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Try this “Street Trash” Tenafly Viper Colour-Changing Cocktail

Sunday, September 15, 2019 | Recipe


In the 1987 film Street Trash, a case of expired alcohol from the 1960s called Tenafly Viper is unleashed upon the vagabond community, causing anyone who drinks it to melt away into a hideous rainbow of goo. This cocktail starts off with a bright blue liquor made with butterfly pea flower, which changes to bright purple when you add a squeeze of lime juice! If you want to take it a step further, drop in a fizzing tablet for foaming, colour-changing action, reminiscent of the victims in the film. Cheers!

Colour-Changing Tenafly Viper Liquor

8 oz. Vodka (or clear alcohol of choice)

1/4 teaspoon Butterfly Pea Flower powder

For each drink:

2 oz of Tenafly Viper Liquor

1 oz Peach Schnapps

1 oz Island Punch Pucker (or any blue coloured liqueur)

Flavored seltzer or lemon-lime soda, to taste

Squeeze of lime juice


For the Tenafly Viper liquor: add butterfly pea powder to liquor of choice. Allow to fully dissolve before using.

For each cocktail: In a glass, add ice and top with Tenafly Viper liquor, Island Punch Pucker and Peach Schnapps. Fill remainder of glass with seltzer or lemon lime soda. Top with a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice and a fizzing tablet* (if desired) immediately before serving – the cocktail will change colour from deep blue to bright purple!

*Fizzing Tablets: Want your drink to fizz, foam, and change colour much like the victims in the film? Mix together ½ cup of sweetened instant pink lemonade mix, 1½ teaspoons of citric acid, and ¾ teaspoon of baking soda. Using a spray bottle, add a very small amount of water, just until mixture begins to stick together like wet sand. Press firmly into small candy moulds and allow to dry for 12 hours. Gently remove from moulds and allow to set for another 12 hours. To serve, drop one fizzing tablet into each cocktail just before serving.

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