Drinks of Color Rarely a Good Idea, Reason #43

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

blue Curacao.

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.

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