Inexpensive Purple Signature Drink

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Welcome to Weddingbee! Could you do a dirty shirley (vodka, sprite and grenadine) and have the bartender do a drop of blue food dye? 

That would definitely be inexpensive. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@adalm03:  Chamboard and vodka with a splash of blue curacao usually makes a nice purple drink that’s pretty tasty.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m on the same mission… I have a bartender friend who is supposed to play with it and report back with the tastiest cheap purple drink he can come up with! I’ll let you know what he comes up with if you don’t find something else first.

Post # 9
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m definitely interested in this one too.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@adalm03:  I found another recipe for vodka, cranberry juice, and blue curacao.  A sweeter purple cosmo.

Post # 11
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1111 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Purple Alien!  It will be 1 of our signature drinks and it’s delicious.  It’s not too pricy and it’s cherry whiskey, blue curacao, grenadine, and 7-Up. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I recommend NOT dying your drink a color.  Some dyes can dye peoples’ tongues and teeth which is not cute, and if spilled they can stain.  It’s also just not that appetizing to drink something dark colored unless you expect it to be dark (coffee, etc).  Purple-colored liqueurs tend to be fakey tasting and not appropriate for a classy event imo- better for a frat party.

I recommend choosing a drink you like the taste of and finding a garnish that matches your theme.  Garnish with blackberries, for example- they’re kind of a blackish purple.  Muddling takes time, but if you’re prebatching the drinks, mash up a bunch of blackberries to give the drink some color (it might turn out reddish, not sure- you’d have to try it).  Maybe a blackberry margarita or similar.  Blueberries are dark in color as well. Typically drinks don’t have more than one type of liquor so that shouldn’t be a problem.  They are usually a liquor, a liqueur (sweet and alcoholic, usually lower in alcohol than liquor), and mixers including juice or soda.  Another option is to use grape juice as your base and add alcohol.

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