Would You Drink a $35 Caviar Martini?
There’s nothing quite like pulling up a seat at a nice bar and ordering a martini to make you feel fancy. But if the little voice in your head is reminding you that you just got paid (so you feel like splurging), the latest in martini mash-ups is here to help you flex. Say hello to the latest iteration of the caviar martini—and perhaps the most indulgent one yet.
Found at Los Angeles’ luxurious Baltaire steakhouse, their new caviar martini is exactly what it sounds like. Created by bar manager August O'Mahoney, the drink was inspired by none other than the classiest martini-loving man in history: James Bond.
“The caviar martini was derived from a classic Vesper, which many know to be Ian Fleming's creation in the famous James Bond novels and movies,” O'Mahoney tells Food & Wine.
So what exactly goes into a caviar martini inspired by Mr. Bond? Absolut Elyx, Sipsmith Gin, Cocchi Americano, Hennessey Master Blender's Selection No. 2 Cognac, cucumber, and (lest we forget) Petrossian Caviar formed into a briny cube of goodness that actually sounds sort of delicious. While bartenders have made caviar martinis before—often with the salty caviar sitting at the bottom of the glass—this one opts for a petite caviar cube that sits atop the glass.
“It’s a well-balanced creaminess of the vodka and the herby flavor of the Cocchi Americano all tied together with a warm, rounded sweetness of the cognac,” O'Mahoney explained. “The cocktail is a multi-faceted experience, playing nicely with the saltiness of the caviar cube.”
With a price tag of $35 dollars per cocktail, the beverage is undoubtedly a splurge. Thankfully, getting buzzed off a caviar martini will do good in the world. For every caviar martini sold, Absolut Elyx and Baltaire are donating $2 to Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, which helps connect a child to ten meals.
Launching in tandem with a benefit for No Kid Hungry the evening of March 27, this caviar cocktail will be available at Baltaire until May 15. Because after all, even caviar dreams must eventually come to an end.