If you carry around a fat wallet or one of those famous limitless credit cards, chances are there is always a fancy bar for you to flaunt it around by ordering a ludicrously expensive cocktail. Last weekend, Salvatore Calabrese broke the record for the world’s most expensive cocktail with his ‘Salvatore’s Legacy’ drink which was made up of ingredients more than 200 years old.
Salvatore, whose nickname is ’The Maestro’, made the costly concoction using 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 1770 Kummel Liqueur, Dubb Orange Curacao circa 1860 and two dashes of Angostura Bitters circa 1900s. The drink was valued at $8,800, smashing the previous record for the world’s most expensive cocktail that was held by The Skyview Bar of Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, which cost $7,400 a glass.
That might a one expensive cocktail, but not the most expensive bars have to offer. The list below features 10 of the most absurdly expensive cocktails and brews around the world.
10| Kentucky Derby Mint Julep | $1,000
@ Churchill Downs, KY | This $1000 cocktail is made of Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, turbinado sugar, Louisville-grown mint, and ice from a 10,000-year-old glacier. But the expense isn’t as much in the ingredients as it’s in the experience of drinking out of limited-edition Tiffany & Co. silver cup while watching the 2 minute long race.
9| Original Mai Tai | $1,270
@ Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland | This is J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum sourced from the real Trader Vic Bergeon “Trader Vic” of the 1940′s. Only six bottles from the original harvest remain and the Merchant Hotel owns one of them, so they charge an absurd amount of money to really rich people with cash to spare. This cocktail also includes a dash of real pirate ashes. (Not really.)
8| Platinum Passion | $1,500
@ The Duvet, New York, New York | Platinum Passion is The Duvet’s signature cocktail with a signature crazy price tag. It consists of L’Esprit de Courvoisier, a squeeze of lemon, wildflower honey, passion fruit syrup, forest berries, and brown sugar, with Ruinart Champagne. We’re still trying to figure out what justifies a $1500 price tag?
7| Ritz-Paris Sidecar | $1,670
@ Bar Hemingway, Ritz-Paris, France | The cocktail is a mix of Cointreau, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and the real kicker; Cognac champagne bottled between 1830 and 1870. In other words, this champagne has survived war, and damn it, they’re going to make sure you know it. (Mostly via your bank account.)
6| Sapphire Martini | $3,000
@ Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut | The Sapphire Martini consists of Bombay Sapphire gin, premium vodka, blue sugar (only for the rim of the glass), and dry vermouth. Not worth it, right? Oh yea, it also includes a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings. Ok, we guess we’re sold now.
5| Macallan Single Malt Whiskey | $4,000
@ Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Of course you can find $4,000-per-glass single malt whiskey in Dubai. Only 420 bottles of this whiskey were made. Skyview owns one, and you will pay handsomely for it. Macallan single malt is 55-year-aged scotch, poured out of a Lalique crystal decanter. Even more interesting, Skyview Bar used to offer a $7,400 cocktail made from the same scotch in a gold-plated glass. But that one sold out. Of course.
4| Diamond Cocktail | $4,350
@ Sheraton Park Tower Hotel, London | Give or take a few hundred collars on this cocktail. It really depends on the size of the diamond or ruby the bartender decides to drop into your liquid robbery. Ingredients are Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2001 Champagne, Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, Angostura bitters, topped with a sugar cube.
3| Martini on The Rock | $10,000
@ Algonquin Hotel, New York | Forget the olive, this martini comes with a giant pre-selected diamond! Touted as the “perfect way to propose” this martini requires a 72 hour advance arrangement and personal consultation for selecting your diamond. We gotta say, we wouldn’t be mad at all if this was how he proposed.
2| Ono Champagne Cocktail | $10,000
@ XS at the Encore Wynn, Las Vegas | This cocktail consists of ultra-rare Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, boasting some $90,000 a bottle. It also includes 4 ounces of Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, fresh-squeezed orange juice, apricot puree, and Sence rose nectar. You better win big at Black Jack to justify this price tag!
1| Diamond Is Forever | $22,600
@ Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan | And drum roll…the most expensive cocktail in the world! Ritz-Carlton Japan’s ‘Diamond is Forever’ cocktail takes the number one spot for most overpriced cocktail in the world. What you’ll get: a flawless one-carat diamond in Grey Goose Vodka with fresh lime juice. That’s one lucky girl!