February 22, 2009

N.Y. bar honoring Oscars with $1,000 drink

A bartender at a high-end New York watering hole is giving a nod to Sunday night's Academy Awards with a $1,000 cocktail.

Hudson Library Bar bartender Marcelo Venegas said the Illy Issimo Academy Gold Cocktail being offered at an Oscars party at the bar features rum, Illy Issimo Latte Macchiato, lime juice and syrup, the New York Daily News reported.

There also is strawberry puree on its rim and it comes with a small gold-colored chocolate statue.

But what makes the beverage a truly costly treat is the digestible gold in its chilled martini glass.

Despite the unique ingredient, those who spoke with the Daily News felt $1,000 was a bit too much for a single drink.

Not unless it included two weeks' paid vacation, supermarket worker Stephen Lucas said of the Gold Cocktail.

They would have to put the elixir of life inside of it, 23-year-old college student Danielle Curran said.