Definition of purple drank in US English:

purple drank


  • An intoxicating beverage made by adding cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine to a carbonated soft drink, consumed as a recreational drug.

    ‘he was in the hospital after overdosing on purple drank’
    • ‘They don't get messed up on purple drank to the point where the liver damage shows on their autopsy.’
    • ‘Drinking that purple drank and smoking weed isn't a good mix.’
    • ‘The purplish hue of purple drank comes from dyes in the cough syrup.’
    • ‘Purple drank is supposedly most often used in combination with a mixture of other drugs and alcohol.’
    • ‘Have you started doing blunts and purple drank?’
    • ‘Purple drank is confirmed or suspected to have caused the deaths of several prominent users.’
    • ‘The concoction she reportedly sipped the night of her breakdown - a mix of vodka, Red Bull and NyQuil called a Purple Monster - may be a variation on Purple Drank, a rapper cocktail that includes Sprite and prescription cough syrup with codeine.’
    • ‘He was seen to be drinking from a styrofoam cup, which is associated with a type of drink called 'sizzurp' or 'purple drank'.’