Maggie Savarino Dutton is having computer problems, so I'm posting this for her.
Maybe I'm just a little oversensitive, but I think some things don't deserve a
cocktail named after them.
The Union Square Grill usually designs a cocktail for new Seattle theater shows, which is a great marketing tool. But perhaps they should have
skipped a companion for The Color Purple.
The (cringe) Violet Oppression(/cringe) they're offering in honor of the
musical version of the much-lauded book and movie is basically a
drop-Cosmo hybrid containing mango vodka and X-rated liqueur (a hot-pink concoction made with blood oranges, mango, and passion fruit) with
pineapple juice and sour mix -- made purple by equal parts grenadine and
I don't know what mango and pineapple have to do with a Pulitzer Prize-winning tale about the bleak yet inspiring lives of black woman during
the Depression. But I guess nothing commemorates spousal abuse like a
blend of blue curacao and grenadine. Granted, I'm still wrapping my
brain around The Color Purple, the musical. And I might not
be so bitchy if the cocktail was built from moonshine, peaches,
bitterness and tears.
The Color Purple runs December 16 through 28 at the Paramount Theater.