I have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad: The present you have lined up for Mother’s Day is probably not that impressive. A homemade card? A nice bouquet of flowers? A scarf?
Here’s the good news: I have the perfect replacement for whatever heartfelt gift you sank your time and creativity into: The $10,000 Martini.
The result of a collaboration between Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Long’s Jewelers, the $10,000 Martini is a breathtakingly expensive cocktail available only this Sunday at Del Frisco’s. It features vodka from Elit’s Pristine Water Series, Andean Edition vodka and includes a white gold tennis bracelet set with 8.5 carats of diamonds from Long’s Signature Collection.
Anthony Valletta, regional manager of Del Frisco’s, isn’t quite sure of demand for the drink, but he says he has already talked to some inquisitive potential customers.
“This is our first year offering the cocktail so it’s hard to say [how it will sell],” he said. “But it has created some questions and buzz.” Only five of the glittery martinis will be available.
This isn’t the first time a restaurant has rolled out a martini that costs as much as a used car. The Algonquin Hotel in New York featured — a la James Bond — a Vesper martini in 2005 that came with a diamond at the bottom. Vaucluse, a now-defunct lounge in Los Angeles, offered something similar before it went out of business. Both came with a price tag of $10,000.
Alex Fradsen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.