Craft cocktails can be an expensive binge, especially if they come with custom creations like diamond earrings, jewel-encrusted glasses and vintage liquor. If you enjoy a side of diamonds with your cocktail, take a look at these extravagant concoctions that will truly carve a hole in your wallet.
Diamonds Are Forever, Ritz Carlton, Tokyo — $22,000
Inspired by the James Bond movie, this fancy cocktail from Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is prepared with a smooth blend of chilled Absolut Elyx Vodka and a splash of lime juice. This smooth concoction might not seem reason enough for its hefty USD 22,000 price tag but wait till you take a look inside. The third ingredient inside these fancy cocktails is an even fancier one-carat brilliant diamond ring.
The Winston, Club 23 Melbourne, Australia — $12,040
The Winston cocktail has earned a name for itself for many reasons. First and most obviously, the cocktail is named after former UK PM Winston Churchill. The cocktail is made using two shots of the ultra-expensive 1858 Croizet Cognac (each shot sells for USD 6,000), along with a USD 800 Grand Marnier Quintessence and rare Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge. It is then garnished with a dash of angostura bitters and chocolate nutmeg dust.
Martini on the Rocks, Algonquin Hotel, New York – $10,000
Everything about New York city screams opulence and extravagance. This fancy martini is no exception. A very clever pun, the “on the rock” bit of the name is no joke as this martini comes with an actual shiny rock! Netizens who want to give this one a try have to make a three-day prior reservation which entails a meeting with the in-house jewellery maker to select your own diamond. Then, depending on your choice of the diamond, the cocktail will cost you anywhere between USD 10,000 -15,000.
Ono Champagne Cocktail, The Encore Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas – $10,000
Among the many glamourous offerings of the city of Las Vegas is a very expensive champagne cocktail called Ono. Served at Encore Hotel, the cocktail is prepared with the combination of a rare 1981 Charles Heidsieck Champagne and the Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac, mixed with fresh orange juice, apricot juice and rose nectar. The cocktail is then served in a jewel-encrusted glass along with an 18-carat gold necklace, which you get to keep as a gift.
Salvatore’s Legacy, The Playboy Club, London — $7,000
Also part of the World Guinness Records is this very special cocktail created by The Playboy Club’s bartender Salvatore Calabrese. It uses only the fanciest vintage liquors including a 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, a 1770 Kummel liqueur, an 1860 Dubb Orange Curacao and a tiny bottle of 19th-century Angostura bitters. With so many aged ingredients, this cocktail also nabs the title of the cocktail with the oldest ingredients in the world, where the ingredients have a combined age of 730 years.
Served in Connecticut’s popular Foxwoods Resort Casino, this Sapphire Martini cocktail used to cost a mere USD 24. However, upon noticing its popularity, the management decided to hike up the price to an shocking USD 3,000, presenting it with a set of sapphire and diamond earrings. The cocktail itself is made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, dry vermouth and orange-flavoured liquor that has been dyed blue to go with the name.
Sidecar, Ritz Hotel, Paris – $1,670
Apart from being one of the most expensive drinks, the Sidecar cocktail is also one of the oldest cocktails, standing in competition with the Salvatore. Originally created in 1923 by chief barman Frank Meier, this bright orange cocktail is made using very old Cognac champagne which dates back to the mid-1800s. A standard Cointreau and a dash of lemon are further added giving the drink a unique flavour.
Original Mai Tai, Merchant Hotel Mai Tai, Belfast – $1,270
Mai Tai is a popular cocktail around the world. However, there’s only one place that serves it with the original recipe and that is Belfast’s Merchant Hotel. The cocktail was first prepared in 1944 by Victor J. Bergeron who used a very rare J. Wray & Nephew rum which will cost about USD 31,000 for 750ml today. The cocktail is prepared with both white and dark rum, along with orange curacao, Orgeat syrup and fresh lime juice. It is served on the rocks with a lime wedge.