Written by Chris Benjamin, director of food and beverage at the Essex Resort and Spa.

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No matter how you say ‘love’, Valentine’s Day continues to be the holiday where we are prompted to express our delight in each other– those whom we love and care about.

Valentine’s Day will forever have pink, purple, and red as it’s official colors, and with this in mind, I thought you might enjoy drinking the Purple Margarita. Its color is a blend of purple and pink (depending on how much Curacao and cranberry you use), and it’s tasty enough to satisfy men and women alike.

Because this weekend also coincides with the beginning of the Winter Olympics (thus the multiple languages above), I decided to use Sauza Hornitos Reposado, which has a great gold color and an even-better flavor. So whether you’re watching the United States win gold, or just have a heart of gold (or both!), enjoy the Purple Margarita this weekend.

Purple Margarita
2 oz. Sauza Hornitos Reposado
3-4 oz. sours mix
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. Blue Curacao
2-3 splashes cranberry juice
Lime wedge

In a pint glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients but the salt and lime wedge; shake vigorously. Leave mixture in the shaker, take pint glass and rim top with salt. Pour margarita back in the glass, and garnish with lime.