Where: Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel in California
No, this cocktail isn’t named after Dorothy Zbornak’s follically challenged ex from “The Golden Girls.” The cocktail available at the legendary Polo Lounge is named in honor of Stanley Anderson, the hotel’s owner during prohibition.
The drink contains a mix of Hennessy Paradis Imperial and Hennessy Paradis cognacs with 100-year-old Grand Marnier and a Benedictine rinse. The Paradis Imperial is a blend of rare 19th and 20th century cognacs and goes for over $2,000 a bottle, while the Paradis blend features Hennessy’s oldest eaux-de-vie and is worth around $1,000 a bottle.
The drink’s namesake is just as interesting as its highly prized ingredients. On December 15, 1924, police raided the hotel, turning up 300 cases of liquor. Anderson stubbornly claimed they were his personal possessions. He was arrested and fined $500, which would be over $7,000 today. By comparison, his signature cocktail is a bargain.