Wedding Cocktails (Purple Theme)
If your wedding color theme includes purple, consider serving a purple signature drink to your guests. One classy yet inexpensive way to go with drinks at your wedding is to serve beer, wine, champagne for a toast, and one signature cocktail drink. Serve the drink in pretty pitchers at each table and let your guests pour for themselves.
Alternatively, set up a bar with pitchers of your purple signature drink, various mixers (club soda, fruit juices, mixes), and various garnishes, and let your guests create their own version of your signature drink. Put up menus giving your guests different ideas on what kinds of purple drinks they can mix. Doing it this way is lots of fun for your guests and feels like an open bar yet is far less expensive than an open bar.
The most expensive yet most elegant way to present your signature drinks is to have an actual bar where a server makes each purple drink separately with flourish and personal service. Here again, you can set out recipe suggestions on a menu to help your guests decide which kind of purple signature drink they want. Another way to present your drink is to sugar or salt the rim. (Most of the drinks here should have a sugared rim.) If it’s summertime, you might want to consider having a blender at your bar.
Whichever way you choose to present your signature drink, be sure to name it and tie it in with your color theme and/or the first or last names of the bride and groom. Each recipe below has a suggested name, but you may want to come up with your own.
Purple Signature Drinks for Your Wedding – Liquors and Mixers
When concocting your purple drink, think of liquor and mixers that are already purple. Sure, you can always color your drink with food coloring, but it is best to start off with liquor and mixers that are already purple.
Some purple liquors include Parfait Amour (may be hard to find, look for Marie Brizzard brand), Seagram Gin & Juice Purple Rage, Icelandic Topas Vodka, Liqueur de Violette, Crème de Cassis, Black Sambuca Liqueur (deep purple, has an anise flavor), and Sizzup Purple Punch (cognac, vodka, and fruit). There are also a number of deep purple wines and purplish champagne you might want to look at.
Mixing two types of liquors (red and blue) can produce a purple cocktail also. For example, mix Raspberry schnapps with a Blue Curacao for a purple look. Experiment with the amounts of each to get the purple hue you want.
Some naturally purple mixers are Pom Blueberry, cranberry + blueberry juice, açai, grape juice, other non-alcoholic red and blue drinks mixed, and of course, ice cubes colored with purple food coloring. One note: Always serve a non-alcoholic purple signature drink for people who do not drink alcohol and for the kids, so that they may join in the festive nature of your purple themed wedding.
Purple garnishes are a challenge since few foods are naturally purple (cabbage, onion, kale, eggplant), but definitely use a garnish that reflects the taste of the drink, such as an orange slice. Of course, there are always those little purple umbrellas. Serve in elegant purple glasses to add to your purple theme.
Purple Signature Drinks for Your Wedding – Recipes
Following are some purple drinks your guests are sure to remember. Note: Add the ingredients in the order they are listed, and don’t skimp on the ice. If the drink does not call for ice in a collins glass, first shake the ingredients (not carbonated sodas) in a mixer and strain into a chilled martini or other glass.
2 oz. vodka
¾ oz. purple juice drink (Purple Drank™) – or a mix of cranberry and blueberry juices
½ oz. triple sec
Pour into a shaker glass filled with ice, shake, and drain into chilled glasses with ice. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
½ oz vodka
½ oz Chambord
Dash Sweet & Sour Mix
Dash Cranberry Juice
Pour into a shaker glass filled with ice, shake, and drain into chilled glasses with ice. While this is normally served in a shot glass, you can adjust the amount of the ingredients to fit in a highball glass. Garnish with a raspberry.
1 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or
POM 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 ½ oz Hpnotiq
1 ½ oz pineapple juice
Pour into a shaker glass filled with ice, shake, and drain into chilled glasses with ice. Garnish with a twist of orange rind.
1½ oz vodka
½ oz Raspberry Liqueur
Dash of Vermouth
½ oz Sweet & Sour Mix
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into chilled sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a raspberry.
1 oz coconut rum
1 oz triple sec
2 oz cranberry juice
½ oz blue curacao
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple chunk on a skewer.
2 oz grape vodka
1 oz regular vodka
Splash of triple sec
Splash of sweet & sour
Splash of Frangelica
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into rocks glass. Use purple Tootsie Pops as stirrers.
1 oz blue curaçao
1 oz. vodka or grape vodka
1 oz. lemon lime soda
3 dashes grenadine syrup
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into rocks or martini glass.
1 oz Mandarin vodka
1 oz Parfait Amour
1 oz cranberry juice
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into rocks glass. Garnish with slice or wedge of lime.
1½ oz white rum
1½ oz raspberry liqueur
½ oz simple syrup
Large dash of lime juice or Rose’s lime juice
Add ingredients (except soda) to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into highball glass. Fill with club soda. Color will be dark purple. For a more “purple” purple, add a dash of blue curaçao. Garnish with a blackberry and raspberry.
1 oz Pom or pomegranate mixer/juice
½ oz wild blueberry mixer/juice
1 oz vodka
½ oz raspberry Chambord
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until cold and frothy. Pour through strainer into chilled martini glasses.
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. tequila
3 oz. blueberry syrup
Add ingredients (except soda) to cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Pour through strainer into highball glass. Fill with club soda. Garnish with a raspberry.