Monday, August 3, 2015

Yes, it's a $1,000 cocktail, but...

Which may strike you as hoary and commercial - like the $16 drink "inspired" by Princess Grace that the Rittenhouse Hotel is selling, or the $100 cheesesteak that Barclay Prime got national attention for a few years back.

Yes, it's a $1,000 cocktail, but...

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The $1,000 cocktail served at Le Meridien in Swarovski glass.
The $1,000 cocktail served at Le Meridien in Swarovski glass. via Le Meridien

Le Meridien Hotel (1421 Arch St.) is selling a $1,000 cocktail through the holidays.

Which may strike you as hoary and commercial - like the $16 drink "inspired" by Princess Grace that the Rittenhouse Hotel is selling, or the $100 cheesesteak that Barclay Prime got national attention for a few years back.

But hear me out.

The hotel is partnering with Swarovski, the jewelry company, on the drink, called the Getaway.

It is made with citrus vodka, crème de violette and sparkling wine and contains edible flowers. It is served in a limited edition, custom-crystalized Swarovski martini glass embellished by Nick Regine.

Buy the drink and a set of the glasses and two pieces of Swarovski jewelry are yours.

The clincher: All of the $1,000 price will be donated to the charity of your choice.

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