Thousand Dollar Martinis And Five Buck Cocktails

Originally posted on May 10, 2007. Sadly, this was a limited time offer.

We were all set to make fun of the new $1,000 martini at The Capital Grille, but then we realized that it’s for charity and we felt more than a little bit mean. The “martini” is made of Ciroc vodka, creme de mure (blackberry liqueur) and fresh berries. It comes garnished with a piece of jewelery, which, presumably, is yours to keep. 100% of the profits go to Share Our Strength. Here’s our question: we’re used to tipping a dollar per drink (sometimes a little more on something absurdly annoying to make), but somehow, that doesn’t seem quite right on a thousand dollar drink. What would you leave?

For those of you without the means to donate a grand to a charity martini, here’s how to make your own version at home:
1) Go to the liquor store and buy a bottle of creme de cassis and the cheapest possible bottle of bubbly.
2) Fill a champagne glass about an eighth of the way with creme de cassis.
3) Fill the rest with cheap champagne.
4) Garnish with a plastic ring. May we suggest this super-chic little guy?
5) Feel very swank.

What Makes A Martini Worth $1000? Serving It With A Very Special Twist [Capital Grille: News]
The Capital Grille [MenuPages]
Share Our Strength [Official Site]

Thousand Dollar Martinis And Five Buck Cocktails