Purple Rain Ritas

9 Apr


When Caitlin realized that not only had I never seen Prince’s 1984 classic “Purple Rain,” but our music film loving friends Lisa and Eric hadn’t seen it either, we had to correct that immediately. And what a great occasion to make our first batch of purple prince inspired ‘Ritas. Lisa and Eric offered to host, cook dinner and project the movie on their wall. All we had to do was bring materials for, and make, the ‘Ritas. Our pleasure.

Prior to the movie, Eric cooked us all fresh and amazing fajitas consisting of tons of grilled veggies, grilled tortillas, and some great sides like beans, sour cream, and cheese to mix in. We also had chips with salsa and queso, and perhaps my favorite item, grilled corn on the cob, rolled in an amazing mayonnaise/sour cream/spicy mixture with chunks of parmesan on top. Mm, mm, good. Lisa also made some fresh frozen yogurt which Zack gave two very happy thumbs up to (I was still too full from dinner to participate in eating it). Lisa and Eric’s new daughter Bea gave us adorable smiles in between nomming time, and the whole family were gracious and fantastic hosts, as always.

prince rita ingredients

After making standard green ‘ritas, strawberry red ‘ritas and dying normal ‘ritas orange for Halloween, we wanted something to really make these bad boys earn their purple. My first thought was Pomegranate, but Caitlin wasn’t as keen on the idea*. Her sweet tooth led us to a raspberry recipe that looked like a winner. It was for a rocks ‘rita and we only roll with frozen, but that’s not hard to fix. Just fill the blender 2/3 of the way with ice before you mix.

*After loving the special salt we used for the rim (see below) my opinion may have changed on this particular flavor.

Vine of Zack mixing the Rita ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila 
  • 2 ounces sweet and sour mix 
  • 2 ounces raspberry liqueur 
  • 1 ounce lime juice 
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice

pomegranate sugar

After finding the right balance of ice for texture, we added the secret ingredient. Pomegranate sugar for the rims. You can get a pack of this stuff at Twin Liquors and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Make sure you run the lime over the edge of the glass first, so it sticks. Caitlin said it tasted like pop rocks on the edge of her drink*. That’s always a good thing. We added a lime garnish and single blackberry and it was one of the best ‘Ritas we’ve made. I’d put it second, only behind the frozen strawberry ‘ritas**.

*I think Eric actually said it tasted like pop rocks, but regardless, it definitely tasted like de-licious.

**Zack will probably be shocked to hear this, but — I actually put this guy third. I really love our standard ‘ritas, particularly because of the texture. Even with the added ice, because of the liquids involved this ‘rita was more liquid-y than the others we’ve done. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a delicious flavor and I’m looking forward to making more. But I think the strawberry definitely wins, and our standards are a strong second.

The movie itself was incredible. After getting in a bit of trouble for posting Prince Vines during SXSW, I’m going to avoid any Prince pictures in this post and just post a trailer of the film. I joked about taking 3,000 vines of the entire film just to piss Prince’s people off, but I got too much love for Prince, even if he hates the Internet. Also I would like to officially say that these ‘Ritas have no connection to the artist currently known as Prince, except that they are both purple, delicious, and may lead to pregnancy. 

Oh, and then we found out there was a sequel to the movie!* We’re seriously up for watching this during the summer. Who’s in?

*It is called Graffiti Bridge and it is directed by Prince, and the tagline they used was, “A story brought to you in a way only Prince could tell it.” ‘Nuff. said.


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