Although the Olympics are more than 5,000 miles away, patrons at WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at downtown L.A.’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, can still have a taste of the gold.
Klaus Puck, the restaurant’s beverage director and Wolfgang’s brother, has designed a gold-flecked British cocktail for the restaurant’s bar to celebrate the London Games.
This is the first drink special for the two-year-old restaurant in the LA Live complex.
The drink, named Go for the Gold, is a martini featuring Oxley gin mixed with syrup and egg whites, and fresh-picked rosemary from the Ritz-Carlton’s rooftop garden.
A winning finish comes with the 24-karat gold flakes sprinkled on top; they pay homage to the Olympic medals, as well as the restaurant itself, which is on the hotel’s 24th floor. Also, a portion of the money for each drink sold will go to the Special Olympics.
The price is also set at $24 – steep even by London standards. Still, it’s cheaper than the cost of a transatlantic flight.
“The cocktail is pricier than our standard drinks,” said Paul Rossi, Ritz-Carlton’s food and beverage director. “But we have had no push-back on the price thus far.”
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