The Grimace Cocktail is a purple-colored alcoholic drink made with vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and grape-flavored Powerade. For another colorful adult beverage, try my Drunken Mermaid!

Mason Jar of The Grimace Cocktail

The Grimace Cocktail

Just like the McDonald’s Grimace character is purple, so is this drink (hence, the name). I originally had this drink at a local golf course where it was called a purple people eater or SKOL (for the Minnesota Vikings). It is a grape-flavored cocktail that does pack a punch. But, you won’t grimace (get it?) as you sip on it; it is refreshingly delicious!

Ingredients for The Grimace Cocktail

The Grimace Cocktail Ingredients

This adult beverage is made with just four ingredients (well, five if you count the ice).

Vodka: Choose your favorite brand of vodka to use in the drink.

Blue Curacao: This is a blue liqueur with a citrus flavor, similar to triple sec. If you can’t find Blue Curacao at your local liquor store, you can substitute Triple Sec or Grand Marnier.

Grenadine: Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup used in cocktails. It is made from pomegranate juice in a similar method to making simple syrup. It gives the drink a nice color. You could also use pomegranate molasses or pomegranate juice as a substitute.

Powerade: Powerade is a sports drink made by the Coco-Cola company. I used grape Powerade. You could also substitute grape Gatorade (made by PepsiCo). I did not use the entire bottle of the drink; I simply needed enough to top off the drink.

How to Make The Grimace Cocktail

How to Make The Grimace Cocktail

You don’t even need a cocktail shaker to make this purple drink. Although it looks like a kid’s drink, it’s definitely not! As I mentioned, it does pack a punch with two ounces of alcohol in each drink. To make the beverage, first, fill your favorite glass with ice.

After you have filled the glass with ice, add the vodka, blue curacao, and a splash of grenadine. Top off the drink with enough Powerade to fill to the top. Sip away and enjoy!

Mason Jar Filled with The Grimace Cocktail

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The Grimace Cocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
The Grimace Cocktail is a purple-colored alcoholic drink made with vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and grape-flavored Powerade.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce blue curacao
  • 1 splash grenadine
  • grape (purple) Powerade, enough to top off the drink


  • In a glass filled with ice, add vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and Powerade.
  • Mix together and serve immediately.

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Reader Comments

  1. When tended bar 25+ yrs ago we had a shooter that was the same recipe except the power aid. We added a splash of club soda. It was called a “grape Nehi”. Great drink!

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