While we all go around complaining about $15 dollar cocktails, someone in Kentucky is dropping a G on some mint julep. And that's mere chump change compared to the drink that takes the #1 spot. Here are the ten most expensive cocktails in the world.
10. Kentucky Derby Mint Julep, $1,000, Churchill Downs, KY (above)
This $1k 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 in a really large hat, of course.
9. Original Mai Tai, $1270, 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, $1500, 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, $3000, 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
Sheraton Park Hotel
Give or take a few hundred collars on this cocktail. It really depends on the size of the diamond
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.
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
Ritz Carlton Tokyo
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!