10 Playful Purple Martini Recipes

Published January 5, 2022
purple cocktail

Sometimes you're looking for a certain color rather than a flavor when it comes to a cocktail. Whether you want to match a theme or want to live your best life with your favorite color, a purple martini delivers on both the color and flavor. With a range of purple hues, give any of these a try to watch your dreams come true.

Deep Violet Something

This gin-style martini is a bold violet color with just the right amount of floral notes. It could pair pretty well with a movie about a jewelry store.

deep violet something martini

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces Empress 1908 gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • ¼ ounce crème de violette
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a mixing glass, add gin, dry vermouth, and creme de violette.
  3. Stir rapidly to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.

Painted Purple

A slightly sweeter drink, the citrus notes balance out the drink perfectly.

painted purple cocktail

Ingredients

  • Lemon wedge and sugar for rim
  • 1½ ounces vanilla vodka
  • ¾ ounce crème de violette
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the martini glass or coupe with the lemon wedge.
  3. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  4. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, crème de violette, and lemon juice.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into prepared glass.

Aviation

Perhaps the most well-known of the purple cocktail, the aviation cocktail has been flying in glasses since the early 20th century.

aviation cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ ounce crème de violette
  • Ice
  • Cocktail cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with cocktail cherry.

Orchid Bubbles

The blueberry liqueur gives this drink a stunning purple hue, the only thing better than the color are the bubbles.

orchid bubbles cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce blueberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Prosecco to top off

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, blueberry liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Top off with prosecco.

Periwinkle Gin Sour

This earthy gin sour flips the typical gin sour on its head.

periwinkle gin sour

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Empress 1908 gin
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce blueberry simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add gin, lemon juice, blueberry simple syrup, and egg white.
  3. Dry shake for approximately 45 seconds to mix ingredients and create a froth.
  4. Add ice to shaker.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into chilled glass.
  7. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

These Violet Delights

Even if you're slinging this drink in the middle of winter, this violet drink will add some sun to your day.

these violet delights cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce crème de violette
  • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Violet sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, crème de violette, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with violet sprig.

Blueberry Patch

The deep blue of the blueberry vodka with the egg white makes for a stunning and savory purple martini.

blueberry patch cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blueberry vodka
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add blueberry vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange liqueur, and egg white.
  3. Dry shake for approximately 45 seconds to mix ingredients and create a froth.
  4. Add ice to shaker.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into chilled glass.

Butterfly Garden

With a touch of ginger, this purple-hued martini creates an unexpected, but refreshing, sip.

butterfly garden cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1¾ ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce ginger liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1-2 drops butterfly pea extract
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel and mint leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, ginger liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and butterfly pea extract.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel and mint leaf.

Blackberry Bramble

This blackberry martini has all the best parts of blackberry and none of the clean-up.

blackberry bramble cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce blackberry liqueur
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Prosecco to top off
  • Lemon wheel and blackberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, lemon juice, blackberry liqueur, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Top off with prosecco.
  6. Garnish with lemon wheel and blackberry.

Purple Pear Potion

No one will expect this purple martini to have bright notes of pear lurking just below the surface.

purple pear potion cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1¼ ounce vodka
  • ¾ ounce pear liqueur
  • ¾ ounce crème de violette
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth blanc
  • Ice
  • Blackberry and raspberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, pear liqueur, crème de violette, and sweet vermouth blanc.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with blackberry and raspberry.

Purple Presentation

An important part of cocktail making is the presentation--it's nearly as important that they're as appealing to the eye as they are to the drinker. With an array of flavors, there's no bad purple martini out there.

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