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The 8 most expensive cocktails in the world

by Sophie Eadon - May 17, 2017

Do you wince at the price of wine? Perspire over Prosecco or get in a flap over fizz? If the answer is yes, we strongly suggest you do not read on…for here is a list of the eight most expensive cocktails in the world. Diamond Cocktail anyone? We’ll take three…

1. The Kentucky Derby Mint Julep – $1,000 (£776.80)

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race that is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May. 120,000 Mint Juleps are served each year, however this is not your average Mint Julep. The Kentucky Derby Mint Julep is served in a silver Tiffany & Co glass and is made up of Woodford Reserve bourbon, Moroccan mint, sugar from the South Pacific and ice from the Arctic Circle…that’s right, the Arctic Circle.

2. Original Mai Tai – $1,270 (£986.54)

Nothing puts you in the holiday-mood like a Mai Tai. A few cubes of ice and a little paper umbrella and your reaching for your sunnies! However, the ‘Original Mai Tai’ will have you reaching for your cheque book, or maybe remortgaging your house as it comes in at a staggering $1’270. You can only find the Original Mai Tai at Belfast’s Merchant Hotel and the reason for the hefty price tag is that they are the only bar that use the original recipe and the same Rum from when the drink originated in 1944.

3. Ritz-Paris Sidecar – $1,670 (£1,297.26)

The Sidecar originated at the Hotel Ritz-Paris, using cognac bottled between 1830 and 1870, making it not only one of the most expensive cocktails in the world, but also the oldest.

4. Sapphire Martini – $3,000 (£2,330.40)

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The Sapphire Martini started out as a $24 cocktail at Foxwoods Resort Casino, however it soon became one of the high-rollers as it gained worldwide fame and the price shot up to $3,000, a 12400% increase! Another factor in this huge hike is the fact that these days the Sapphire Martini is served with a side of sapphire and diamond earrings.

5. Diamond Cocktail – $4,350 (£3,379.08)

Most of us go for an olive or a twist of lemon in our cocktails but how about a real diamond as a garnish? That is exactly what you will get if you go to London’s Sheraton Park Hotel and ask for a Cocktail Diamond. The recipe is made up of a blend of cognacs priced in the £800 range per bottle. Although if diamonds are a little too fancy you can also opt for, say, a ruby or sapphire, if money is a bit tight.

6. Martini on the Rock – $10,000 (£7,768.00)

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Not only do you have to be super rich to afford this cocktail you also have to be patient as it requires a 3-day advanced registration and an appointment with a jewelry maker. The clue is in the name/ pun, you are basically getting a Martini with a diamond in the bottom. A favourite for engagement or anniversary surprises, the price start at $10,000 but can go up to $15,000 depending on the diamond. So next time you are a The Algonquin Hotel, NYC, where the drink is served, be careful while you sip…

7. Ono Champagne Cocktail – $10,000 (£7768.00)

Served in a jewel-encrusted glass (we cannot confirm if these are dishwasher-proof) and a gold necklace on the side, the Ono Champagne cocktail can be found at The Encore Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. Boosting up the price is the rare 1981 Charles Heidsieck Champagne and $90,000 Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac that are included in the recipe, alongside fresh orange juice, apricot juice and rose nectar.

8. Diamond Is Forever – $22,600 (£17,501.74)

The garnish for this little beauty is karat. One karat to be precise. Served at the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo’s tallest hotel you may be surprised to learn that the Diamond Forever cocktail is made with fairly standard Grey Goose vodka, it is the diamond that holds the hefty $16,000 price tag, leaving barely any room for ingredients.

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