Purple Rain 2

Trailhead Spirits’ Cool Summer Beverage for a Hot Day

Enjoy a deliciously refreshing Purple Rain from Trailhead Spirits on its beautiful patio, located in the historic Depot Complex.

Purple Rain

Want to tap into your inner mixologist? Recreate this classy cocktail.


1 part Trailhead Spirits Great North Vodka 

1 part mint simple syrup 

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus zest

Plum bitters

Muddled blackberries*

Club soda

Lemon-lime soda, like 7 Up

Fresh mint


Start with a tall glass. Place 3 blackberries on bottom along with 2 mint leaves. Add 1 ounce mint simple syrup and 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add 3 drops plum bitters and muddle ingredients together. Pour 1 ounce Great North Vodka into mixture, then add ice. Top with soda and 7UP. Garnish with mint and lemon zest.

*Muddling is a bartender’s technique for releasing flavor from solid cocktail ingredients, such as fruit or herbs. With mint, make sure you muddle lightly so the plant doesn’t become too bruised or bitter.

Smacking the Garnish?

You may catch a bartender slapping mint in their hands before adding it to a drink. This is their way of quickly expressing the oils on the underside of the leaf, which add aroma to the finished beverage.