Purple Bandit
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Purple Bandit
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.87 / 5
The Purple Bandit is a vibrant cocktail that combines the tropical creaminess of coconut rum with the tart sweetness of cranberry juice and the citrus kick of orange liqueur. Named ... more The Purple Bandit is a vibrant cocktail that combines the tropical creaminess of coconut rum with the tart sweetness of cranberry juice and the citrus kick of orange liqueur. Named for its alluring deep red-violet hue, which it gets from the dominant cranberry juice, the Purple Bandit is designed to be served in a highball glass, allowing for both visual appeal and a satisfying volume for sipping. Its flavor profile offers a harmonious blend of fruity and tropical notes, making it a choice for those who enjoy a sweet yet potent drink with an exotic twist.
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Coconut rum
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5.5% | 1.65 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Purple Bandit

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour the Malibu and orange curaçao into the glass over ice, then top up with cranberry juice
Stir and serve

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FAQ's

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Purple Bandit to ensure its optimal taste?

The Purple Bandit is best served in a highball glass over ice. Since it's a cold, stirred cocktail, first stirring the coconut rum and orange liqueur over ice in a mixing glass, then straining it into the highball glass, and finally topping it up with cranberry juice ensures that the drink maintains its cool temperature without being diluted quickly. Garnishing with an orange slice or a cherry can add a decorative touch and complement the flavors.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Purple Bandit if I don't have orange liqueur?

If you're out of orange liqueur, you can substitute it with triple sec, Cointreau, or even a dash of orange juice with a bit of simple syrup to add sweetness. While the taste might slightly differ, these substitutes should maintain the cocktail's characteristic fruity and tropical flavor profile.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Purple Bandit compare to that of a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 5.5%, the Purple Bandit has a relatively low alcohol content compared to the standard for cocktails, which typically range from 10% to 25%. This makes the Purple Bandit a lighter option, suitable for occasions when you want to enjoy a flavorful beverage with a lower amount of alcohol.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there any popular variations of the Purple Bandit that I could try?

One popular variation of the Purple Bandit involves adding a splash of soda water or lemon-lime soda to introduce some carbonation and a slightly different taste profile. Additionally, experimenting with the ratios of coconut rum and orange liqueur or adding a splash of pineapple juice for a more tropical flavor can also create delightful variations on the original recipe.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairings work well with the Purple Bandit?

The fruity and slightly tropical notes of the Purple Bandit pair well with light appetizers, such as coconut shrimp, fruit platters, or cheese boards with a selection of mild cheeses. The cocktail's refreshing qualities also make it an excellent companion to grilled seafood or chicken dishes, complementing their flavors without overpowering them.

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