The Thug Passion was celebrated by Tupac Shakur with the following lyrics in his song "Thug Passion", from the album All Eyez On Me: "Aight, new drink/ one part alazhay one part chrystal/ Thugs Passion baby". The ingredients--Alize passion fruit liqueur and Cristal champagne--are popular in the hip hop culture.
Cristal is a very pricy brand; a good brut champagne can be substituted.
Serve in a chilled champagne flute.
Some recipes call for cognac instead of champagne.