Cheers to the Color of the Year SHARE The word it out—purple is in. Pantone, the leading color authority across multiple industries, has chosen “Ultra Violet” to be the color of 2018. In doing so, they noted that it represents “the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.” Purple has long been associated with some of our favorite people (and even the best fictional) characters. We’re talking beloved Muppets, Dino from the Flintstones and Batgirl. We mean Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary violet eyes. And, of course, we’re referring to the one and only Prince, who made the world see purple in a whole new light. FOOD AND DRINK-WISE, WE’RE SEEING A MAJOR TREND IN PURPLE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. Take, for instance, Okinawan purple sweet potatoes and purple Thai rice, aka “forbidden rice.” And the butterfly pea flower is blowing our minds as it changes from deep blue to vibrant purple with the addition of a little citrus. High-end restaurants like New York City’s Mission Chinese are using it to create drinks like the Mood Ring. And, as the weather warms up, lemonade deserves a lavender makeover—just add dried lavender flowers and, if the mood strikes, 2 ounces of vodka. Without a doubt, purple is in. So, what better time to assign purple to some of our other favorite cocktails? A margarita, for instance. Use the recipe below as a starting point, and feel free to get creative. Experiment with more purple flavors—think raspberry liqueur and blue curacao mixed together—to add your own personal touch. The Tropics Purple Rain Margarita In shaker, combine: 2 oz tequila 1.5 oz raspberry liqueur 1.5 oz Tropics Mixology Margarita, thawed 1 oz Tropics Mixology Sweetened Lime Juice 1 oz cranberry juice Shake ingredients vigorously and pour into a salted margarita glass. Garnish with a lime and maybe an edible flower, too. Try a lavender or viola. Enjoy!