$100 Martini With Edible Silver & Once Extinct Chocolate
Instead of making a list of false promises this January, begin 2019 by resolving to treat yourself. If you’re looking to indulge, head over to Austin cocktail lounge Academia for their new and expertly crafted $100 Chocolate Martini.
The martini’s star ingredient is To’ak Chocolate, made from the oldest known variety of cacao and thought to be the rarest in the world. It’s so rare, in fact, that the Nacional Cacao tree from which it is harvested was thought to be extinct for over a century. Only 15 trees remain living today, and the cacao is harvested seasonally in a similar fashion to grapes for fine wine.
Of his choice to use the To’ak chocolate, Academia bar director Russell Davis says, “Not only has To’ak created a one of a kind chocolate with an incredible story about finding the last of the original species of cacao in the rainforests of Ecuador, but they also work hard to rebuild and conserve the rainforest from which their cacao is sourced. In addition to bringing people the experience of having the rarest chocolate as an ingredient in their drink, we will also be donating 10% of the proceeds of this sale to the conservation group Third Millennium Alliance.”
In addition to the To’ak Chocolate, the $100 Chocolate Martini includes Edible Silver floating atop the cocktail, Grey Goose La Vanille Vodka made with real Madagascan vanilla beans, 1 locally sourced fresh farm egg, 12-year aged balsamic vinegar, and a blast of Liquid Nitrogen.
The delectable drink will carry you through the coldest months of winter and into February when, on Valentine’s Day, the rich and luxurious cocktail can be used to treat your special someone as well.