NYC restaurant serves $2,500 cocktail for National Margarita Day


A classic margarita on the rocks. Photo by Akke Monasso, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

NEW YORK – Today is National Margarita Day, and to celebrate the auspicious occasion, New York’s Selena Rosa Restaurant is serving up a very special version of the classic Mexican libation. There’s only one catch. Its eye-watering price is $2,500.

Said to be the country’s most expensive margarita, Selena Rosa’s version was created by Mexican-American bartender Marco Antonio to mark the 70th anniversary of the cocktail’s invention.

Dubbed the “Silk Stocking Margarita,” after the upscale neighborhood where it got its start, the pricey beverage will be served alongside caviar tacos and other contemporary Mexican-fusion delicacies. The cocktail is made with Clase Azul Ultra Anejo Tequila, which costs over $1,500 per 750ml, retail. Additionally, the serving glass is rimmed with a blend of exclusive Mexican salts and garnished with a fresh-cut lime and spiral-cut jalapeño, skewered by a mini beach umbrella, and complemented by rose pedals.

The margarita was invented in 1948 in Acapulco, Mexico, a small beach-front paradise, by Margarita Sames. The perfect combination of sweet, salty, and bitter, it has become a favorite north of the border, as well.

According to recent estimates, 185,000 margarita cocktails are made and consumed in America per hour on average. Tequila, the base alcohol of the drink, is also widely regarded as America’s favorite liquor, with 44% of American drinkers naming it their top pick. It is estimated that an average margarita, which is served in several mixed-fruit variations, costs approximately $8.75 across the United States.

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