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Purple Drank is an illegal recreational drink popular in the Southern United States rap community, whose main ingredients originally consisted of prescription strength cough syrup, containing codeine and promethazine, and either a carbonated soft drink (generally Sprite) or fruit juice. The purple-ish hue of Purple Drank comes from the dyes in the cough syrup. Recently, the term has expanded to cover mixtures including over-the-counter cough syrup and vodka in place of prescription cough syrup. Other terms for Purple Drank include Barre, Oil, Purple Tonic, Lean (or Southern Lean,) Drank, and Syrup (which is sometimes slangly pronounced as Sizzurp.)

The active ingredient of purple drank is codeine, an opiate medication contained in prescription strength cough syrups due to its antitussive properties. Some prescription cough syrups also contain anti-histamine medications, such as promethazine, which have a mild sedative effect. When taken in large quantities, both medications can lead to sedation and altered levels of consciousness.

Houston producer DJ Screw first popularized the concoction, which is widely attributed as a source of inspiration for the "chopped & screwed" style of hip hop music. Originally, the active ingredient of "Syrup" was cough syrup containing promethazine and codeine. The concoction first gained popularity in the underground Houston, Texas rap scene and later spread to other southern states.
"purple drank made ma bank"

"drank up in ma cup, mayne hold up"

"purple in ma soda"

"barre baby"

"purple tonic got me leanin"
by Yung Don March 03, 2007
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codeine/promethazine cough syrup mixed in with some sprite. serve it up in a white styrafoam cup with some ice and your good to go. you can mix it up with all kinds of sodas or just sip the ish. there is NO alcohol in it and its NOT robitussin. It's thick and purple and comes only by prescription or by your local weedman. not to be sipped by suckas!!!!!
purple drank up in my cup, blowin dank up in my truck
by the ju1ce May 09, 2005
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Purple Drank is a intoxicating beverage also known by the names lean, sizzurp, and liquid codeine. It is commonly abused by southern rappers and wannabe suburban teenagers. It is a mixture of Promethazine/Codeine cough syrup and sprite, with a few jolly ranchers and/or skittles thrown in. Promethazine with codeine, consumed in such large amounts as is popular with such southern rappers as lil wayne, slim thug, and Big Moe, produces an opiate-like high that is potentiated by the Promethazine. Promethazine by itself will not produce a high. The beverage must be sipped slowly, and not guzzled, in order to avoid unconciousness and/or life threatening overdose.

Purple Drank must be served in a styrofoam cup, otherwise it will not be considered Purple Drank by the majority of the Purple Drank abusing community.

Purple Drank is NOT:
-ANY SYRUP CONTAINING DEXTROMETHORPHAN
-Hydrocodone with Promethazine
-Any syrup containing ANY drug ingredient other than Promethazine and codeine.
-Liquid Codeine. Purple drank is codeine dissolved in syrup. The codeine molecules are not actually in the liquid phase.
My cup is filled with tha purple drank
by paco_w December 13, 2007
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Codeine syrup and sprite wit a few jolly ranchers in it. It is not Robitussin, the Promathazine or however the hell u spell it can only be prescribed by ya doctor...and Purp aint have any Liquor up in it, yall muthafuckers finna kill yaselves
I sip that purple drank when I smoke my blunt, and sometimes I dip my blunt in it and I'm higher than cloud nine!
by Mz Thang April 23, 2006
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A recreational leaning drink- an alternative to illegal drugs in pure form- that is common in parties and originated in the south.

It generally consists of around two fluid ounces of promethazine/codeine cough syrup, 8 or more ounces of lemon-lime soda (Sprite, Sierra Mist, 7up, Mountain Dew, Fresca, etc), and jolly ranchers for flavor. It is called 'purple drank' for a) the purple color that the dye in the syrup gives it, and b) the southern pronunciation of the word 'drink'.

It was created around the time when chopped & screwed rap music hit the scene, where the drink went well with the music considering it induced a similar 'slow' and 'leaning' feeling in the consumer. The beverage until recently, however, did not become popular on a wider scale, and originally was almost completely limited and known (for that matter) to the southern regions of the USA.

Purple drank has more street names, the most popular being Lean and Sizzurp.
"Mike Jones keeps purple drank in his cup."

"Dude, that drank got me leanin' last night."

"That drank tastes like shit, but feels like sex."
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purple drank is a combination of hydrocodone promethazine and sprite. you add a couple of ounces to your sprite to where it tastes good. you can also add a jolly rancher. its the shit. it is mainly affiliated with texas and other parts of the deep south. such rappers as slim thugg, mike jones, and paul wall sip purple drank.
joe been sippin that purple drank.
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A nice drink consisting of Codeine and Sprite, to get you loose as a motherfucka! If you want something new try Sprite Remix, it's the Shit!!! Purple drank has been approved by the Drug Administration in 2006 to get you fucked up!!! Purple Drank is not recommended for light drinkers, it is meant to fuck you up, so Purple Drank may not be for you.
Purple Drank is good for when you are having female problems, also when Chicken Heads are arguing with you.

by Abazaba Umlowry May 23, 2006
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