The Purple Pushover is a mostly rum-based cocktail, with orange and pineapple juice, and some very clear notes from a red raspberry liqueur and grenadine. The taste is fruity and sweet – more mellow than citrus.
Mixing a Purple Pushover is interesting to watch, so this is a great drink to serve to guests you want to impress with your bartending skills. I even tried some pyrotechnics on this one, since it calls for 151 proof rum floated on top. I didn’t have much luck getting it alight (see above) because of all the ice. And the fact that you need more than a “dash” of 151 to get a real flame going.
If you want to light cocktails on fire, invest a couple of dollars in a candle lighter. They have a long barrel that keeps the flame away from your fingers. Cocktails don’t usually shoot flames 10 feet in the air or anything so dangerous, but the flame can spread out faster than you expect, so it’s best not to be too close.
This is a fun drink that’s packed with citrus and berry flavor. It’s actually on the weak side, with just a quarter ounce of serious liquor and another half ounce of low-proof liqueurs, and that makes it good for occasional drinkers, and for get-togethers where you don’t want anyone getting drunk, such as work-related parties. You can mix this one up in a pitcher beforehand.
Purple Pushover Drink Recipe
- 1/4 ounce dark rum
- 1/4 ounce Malibu coconut rum
- 1/4 ounce DeKuyper Razzmatazz
- 1 dash 151 proof rum
- 2 – 3 ounces orange juice
- 2 – 3 ounces pineapple juice
- a splash of grenadine
- a dash of 7-Up
Put everything but the dash of 151 rum into a large shaker with ice. Shake it all together well. Pour everything, ice and all, into a highball glass. Float the 151 rum on top – optionally, light it on fire.
Originally published May 11, 2011