World’s Most Expensive Cocktail Is…HOW MUCH?!?!

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It would seem that it’s pretty easy to create stupidly expensive cocktails. All you have to do is take an $18 cocktail and add some crazy expensive diamond engagement ring and VIOLA! you have an $X0,000 cocktail.  For example, the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine offers a $40,000 Ruby Rose Cocktail which consists of Hanger One Vodka, St-Germain, fresh grapefruit juice, pomegranate and a spoonful of rosewater…and a 4-carat ruby.fa-Ruby That would seem to be a bit of a cheat, because the ruby isn’t there to be swallowed. It’s like offering a Mercury Topaz for sale for $50,000 because it has a gold brick on the passenger seat…or a plot of Newport land for $11 million because Daniel Parish built a mansion on it.

And so it goes for most stupidly expensive cocktails. It’s not the cocktail that you’re buying. You might as well just go to a jewelers and after picking out a ring, asking them to package it up in a glass of vodka.

Making uber-expensive cocktails that are just cocktails is a bit more of a challenge. We asked John Begin, bartender at America’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, what the most expensive cocktail they had would run. “A shot of Grand Ma(Grand Marnier) 1880 is $80. We could do a Mimosa with Pierre Joet, OJ and a floater of GM 1880 for $100 if I’m feeling nice.”

This is part of why it’s such a challenge to make really pricey drinks…super expensive ingredients are A)really expensive and B)really rare. Even if you went to Malt on Broadway and asked for a Belvenie Smash made with their 40-year, it’s still going to run you just $600.

So you’re going to have to go somewhere a bit more upscale than Newport to drop really silly money on a mixed drink.

Welcome to Mayfair

For those of you who haven’t spent time across the pond, Mayfair is to the London version of Monopoly what Boardwalk is the the Atlantic City version…and keep in mind that there’s a LOT more money in London than there is in Jersey. The restaurant Gigi’s recently opened its doors and actress Grace Jones was on hand for the launch party. The Telegraph has the story

Cesare Papagna, the restaurant’s manager, said he wanted to give the iconic film star something “truly special” to mark the occasion.

The Gigi’s has the appearance of a traditional champagne cocktail which is usually laced with cognac and bitters.

However it is made with a bottle of 1990 Vintage Cristal and a bottle of 1888 Samalens Vieille Relique Vintage Bas Armagnac, and topped with ‘lashings’ of gold leaf.

The makers claim the Gigi’s tops the world’s most expensive drinks – beating Melbourne’s £8,167 ‘Winston’ into second place.

Due to its price, the drink must be paid for in advance to prevent the “rather embarrassing” situation where a patron’s debit or credit card is declined.

What will the world’s most expensive cocktail set you back? £8,888 (or about $14,320 American depending on the day).

Time to start digging underneath the sofa cushions…

Tristan Pinnock, Blast Mixology Correspondent

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