First-ever liquid platinum margarita swirls on its own -- and it's completely edible
Social media has become one of the biggest outlets for sharing with people what we're eating and drinking.
It's because of this that restaurants, bars and fooderies alike are creating over the top dishes and cocktails that are works of art in and of themselves.
But it begs the ever-present question of whether or not half of these items on our screens are even edible, let alone whether or not they taste good.
So when we set out to try this stunning metallic margarita that moves and swirls on its own, we were bracing ourselves for the gritty metal aftertaste because there's no way something that iridescent could match its stunning aesthetic with appealing flavor, too.
Much to our surprise, this margarita was just as intricately flavorful as it was lustrous — we're talking notes of apricot, marshmallow and tequila, of course.
This seemingly random, yet somehow complementary assortment of flavors came together under the invention of world-renowned bartender Rael Petit at Delilah in New York City.
Check out our live demo with Rael Petit on the AOL Finance Facebook page:
The cocktail has been dubbed the first-ever liquid platinum margarita --which Petit compares to a "kids' science fair" type of project.
It combines agave, dolin (a French white vermouth) and Gran Patrón Platinum as a solid, boozy base.
Homemade rosewater (brewed from edible flowers grown in The Hamptons) is added, followed by xanthan gum, an all-natural powder used in most bake-shops.
The powder is quickly stirred in to the mixture (if left still for too long, it will turn the liquid to a gelatin-like consistency) and then combined with an edible silver powder.
The drink is then set aside and refrigerated for 24 hours.
Having worked with these non-traditional additives before, Petit knew that he had the materials and skillet necessary to perfect the drink, yet it took trial and error to get the margarita to look and react the way it does:
"The first time I tried it, I couldn't understand why it wasn't working — I kept trying over and over and over again and basically after I gave up on it, I just left it aside in my fridge...the next day I woke up and it just changed color and created all these weird effects, like special effects but naturally made...it made no sense to me at first, but I actually made it happen!"
Like any good piece of art, sometimes it takes walking away and coming back to complete your masterpiece.
The margarita is garnished with an edible silver orchid, which is where the sweeter marshmallow notes come in, thanks to the edible silver spray.
This molten-metal-looking liquid in the drink creates waves on the side of each glass in a slow-motion inward/outward movement.
But beware: The tasty cocktail left our lips painted a metallic silver!
This incredibly instagrammable drink is available through the end of March at Delilah in Manhattan's Lower East Side for $100 a glass, with a required 24-hour notice if you plan on ordering.
Now, check out this $500 pizza infused with Patrón:
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