A Martini, But Make it Diamonds

The best cocktails – at least at The Capital Grille – come with a side of sparkle


Leave it to The Capital Grille to redefine “top shelf.” This month, the downtown steakhouse is serving up something totally different: a martini made with rarified vodka and served with a diamond necklace.

The Doumato Diamond Martini is a partnership with Ephraim Doumato Jewelers in Smithfield. The martini itself is made with Clix Vodka, distilled 159 times, which tastes “as pure as it gets, like glacial water,” according to Mark Phillips, wine director of the restaurant. The entire state only got five bottles, he says, and they’re all at Capital Grille. The drink – which includes the jewelry – will set you back $1,000.

The necklace, though, is worth $1,600. It has nine diamonds in graduated size, bezel set into 14 karat white gold, according to Matt Doumato of Doumato Jewelers. “We want people to be buying their significant other diamonds for Valentine’s Day,” he says, “and what better way to do it than at The Capital Grille?”

But then again, you don’t need to wait for someone to gift the Doumato Diamond Martini to you. As Lizzo says, “If you’re by yourself, then go and buy yourself another round from the bottle on the higher shelf.” What the prophetess of self-love didn’t say – but definitely would agree with – is that diamonds in the drink are even better.