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Apr 19, 2007 11:22 AM

Purple drink for a crowd?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions for a purple cocktail to serve as a signature drink at my wedding. Our colors are lavander and sage, so wanted something in that color family. We're not having a full bar, just wine, beer, and this cocktail, so it should be something that will appeal to a large crowd and be easy to prepare in bulk. Also, for the sake of cost, I'd like to avoid really exotic (expensive) ingredients.


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  1. I've had lavender cosmopolitans, which are a pale purple color, I think. Here's a link to a recipe:

    And here's a link to another drink which certainly appears purple in the picture:

    1. There's a lovely, lavender-hued drink known as the Stardust that I first encountered at old-school cocktail revivalist the B-Side Lounge in Cambridge, MA. My proportions are not exact, but an approximation:

      2 oz light rum
      1 oz Parfait Amour liqueur
      1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

      Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a twist of lemon.

      Finding Parfait Amour ("perfect love") liqueur is the only tricky part: it's a purple-hued, primarily orange-flavored liqueur that gets (or used to get) its color from violet petals. It's not especially expensive, just requires a bit of tracking down; the Marie Brizzard brand is the one I've been able to find in Boston.

      The Stardust is a nicely-balanced, refreshing cocktail, and very pretty -- about the only lavender drink I can think of. It isn't overly sweet. If it was, I'd have nothing to do with it.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I was on a hunt for Parfait Amour for years, then BevMo opened up around here and tah-dah! I now have a ready supply of parfait amour at my disposal. If you don't have a BevMo around you, they do ship anywhere in the country that lets you ship alcohol...

        The thing about Parfait Amour is that while it sounds so demure, with a name that translates to "Perfect Love" and that pretty purple hue, is that it absolutely dominates any drink you add it to. Keep things on the simpler side (as Slim JB's Stardust did.. that sounds good, I'll have to make it soon!) and you can showcase the unique flavor that is Parfait Amour.

        Jacinthe, next time you make either of those drinks, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to them. Both look awfully sweet.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          you beat me to it... foiled again.

          1. re: ponyboy

            I brought a bottle of Parfait Amour with me on a vacation in Tortola, where rum drinking was the order of the day, all day. We drew some stares with our beach setup: cocktail shaker, cocktail glasses, fresh fruit, 30 lbs of ice. I made Stardusts all afternoon one day, a very fond, slightly hazy memory. I also invented a rum punch there that I still make.

        2. I love Pom Blueberry in cocktails, and it gives them a purple hue. I don't have a recipe, per se--I make a martini with vodka, Pom Blueberry, a bit of pineapple juice and a splash of lime juice. Said cocktail may not be exactly the color you're looking for, but I'll bet you can get it with some expiramentation.


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          1. re: mamaciita

            The Stardust sounds yummy, as does the pom blueberry martini. McSlimJB, I'm also in Boston, and found Parfait Amour at the liquor store on Soldier's Field Road in Brighton (the one with the huge sign you can see from miles away, although I can't remember the store's name!) -- I just couldn't figure out what to do with it! Thanks for the suggestions!

            The Superhero drink looks really pretty, too, but mixing Vodka and Tequila is probably a bit more alcohol than I want my guests to have!

            1. re: SpicyGirl15

              Pink Azelea gone Purple

              splash of Grand Marnier
              cranberry & blueberry juice mixed to color

          2. Girl, you should serve up some strait up Purple Drank and get dat wedding real krunk.

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            1. re: gimmesomedome


              you could make some red-headed sluts (Jager, Chambord, peach schnapps), but they are really more magenta

            2. Here's a simple recipe with few ingredients, but it looks good, tastes great and it's actually good for you. It's called a Palm Purple Martini, but you can trick it out however you want:
              4oz. Purple
              2oz. Ketel Citron
              Splashes of Triple Sec and sour mix
              Fill a shaker with 1/2 cup ice. Combine All ingredients; Shake and Strain into a large chilled martini glass

              This has been a big hit for me when I had friends over (I love to cook and entertain) and I bet anyone would like this.

              Oh, and Congratulations on your Big Day!

              (more Purple recipes:
              Have I mentioned that I love this stuff? Lol...

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              1. re: WolfLy

                Just so you know, this thread is over a year old.

                Anyway... I would have suggested a Kir Royal.