Either/Or: Have An Expensive Mixologist Drink Or A Cheap Alternative

on 17/02/11 at 1:39 pm

Spirits

Truffle martini

The next time you go out for a celebratory drink, make sure you bring your black card (or apply for a small bank loan). All across the District, sommeliers and mixologists are offering uber-expensive libations for those with the urge to splurge. Whether you want to enjoy an aristocratic afternoon tea, a congratulatory toast or a once-in-a-lifetime bottle of wine, these sumptuous options are sure to please everyone except your financial planner.

Masterclass Martini

James Bond’s classic shaken, not stirred vodka martini seems like chump change when compared to Trummer’s on Main’s (7134 Main St., Clifton, Va.; 703-266-1623) $105 White Truffle Martini. This costly cocktail brings together top-shelf Hennessy XO cognac and Grand Marnier 150 liqueur with five slender slices of the fancy fungus (another three precious slivers are laid across the drink after it’s poured). The bold, dark tones of the cognac, and the bitter orange and vanilla of the liqueur blend well with the earthy tones of the truffles. “It’s definitely the most expensive drink I’ve ever sold,” admits owner Stefan Trummer. “I was nervous when I first made it, because you’re experimenting with a lot of money.”

Or You Could Buy: Three Lenox Tuscany Classics martini shaker sets, so you can make your own high-end highballs whenever you want.

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