January 16, 2014

The World’s 5 Most Expensive Cocktails

Nothing says a “bit of luxury” like a cocktail. They make the night not only pleasing, but also colorful and more vibrant. We definitely have to pay the price for a fine cocktail, but some of the world’s best demand hundreds and thousands of dollars for an elite, unique selection.

5. Macallan Single Malt Whiskey – Skyview Bar, Bur Al Arab, Dubai ($4,000)

Macallan is said to be derived from the Gaelic Words “magh” and “ellan” which mean fertile ground and “of St. Fillian”, an Irish monk who spread Christianity in Great Scotland. Exceptionally unique, there are only around 420 bottles left of the 55-year old Macallan single malt scotch to date, and the Skyview Bar in Dubai has “the 287th bottle” making it the fifth most expensive cocktail. Originally, the Skyview Bar sold the same scotch in a gold-plated glass for a cocktail that amounted to $7,400, but was eventually sold out.

4. Diamond Cocktail – Sheraton Park Hotel, London ($4,350)

The Diamond Cocktail is famous for its distinct flavor and also for the stone that is placed at the bottom of the drink. It uses a blend of cognacs where some may cost more than $1,000 per bottle. It uses Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2001 Champagne, Remy Louis Martin XIII cognac, Angostura bitters, and a sugar cube. The Sheraton Park Hotel’s pride may vary in price depending on the size and quality of the gem inside the drink. When it comes to the stone, the buyer also has the choice of choosing between a diamond or a ruby.

3.  Martini on the Rock – Algonquin Hotel, New York ($10,000)

The Algonquin Hotel in New York stands out as having been the domain for the Algonquin Roundtable, which includes the literary highlights of Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Harold Ross among many others. It is now notable for its Martini on the Rock, which needs a 72-hour reservation and consultation with the hotel jeweler for the diamond, which will be added to the drink. The Martini on the Rock is mostly used for special occasions, especially proposals. Preparing the drink takes a lot of effort and can range as high as $15,000 or even more. On the bright side, you can sell the diamond afterwards if not given as a gift.

2. Ono Champagne Cocktail – Encore Wynn, Las Vegas ($10,000)

The Ono Champagne is expensive in terms of its contents – the jewel-encrusted glass is served with an 18-karat gold necklace. Las Vegas’ Ono Champagne Cocktail is made from the rare Charles Heidsieck Champagne from 1981, the extremely rare Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac that costs up to $90,000/bottle, fresh orange juice, Sence rose nectar, apricot, and two ice cubes.

1. Diamonds are Forever – Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan ($22,600)

The Ritz-Carlton of Tokyo City is considered “the sky’s limit”. Aside from the hotel’s soaring height, the hotel managed to create the most expensive martini in the world. The Diamonds are Forever cocktail is a blend of Grey Goose vodka with a lime twist and a high quality, flawless, one-carat diamond that costs as much as $16,000. There have only been two glasses of this cocktail sold to date. However, the Diamonds are Forever still stands its ground as the most expensive cocktail and one of the most stylish, at that.

Together, these drinks make the list of the most expensive cocktails in the world. Whether or not the price may fit them, they most definitely have made their mark in the world for their class and individuality.

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