A bar close to Donald Trump’s White House is selling a drink made from Dom Pérignon champagne, Don Julio tequila and other pricey ingredients
Your champagne wishes just got a lot pricier.
A posh new hotel bar in the Washington DC area has unveiled a $1,000 punch cocktail called the “Dom-arita,” which mixes Don Julio 1942 tequila; Grand Marnier
Quintessence, a pricey orange-y liqueur; freshly squeezed lime juice; agave nectar and other seasonal fruits. That concoction, which is served in a decanter, is then slowly topped with Dom Pérignon champagne. The Dom-arita serves between six to 10 imbibers.
The creator of the Dom-arita is Antony Sazerac, head bartender at the Blossom Cocktail Lounge at the MGM National Harbor, which is a 26-minute motorcade ride from Donald Trump’s new digs. A rep for Blossom said she didn’t think many Dom-aritas had been sold recently, but since the capital is by some estimates the priciest American city, it’s not hard to imagine that a few black cards have been slapped down for the drink.
Is the Dom-arita any good?
David Wondrich, who literally wrote the book on punch drinks, thinks it sounds mediocre. “It’s going to taste like a margarita topped off with champagne…not terrible,” the editor of the upcoming “Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails” encyclopedia tells Moneyish. “But would I pay $1,000 for it? Hell no.”
That said, the swanky drink’s price tag is actually less crazy than it sounds. After subtracting the cost of notoriously expensive Dom Pérignon champagne, which can of course be substituted, Wondrich says a similar drink would probably go for $150 elsewhere. Given that more than half a dozen people can drink it, that’s not much out of line with prices at top bars.
It’s also a nice way to show off in a posh watering hole. “It’s a status thing and you also get quality ingredients for the same price as bottle service, which comes with things like cranberry soda,” notes Gary Gruver, global operations beverage director at Marriott International, who has visited the bar.
“It’s a publicity stunt, but no more stupid than a lot of other publicity stunts,” says Wondrich, adding that if you can stomach less august ingredients, the drink can be made relatively easily at home for less than $20.
The Dom-arita is the latest example of how D.C.’s dining and drinking scene, which began booming early in the first Obama administration, continues to thrive during the Trump presidency. Despite the president’s anti-establishment rhetoric, power dining spots like Cafe Milano continue to be buzzy destinations. Indeed, members of Trump’s own administration sometimes even frequent said hotspots.
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