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The $10,000 Martini

The famed Algonquin hotel, where the Round Table once gathered is now offering a $10,000 martini.

The martini comes with a loose diamond at the bottom. No spontaneous drunken ordering allowed—the martini requires 72 hours’ notice including a meeting with a jeweler to choose the stone. The martini has been on the menu for a week and no one has ordered one yet.

This leads to a very interesting etiquette question: when ordering a martini with a diamond at the bottom, does one let it rest there until the drink is finished, or fish it out first to prevent overenthusiastic swallowing? 

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