Purple Rain | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Purple Rain

Purple Rain | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Yes, we’re making a purple cocktail today. This brings a variety of random thoughts to mind. Here goes.

When Doves Cry by Prince is one of the greatest pop ballads of all time. If you don’t agree just walk away because you’ll never convince me otherwise. Prince is generally amazing, and though I didn’t love every song he ever wrote, I am in awe of the constant creativity he maintained throughout his life. I still feel a pang of sorrow at his loss whenever I hear one of his songs.

Purple has always been my favorite color. If I’m completely honest, it’s mostly because my whole life I’ve felt compelled to be just a little bit different. I like things that are soft and pretty and feminine, but not sweet, sappy, and girly. I rebelled against pink relatively early on, and purple has been my signature color ever since. 

Purple Rain | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Keeping it real random, let’s talk for a minute about British fridges and how they’re about a third smaller than the typical American fridge. My fridge is also old, inefficient, and generally crap. My freezer needs to be defrosted approximately every three months. Of course, I only have the patience to do it once a year, so it’s growing smaller and smaller by the week as the space gets consumed by the ice forming around the coils. Hence why there’s only four sad ice cubes in this drink.

Right, let’s talk about this actual cocktail. Three ingredients and a mad search for things to garnish it with (again, I came up lacking). We’re using vodka as our base spirit, but the key ingredient is blue curacao. Mix that with cranberry juice to achieve your favorite shade of purple. Start with equal parts of all three, but you can top up with more cranberry juice depending on the size of your vessel and the color you’re trying to achieve.

Purple Rain | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

There should really be more purple in the world, so a cocktail that tastes great and looks awesome is really all I need right now. Purple Rain is a classic. Raise your glass, friends.

Purple Rain
Purple Rain is a retro cocktail that deserves to be in your house.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 part vodka
  2. 1 part blue curacao
  3. 1 part cranberry juice
  4. ice
Instructions
  1. Combine vodka, blue curacao, and cranberry juice in your desired vessel. You can make this by the pitcher just as easily as by the glass. Stir to combine.
  2. Fill your glass with ice, and pour on this purple beauty.
Adapted from Cocktail Details
Adapted from Cocktail Details
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Vanilla Vodka Root Beer | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vanilla Vodka Root Beer

Vanilla Vodka Root Beer | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sometimes the only way to get something done is just to begin, so here we are on a Monday evening putting words on a screen. I have no idea where we’re going to end up, friends, but I’m glad you’re joining me on this journey. It seems like the last few weeks have been nothing but pain for the entire planet. There have been so many tragedies and disaster I can’t even begin to name them. Are there any other choices between absolutely breaking down and going completely numb?

I can’t look. What’s going to break next? Is it even okay to look away for a minute and talk about food? Is that allowed? It feels weird, but I’m going to give it a try. 

Vanilla Vodka Root Beer | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vanilla Vodka Root Beer is the favorite way to feel like a kid and a grown up all at once. It’s sweet with a bit of a vodka bite. It’s like a Sonic vanilla root beer, but you definitely can’t drink this in your car. Keep ’em comin’.

There’s no point in writing a recipe for this. Pour an ounce and a half of vanilla vodka over ice (crushed if you can get it) then top up your glass with your favorite cold root beer. Don’t skip the whipped cream. It’s so fun.

Vanilla Vodka Root Beer | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s a tough world out there. Let’s get together for a drink and love one another just a little bit more. We can get through this.

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vodka Lime Slush

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m learning that the rumors you hear about Europeans not putting ice in their drinks is sort of true. It’s not that it’s impossible to get a drink with ice, it’s quite easy actually, but it’s definitely not as common as the U.S. It’s not like going to Sonic and getting a large vanilla root beer loaded up with perfectly crunchy ice. 

The most annoying thing is that it’s really tricky to make ice. My little Euro-fridge has a freezer at the bottom that consists of two deep but narrow drawers for all my frozen foods. It’s perfectly fine for peas and garlic bread, but it’s really tricky to stack ice cube trays in there. So maybe it’s just getting ice in your drink at home that’s a pain in the ass.

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I used up all my ice to make this Vodka Lime Slush for you. It’s maybe not as slushy as you could make it with ice in the door, but it’s still pretty awesome. This drink is pretty sweet, but also rather potent, so be careful. There are more dangers here than just brain freeze.

You’ll need lime vodka and triple sec or another orange liqueur for this. You’ll also need some lime juice, but I won’t tell anyone if it comes from a plastic lime. That doesn’t bother me at all.

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s be grown ups who act like children and drink boozy slurpees while watching Mad Men on a Thursday afternoon. Make a Vodka Lime Slush and be awesome.

Vodka Lime Slush
Serves 1
Vodka Lime Slush is sweet, tart, and ever so fun.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 ice cubes or more (depending on how icy you like your slush)
  2. 2 ounces lime vodka
  3. 1 ounce simple syrup
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 1 ounce lime juice
  6. Lime wedges, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until the ice is broken into fine pieces. Pour into a glass, add a straw and a lime wedge, and try not to get brain freeze.
Adapted from My Life as a Mrs.
Adapted from My Life as a Mrs.
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