alizé and champagne used. However, it is typically a moderately strong cocktail due to the combination of liqueur and champagne.

Who originated the Thug Passion cocktail?

The Thug Passion cocktail was popularized by the late rapper Tupac Shakur, however, its exact origin is unknown.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Thug Passion?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of Thug Passion can be made by substituting the Alizé with passion fruit juice and the champagne with sparkling water.

Can I use other fruit liqueurs instead of Alizé?

Yes, while Alizé, a French passion fruit liqueur, is one of the key components of Thug Passion, the cocktail can also be made with other types of fruit liqueurs as per individual preference.

Is it appropriate to use any kind of glasses to serve Thug Passion?

While Thug Passion is traditionally served in a champagne flute, it can be served in any glass. The choice of glass can affect the experience of drinking the cocktail.

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