30 Sep '13, 5pm
At $500, you may want to nurse this martini slowly
A martini made with premium cognac, Grand Marnier , champagne and a twist of lemon is being sold for $500 in the US — but don’t worry, you get to keep the glass. To celebrate the completion of a $1 million-renovation of their Lobby Lounge and Bar, the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis in Missouri has created a $500 martini they’ve dubbed the Grand XIII. The luxury cocktail takes its name from the Louis XIII de Remy Martin cognac which makes up the base of the drink — a bottle of that costs more than $2,000 itself. The beverage is served in a Waterford crystal glass that the customer can keep. The bar at the Lobby Lounge — which offers a selection of 200 different martinis — includes flavors such as the Strawberry Fields Forever martini made with Stoli Strawberry vodka and the Gooey Butter Cake martini, a liquid version of the savory treat that native St. Louisans grow up on. And whil...