Every year, Pantone, the creator of colors, announces their choice in what the Color of the Year is going to be. They’ve officially chosen the color Ultra Violet for 2018. It’s bright, dramatic, and just so happens to appear naturally in a lot of our favorite dishes this spring. Say hello to a few standouts and stop by to try them in person.
Pea tea is on the rise, with further proof from Three Dots and a Dash with the Vicious Virgin, made with blanco tequila, mezcal, mango brandy, lime, orgeat and butterfly pea tea.
Everyone is craving poke, but have you tried it with beets? The striking violet beets turn this already gorgeous bowl from ASAP Poke even more lovely.
Ruby Port turns this cocktail from Booth One a deep shade of purple. The Chicago Fizz is a delicious mix of demerara rum, ruby port, lemon, egg white, and soda. The new cocktail list at Booth One is one worth checking out.
The beet tzatziki on the Fried Chicken Sandwich at Ema is incredibly vibrant. Up the ante on this dish and add an egg.
This veggie-centric roll at Tokio Pub has a definite violet tinge to it thanks to the black rice. Order the Sweet Potato Tempura Roll to get your Ultra Violet fix this year.
Head into spring with this new cocktail at Hub 51 which combines gin, blueberry, lavender and lemon all over crushed ice.
See that purple guy in the middle? That’s the Blueberries and Cream Paleta at Tallboy Taco.
The Kale Salad at Stella Barra has the elusive purple kale mixed with the emerald kale. Married together with shaved cabbage, breakfast radishes, medjool dates, pecorino, toasted cashews, and a mustard vinaigrette, this is a salad worth ordering. Need more kale in your life? Try this Kale and Brussels Sprouts Recipe.
Sipping on purple is an option. The Stormy Night Martini at Wildfire has a purple hue from its mixture of ingredients. Order this martini, along with 3 others with the Wildfire Martini Flight or enjoy it on its own!
This special at Naoki is one worth waiting for. The Passionfruit Mochi is exactly what post-sushi dreams are made of.
What other Ultra Violet dishes and drinks have you found in our restaurants? Take a picture, post them on social, and make sure to tag @lettuceentertainyou!