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May 3, 2012

Money Cocktails

With an eye to this weekend's big bout featuring Floyd “Money” Mayweather, we couldn't help but think of a few big money cocktails that just might fit the occasion. Here, we’ve rounded up three suggestions for drinks that weigh in over the $50 mark. For the money, we suspect they're knockouts.

NEW YORK: La Bebida de Sus Sueños

Understandably, the cuisine at Sueños overshadows the cocktails. Well, perhaps all but one: La Bebida de Sus Sueños. Translated, it means “The Drink of Your Dreams,” and it may be just that. Made with Herradura Selección Suprema Añejo, Grand Marnier Cuvee du Cent Cinquantenaire (aka Grand Marnier 150), fresh squeezed citrus juice, and a float of Del Maguey 100% Tobala, this concoction is delicious enough to warrant $69 a pop. 311 W 17th St., 212.243.1333

LOS ANGELES: The Benjamin

Available on Fridays and Saturdays only, The Benjamin is offered at renowned Chicago Mexican culinary king Rick Bayless’s L.A. spot, Red O, and comes with a whopping $100 price tag. In addition to the customary Herradura Selección Suprema Añejo and Grand Marnier Cuvee du Cent Cinquantenaire found in other big money cocktails, The Benjamin ups the ante by also adding Patron Burdelos and Partida Elegante. The finished drink is poured over homemade lime sorbet ice cubes and a Louis XII cognac float before being finished with a Blood Orange caviar and an edible gold-and-kosher salt rim. 8155 Melrose Avenue, 323.655.5009

CHICAGO: Maria Felix Margarita

When it comes to a margarita good enough to drop big money on, Adobo Grill is no newcomer. As far back as 2003, The Chicago Tribune highlighted its Maria Felix Margarita. Very simply made with Herradura Selección Suprema, Grand Marnier 150, fresh lime juice and topped off with a sea salt rim, the Maria Felix has held steady in price, rising from a mere $50 in 2003 to just $55 today. 1610 N. Wells Street, 312.266.7999


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