6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

How much would you usually pay for a cocktail? If you thought that £40.00 was a bit steep then you’re about to be amazed. The current world record for most expensive cocktail stands at $50,000. It was created in Moscow to commemorate the opening of the Reka Moscow restaurant and was only served once (so any wishful purchasers can put their wallets away). Its’ ingredients are unclear, but it was reported to include three 1.5 carat diamonds.

Cocktail

So what makes a cocktail expensive? Well for one, these concoctions don’t necessarily just contain you’re average Grey Goose Vodka; the spirits used can date back over a hundred years and some have been known to include gem stones in the bottom of the glass. On another note they are served in some of the most prestigious and well known venues which already have a hefty price tag attached to enter. The cocktails can also take time to make; some of them up to two days to prepare, which just shows that these aren’t spur of the moment purchases they are a planned experience to be remembered.

Bar

Name: 27.321

Price: £4500
Where: Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab Tower, Dubai

This cocktail is served with a view of Dubai; and you could say you’re paying more for the view and the prestige than for the drink itself. The cocktail is served in an 18 karat golden cup and consists of 55 year old Macallan and passion fruit sugar. Don’t forget, this cocktail is served in Dubai where diamond encrusted credit cards, fleets of super cars and seven star hotels are the norm.

Whisky connoisseurs woul state  that the sugar ruinssuch aged whisky, however as the cocktail is served on the 27th floor, perhaps the owners were hoping the heights would go to customers heads, which it possibly did as this cocktail sold out! But don’t worry, you can still buy the Macallan whisky here, just without the extras.

Name: Salvatores Legacy

Price: £5,500 per glass
Where: Salvatore at Playboy London

Created by Salvatore Calabrese, a renowned mixologist whose personal collection of Cognac is worth over 1 million dollars and date back to 1770. This cocktail contains the worlds oldest ingredients; containing 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 1770 kümmel liqueur, circa-1860 Dubb Orange Curaçao and two dashes of Angostura Bitters from the early 1900s. People travel all over the world to sample these cognacs, and even if this particular cocktail is not for you, if you’re a keen cognac drinker this bar is definitely worth a visit.

Name: The Winston

Price: £8583 per glass
Where: Club 23, Melbourne, Australia

This drink is made with 60ml of Croizet’s 1858 ‘Cuvee Leonie’ cognac (which currently holds the Guiness World Record for most expensive Cognac sold at auction), mixed with Grand Marnier, Chartreuse, and bitters. It takes two days to prepare and once broke the world record for Most Expensive Drink. However, now it has fallen behind in the world of mixology as bars and hotels have jumped on (or off) the bandwagon and created expensive masterpieces, some worth more than double the price.

Name: Diamond is Forever

Price: £13,199 per glass
Where: Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan

Ignoring the name which is questionable English, a bad James Bond pun, and not a direct translation, this drink on the surface is quite simple. Despite the Bond links, (the bar plays the theme tune whenever it’s ordered) it’s not a Martini, it is a glass of vodka with a squeeze of lime (Grey Goose Vodka no less, but still not worth that price tag). So what makes it so expensive? Well there’s a one carat diamond hiding in the bottom of course. Which is confusing, as last time we checked diamonds were tasteless; however a perfect compromise for a holidaying couple if one wants to visit the pub and the other wants to go to the jewellers. The Ritz Carlton in New York offers a cheaper version which includes a diamond engagement ring and requires a 72 hour consultation with owner and jewellery designer, we can’t decide if this is slightly too cliché.

Name: Ruby Rose Cocktail

Price: £23, 000 per glass
Where: White Barn Inn, Maine, USA

Created to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of this establishment, it contains Hanger One Vodka, St Germain, grapefruit, pomegranate and rosewater. Sounds like it should be cheap right? It usually goes for $18, but for this occasion they’ve added a 4 carat Ruby as a garnish (you can forget your standard orange peel at this establishment) which obviously adds a substantial sum on to the price.

Name: Rekas Moscow

Price: £29 ,000 per glass
Where: Reka, Moscow, Russia

More of a PR stunt than a speciality, this cocktail requires a special mention on this list. It was only served once to celebrate the opening of the Reka restaurant in Moscow. The cocktail contained three 1.5 carat diamonds (the actual liquid contents was not reported). This is now classed as the worlds most expensive drink, although you can now no longer purchase it.

Alexandra Howse is Events and Marketing Manager at Le Grand Joux.

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  1. Amy says:

    Wow… I’d love to try all of these! I want to know who’s got the money to spend £29k on a drink! Crazy…

  2. Pangaea, a nightclub in Singapore has a USD $26,000 cocktail. The “Jewel of Pangea” has a 1-carat diamond. The ingredients of the cocktail are Richard Hennessy cognac infused with gold-flakes; a smoked raw sugar cube infused with a mixture of apple wood, hickory wood and lemon wood; smoke-infused Jerry Thomas bitters; and 1985 vintage Krug. The remainder of the bottle is left on the table for the guests – I should hope so to at that price.

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