The Story Behind The Purple Gin Coco

What gives this cocktail its lovely lavender hue? The gin is infused with butterfly pea tea. This color can be achieved by squeezing a dropper of butterfly pea flower tea into a glass of clear liquid, which turns it blue; once an acid such as lime juice is added, voila! — violet.

If turning your cocktails purple sounds laborious, you'll be pleased to know you can buy gin that is already infused with the color-changing ingredient. A popular bottle is Empress Gin, which is used here.

This cocktail impresses guests beyond its looks, too, thanks to hints of toasted coconut, citrus, and juniper.


  • 2 ounces Butterfly Pea Tea Gin
  • ¼ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¼ ounce toasted coconut syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 drops orange bitters


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir then strain over ice into rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.

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Updated: 2023-10-10

Toasted Coconut Syrup Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Toasted Coconut Syrup Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spread coconut flakes on a baking sheet, evenly.
  3. Bake 4 to 6 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the flakes start to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Once coconut flakes are at room temperature, add to a medium saucepan
  6. with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium heat.
  7. Simmer until sugar dissolves.
  8. Strain out coconut solids and cool syrup before use.
  9. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
The Purple Gin Coco Recipe