Can I Interest You in a Kale Martini? No? How About a Foie Gras Martini?

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April 4 2014 6:36 PM

This Week in Vile-Sounding “Martinis”

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Does this look like gin or vermouth to you?

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As the afternoon winds down, you may be trying to decide whether to toast the end of the workweek with beer, wine, or spirits. Can I interest you in a kale or foie gras martini instead? These are real concoctions served at upscale restaurants in populous American cities, and the food media shone a spotlight on both this week.

At New York’s new Chalk Point Kitchen, helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, bartender William Bastian is mixing “cucumber, celery, lime, lemon, and kale juices (pressed in-house) with ginger beer and apple vodka,” according to Grub Street. In a photo, the $13 cocktail looks like something Poison Ivy might drink and is garnished with a lemon half-wheel.

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In Las Vegas, Eater reminded us on Wednesday, Andre’s, one of the restaurants in the Monte Carlo, serves a sludgy-looking emulsification of “Grade A foie gras, vodka, brandy, clover honey and Tahitian vanilla bean.” “This very popular martini at Andre Rochat's restaurant sells for $18,” writes the food blog’s Susan Stapleton.

I am all for creative mixology, and I am aware that kale and foie gras are both delicious ingredients, but I must say that hearing about these cocktails sets my teeth on edge. Just because a libation is served in a martini glass doesn’t mean it’s a martini. And I know I’m not alone in saying that I would much rather drink a real martini—perhaps one of the contestants of Slate’s Martini Madness tournament—with kale chips or foie gras on the side. Whatever your poison is, cheers.

L.V. Anderson is a Slate assistant editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong. 

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