This Jayhawk cocktail (Rock Chalktail? Hawktail?) was made for KU fans in March. It's tropical and delicious, the perfect shade of crimson and blue, and goes down like a Gradey Dick 3-pointer. Pair it with a KU win and lots of good friends.
This Jayhawk cocktail is made with rum, passionfruit juice, grenadine, lemonade, and blue curacao. It's a bit like a purple rain cocktail (which I first experienced alongside some Scottish friends on a very drunken night of our honeymoon), but we used rum instead of vodka to give this more of a tiki drink vibe. It tastes a lot like something you'd get at Sandbar, which is what makes this the perfect University of Kansas-inspired March Madness cocktail.
Serve it with our pickle popper dip, corn and bean salsa, or one-pot chili.
Looking for a mocktail? Try our coconut water mocktail or virgin mango strawberry margarita.
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
- Rum- We use white rum, which is great for mixed drinks. If you don't have (or don't like) white rum, gold rum is a good substitute. You could also use vodka.
- Passionfruit juice- This is usually in the refrigerated section, near the orange juice. If you can't find passionfruit juice, guava juice and orange juice are the closest substitutes.
- Lemonade- Use whatever bottled lemonade is your favorite. You could also make your own. We like diet Simply Lemonade.
- Blue Curacao Liqueur- You want the kind that has alcohol in it, not the non-alcoholic syrup.
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Fill four lowball glasses halfway with ice.
Step 2: Add rum, passionfruit juice, and grenadine to a large glass or cocktail shaker and stir (or shake) to combine. Fill each lowball glass a little over halfway with the mixture.
Step 3: Add the lemonade and blue curacao to a glass measuring cup and stir to combine. Place the handle of a spoon into a lowball glass and gently pour the blue curacao mixture over the spoon and into the glass. Repeat for the 3 remaining drinks.
Step 4: Serve! You'll probably want to mix up the drinks before you actually drink them, but don't worry, they won't turn K-State purple...they actually turn more of a gray-ish blue color.
Frequently asked questions
You can mix the two separate components ahead of time. Mix and store the red and blue parts of the cocktail separately, then combine them in glasses when you're ready to serve.
We like to serve this in a lowball glass (also called a rocks glass or old fashioned glass), but you could also serve it in a highball glass. If you serve it in a highball glass, you'll probably only get 2 or 3 drinks out of the recipe (depending on how big your glasses are).
Make sure you put the red mixture on the bottom. It's a little heavier than the blue mixture and will sink to the bottom if you try to put it on top. When you're pouring the blue mixture in, go slow and try your best to pour directly over the spoon.
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