Purple Tears cocktail; refreshing because of lemon and lime with the seasonal goodness of fresh blackberries! And Vodka and the SECRET INGREDIENT for the kick you need at Happy Hour!
This weeks cocktail for my FRIDAY COCKTAILS series is the Purple Tears Cocktail. It’s one of those recipes that succeeded in the end, but I had to play with it a lot. Not because the ratios were off, but I was trying to have a purple cocktail!!!
I’d seen a lot of tributes to Prince and several cocktails and I kept saying why aren’t these drinks purple? Now I get it… they may start out purple, but as you add the alcohol, mixers, and garnishes… it dilutes to more red than purple.
I decided to go with it and played with some names to go with his songs… the raspberry beret probably would have been the best one, but alas I had already gone with the blackberries. In the end instead of the name Purple Rain, I figured people have been so distressed that purple tears worked…. because you know, if you cry a lot it would dilute right?
What is the “secret ingredient” of the Purple Tears Cocktail?
Im probably reaching, but don’t let the look deter you. It tastes great! The Purple Tears Cocktail mixes Citron Vodka, Limoncello and freshly pureed blackberries. Since Prince always did things a little bit “spicy or surprising” I rimmed the glass with Tajin’s Chili Lime salt.
When you take your first sip you get the zing of the salt, then the Citrus Vodka with the sweetness of the blackberries.
I was a little afraid to not strain the blackberry puree but it was fine. There were no big seeds once pureed, so it was a step I was happy to avoid! (Come on, you know how messy it gets when you’re straining things? Anything to get to my cocktail sooner!
Happy Friday Everyone! Cheers!
- 2 oz . Absolute Citron Vodka
- 4 oz Limeade
- 1 tablespoon lemoncello
- 2 tablespoons freshly pureed blackberries (see notes)
- Tajin Chili Lime Salt Seasoning
- Limes and blackberries for garnish
- Cut a lime wedge and rub lime juice over the edge of your glass. (I used a martini glass but any will work.)
- Pour a small amount of Tajin Chili lime salt on a small plate.
- Run lime edge of glass in Chili lime salt to coat.
- Prepare all your glasses before mixing the cocktail so the ice does not dilute your drink!
- Mix Vodka, Limeade, Limoncello and blackberry puree in a cocktail shaker add ice and shake well.
- Strain Ice out and pour into seasoned glasses.
- Garnish with lime wedges and whole blackberries.
I bought a small clamshell of blackberries and pulled out 1/3 of them for garnishing. The rest I pureed in a blender with 1/4 cup water and a squeeze of lime. I chose not to strain the puree, but of course it would be great if you strained it too!