Naming cocktails quirky, if not provacative names is a trend long played out by popular Manhattan mixologists.

Scanning the cocktail menu at Abajo guests will peruse over S6X Train, El Hipster and El Borracho, deciding what fruity, boozy combinations they're ready to sip in the dark, downstairs cocktail lounge at Anejo Tribeca.

However, one item on the menu, El Tranny, has raised a few eyebrows. 

Slang for transsexual, transgender or transvestite, the pejorative is an odd name for a sprightly pink cocktail.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) official media guide considers "tranny" to be a defamatory term, comparing it to "shemale" or "he/she."

GLAAD also notes "that while some transgender people may use 'tranny' to describe themselves, others find it profoundly offensive."

The term, however, is not clearly derogatory to all. Celebrity drag queen, RuPaul Charles, controversially stated on Marc Maron's WTF podcast last May that people offended by the word tranny are "fringe people who are looking for story lines to strengthen their identity as victims."

People didn't love that statement, but it definitely alludes to some confusion towards using the term in mainstream language.

Abajo is not a gay bar, nor does it have any known associations with the NYC's LGBT community.

So why is this cocktail on the menu?

Louis Fata, the head bartender, created and named the drink. His publicist shared his inspiration with us:

"I got the inspiration from the Mexican Loteria card game/street art that I came across. There was a play on one of the cards 'El Tranny'. I thought that it was awesome and incorporated it into the design of the room (it's in the wallpaper). The cocktail is a vibrant pink color--from the prickly pear-- and looks very feminine. However I use 110 proof tequila (masculine) which packs a punch. Hence - El Tranny."

In an age when mainstream media is discouraged from using this defamatory word, is it shocking to see it printed on the menu of a chic Mexican restaurant? Is sipping el Tranny offensive or all in good fun?