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The Economics and Ethics of the $26 Cocktail

September 24th, 2016

This week, Garrett Snyder reviewed Here’s Looking at You, a restaurant that has received almost as much attention for its $26 mai tai as for its inventive new American cooking. The price of the drink breaks some records in Los Angeles, at least on the level of a neighborhood spot with a cool cocktail program — I know there are bars and restaurants in town that charge big bucks for drinks, thanks to gimmicks or exceedingly rare spirits, but there’s something different about the $26 mai tai. It sets a new standard for what regular people are willing to pay in a regular restaurant for a drink. 

Is it worth the cost? Is the cost reasonable? Here’s what Garrett had to say on the matter:

And that $26 mai tai? It is indeed very good, but at roughly double the price of other cocktails on the list it’s hard to justify its value, considering that the indie rum used to make it is neither particularly rare nor outrageously expensive compared with other high-end spirits utilized at upscale cocktail bars. Try the perfectly suitable $15 mai tai instead, which is made with the same house-made orgeat and curaçao as its pricier sibling.

Even $15 would have been considered steep for a cocktail a year or two ago, even with house-made this and that. Raising the bar to $26 makes $15 look like a bargain in comparison. 

The reasoning behind the price, according to bartender Allan Katz, who created the drink, is the rare and limited rum that’s at the base of the cocktail. Katz tells the Los Angeles Business Journal, “The cost of making this drink is triple the cost of your average classic cocktail at this bar.” The rum — Smooth Ambler’s Revelation — is apparently very close to the Jamaican rums that would have been used when the mai tai was invented, meaning the drink is in some ways like tasting history. (I’ve had it. It was delicious. Was it $26 worth of delicious? I’m doubtful, but again, it’s the history you’re paying for, not just the deliciousness.)

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