- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2004

NEW YORK (Agence France-Presse) — New York’s Algonquin Hotel, once the haunt of 1920s literati like Dorothy Parker, is making a fresh bid for notoriety by offering a $10,000 martini cocktail.

The vodka, vermouth and olives are much the same as in any martini, but the twist lies in the “ice” — in this case a diamond from the hotel’s in-house jeweler, the Daily News reported yesterday.

So far, no guest has had the thirst for glamour or the checkbook required to order a “Martini on the Rock,” but hotel General Manager Anthony Melchiorri told the newspaper that he was hoping to catch some wealthy suitors looking for a unique marriage proposal.

The cocktail, with the diamond nestled in the bottom of the glass, must be ordered three days in advance and the final price can vary according to the size and quality of the diamond.

The Algonquin was famous for hosting its “round table” regulars led by Miss Parker, whose oft-quoted witticisms included: “I love a martini — but two at the most. Three, I’m under the table; four, I’m under the host.”

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