It seems that everyone has their own twist on the Purple People Eater, and it has become a catch-all for any purple drink that doesn’t really have a name. What they all have in common, however, is the inclusion of grenadine syrup and blue Curacao. It is the combination of the two that makes the rich purple colour in cocktails like the Purple Rain and Purple Shimmering Champagne.
Blue Curacao is a liqueur made from the peel of the lahara fruit, which is grown in Curacao, an Island in the South Caribbean Sea. The lahara is similar to an orange, but the flesh of the fruit is bitter and inedible. The peel, however, is aromatic and flavourful, reminiscent of a Valencia orange. Curacao is a clear liqueur, often artificially coloured a brilliant blue to for use in a whole variety of cocktails. It is also produced with flavour additives, like coffee and chocolate.
The only company still using genuine lahara peel for their Curacao is the Senior Distillery, still located on the island. Other brands use alternative types of citrus peel for their Curacao liqueurs.
Our Purple People Eater recipe is easy to make and not too sweet. It’s another popular Halloween drink, but we think it makes an excellent pre-dinner drink on any night of the year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 45ml Vodka
- 30ml Blue Curacao
- 30ml Sweet and Sour Mix
- 15ml Grenadine
- 30ml Cran-Grape Juice
- Lemon-Lime soda
- Slice of lemon to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add all of the ingredients except the lemon-lime soda.
- Shake vigorously.
- Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
- Pour in the contents of the cocktail shaker.
- Top up with lemon-lime soda.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon.