2A - Friday, September 21, 2007
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The king of cocktails
For $36, you might expect
a massive drink, maybe one of
those big, ridiculous-looking
cocktails, but The Tsar martini at
Caf6 Felix - the most expensive
cocktail on Main Street - is just
To say it's just a martini,
though, borders on blasphemy.
It's the equivalent of saying
Michael Jordan was just a basket-
The martini itself is simple:
three ounces of vodka, a half-
ounce of dry vermouth and a
twist of lemon pressed around
the edge of the glass.
If you do the math, this works
out to a little more than $10 per
Is it worth it? Yes.
The vermouth alone is special.
Imported from Italy, Stock Dry
Vermouth provides a nice base
for this special beverage, adding
a subtle hint of sweetness and fla-
vor to the gentle concoction.
The vermouth isn't why you'd
ever buy this drink, though -
especially not for $36. The magic
of this wonderful drink derives
from its wonderful vodka, Rega-
lia Gold Russian.
by any means. The bite found in
any other vodka is missing from
this brilliant booze. If you're
inclined to chug a $36 drink, this
vodka isn't about to stop you.
The finish provides a fasci-
nating contrast. At first, it has
a sweet taste with a hint of the
lemon twist, but then it begins to
taste like warm buttered toast. It
leaves the slightest vodka taste
lingering on your tongue for min-
utes after each sip.
The vodka comes from a state-
run Russian distillery in the old
city of Yaroslavl, near Moscow.
It's distilled using a 300-year-old
recipe, still using wheat grown in
the "black soil" region of Russia.
After a five-stage purification
process, Regalia Gold lies in a
white-gold vat for six months "to
gain nobility and to acquire reju-
venating properties," the compa-
ny's website says.
The bottle itself looks like a
crown, better suited for a safe at
Buckingham Palace than a shelf
behind a bar. Its golden cap is let-
tered with Russian script.
The vodka is so exclusive that
Cafe Felix has just one or two
bottles at any given time. The bar
can't get cases from a distribu-
tor, said Andy Mohr, a bartender
at the restaurant who mixed the
The drink, added to the menu
a month ago, is described best on
the menu: "The Tsar - Not for
peasants; Regalia Gold Russian
vodka served with a lemon twist,
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