Edit ModuleShow Tags

Top Shelf: The $150 Cocktail at Hotel Del Coronado

Serea's over-the-top libation delivers Champagne wishes and caviar dreams


Published:

Photo by Justin McChesney-Wachs

Hotel Del’s new seaside restaurant has been the talk of Coronado for its tableside service and fresh-out-of-the-ocean seafood. But when we heard they have a $150 drink on the menu, in the name of research we had to see it for ourselves. And as far as Champagne wishes and caviar dreams go, the Fugu Del delivers (literally) just that.

The recipe has just a few ingredients: Beluga Gold vodka (a premium Russian brand), housemade marcona almond orgeat, and Meyer lemon juice are shaken over ice as a base, then topped with a liberal pour of 2006 Dom Pérignon. But what makes the price tag hefty is the puffer-fish glass it’s served in—handblown by an artist in Spain—and it’s yours to take home. The presentation doesn’t end there.

The Fugu Del arrives at the table on a wooden boat along with a spoonful of caviar and a conch billowing a cloud of coconut-scented dry ice vapor. It’s unabashedly over the top (every time I took a sip, I thought, “There goes twenty bucks”), and that’s exactly what the cocktail’s inventor, Eric Hobbie, was aiming for.

“The Del has such a majestic presence to it, and I wanted to grace that with a cocktail which brought an equally powerful presence,” says Hobbie, a “corporate intoxicologist” at Clique Hospitality. He wanted the drink to touch all the senses, and that’s where the puffer fish’s sidekicks come in—the scented shell is reminiscent of an ocean breeze; the caviar brings the saline taste of the sea.

The buzz you’ll get from the Fugu is comparable to that of a French 75, and it’s only magnified by the fancy feeling you’ll experience when they bring it to you.

 

Serẽa Coastal Cuisine

1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado sereasandiego

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Best Chicken Wings In San Diego
    The results of food critic Troy Johnson’s epic quest for the city’s best tiny chicken
  2. San Diego's Best New Restaurants of 2019
    From a 200 million-dollar renovation project to a dirty little burger, these made a dent
  3. The Must-Try Dishes of 2019
    SD Mag food critic and Food Network judge Troy Johnson names his top dishes of the year
  4. Video: A Peek At Our Insiders Club
    For members only…New perks, insider info and access to the editors
  5. The SoCal (Social Calendar!)
    From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good
  6. Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020
    Whether you’re celebrating the end of a decade or the beginning of a new one, these are fine choices of venue.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles

October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Come See What’s New in Palm Springs

This SoCal city is constantly reinventing the landscape with new places to stay and play

Win Tickets to the 42nd Annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl

This year’s USC vs. Iowa match-up marks the Holiday Bowl’s third straight paring of teams that are ranked nationally in the top 25
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags