Why buy a house when you could try the world’s 7 most expensive cocktails?
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Apr 26, 2018
26 November 2020
1. Diamond Cocktail – £4,350
Bringing together vintage champagne with a number of £500-a-bottle cognacs, this Sheraton Park Hotel drink also comes with a diamond, which can be customised or substituted with a stone of the customer’s choice. Perfect for engagements, or when you have a day that only a booze-soaked jewel can fix…
2. The Winston – AU$12,500 (£7,250)
Named after Winston Churchill, this cocktail will bankrupt you on the beaches, the landing grounds and at Melbourne’s Club 23, where it is served. Alongside £120,000-a-bottle cognac, this drink brings together Grand Marnier, Chartreuse, Angostura bitters and chocolate nutmeg dust.
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3. Ono Champagne Cocktail – $10,000 (£7,550)
Served at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas, this beverage is more like a goody bag than a cocktail. The drink combines rare cognac, champagne, rose nectar, orange juice, and apricot purée. It is served by a team of 20 and comes with custom glassware, a set of cufflinks and a gold, diamond and pearl necklace.
4. Martini on the Rock – around $10,000 (£7,550)
Got 72 hours and ten grand burning a hole in your back pocket? Then try this from the Blue Bar at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. A martini made to your choice, with your very own diamond from the hotel’s jeweller.
5. Gigi’s – £8,888
Although the London bar of the same name’s claim that Gigi’s is the ‘world’s most expensive cocktail’ is disproven by the fact that it is here at number 5, unlike many other drinks on our list, this doesn’t contain a jewel. What it does have, however, is 1990 Vintage Cristal mixed with an extremely rare 1888 Armagnac. Oh, and a little gold leaf, of course.
6. Diamond is Forever – 2,000,000¥ (£13,250)
Inspired by Sean Connery’s worst Bond film, this is a cocktail you’ll have to pay back (with your best Shirley Bassey impression) forever, forever, foreeeeeevvvvvveeeerrrrr. If you order this drink from Tokyo’s Ritz-Carlton, you get a full-band rendition of that song before being served chilled Grey Goose, a twist of lime and, inevitably, a 1-carat diamond.
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7. Ruby Rose – $40,000 (£30,200)
The queen of expensive beverages, the Ruby Rose is not a tribute to the actress-of-sorts from ‘Orange is the New Black’. Instead, it celebrates 40 years of The White Barn Inn in Maine. Vodka, St-Germain, grapefruit, pomegranate juice and rose water combine with a 4-carat ruby to create a drink that will put your bank balance right in the red.
From drinks containing diamonds to mixtures of some of the rarest spirits, here’s to spending a year’s rent on some eye-waveringly expensive alcohol!
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