For fun and classy drinking, cocktails undoubtedly sit at the top of the hierarchy. All across the world, established recipes and new experiments are being enjoyed by many.
In fact, research by gin mixer specialist and botanical cocktail connoisseurs Fentimans, revealed the favourite cocktail in each country of the world, with the margarita taking the coveted top spot.
But while you can enjoy a cocktail at just about every bar, there are some that claim to provide an elevated drinking experience — and they drive a high price to deliver it.
Here, we look at some of the world’s most uber-expensive cocktails, along with their prices and stylings. They may even tempt you to order a decadent round.
5. Sapphire Martini – £2,250
Ordering a cocktail that you haven’t tried before can feel like placing a bet, but at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, the Sapphire Martini is sure to fill you with riches. While originally priced at $24 (£18), its popularity increased the price to $3,000 (£2,250). Some would call it gin-flation. Paired with its own pair of sapphire and diamond earrings, this cocktail may have the lucky touch.
If you like the sound of this, try a Sapphire Gin Martini:
- 50 ml of Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 25 ml of Blue curacao
- 25 ml of Dry Vermouth
4. Diamond Cocktail – £3,250
It’s only possible to enjoy a few of the finest things at once. But the Diamond Cocktail at London’s Sheraton Park Hotel attempts to provide a cocktail that only gives the best to its customers. Made up of a blend of individual cognacs costing in the £1,000 range per bottle, this cocktail also features a real diamond inside your drink. The smooth taste may be as surprising as the diamond itself.
Fancy something like this? try a classic Sidecar:
- 50 ml of cognac
- 25 ml of triple sec
- 25 ml of lemon juice
3. Martini on the Rock – £7,500
Shaken or stirred? Or would you prefer your martini with a diamond? Hailed as the most expensive cocktail in New York City, the Martini on the Rock from The Algonquin Hotel is perfect for drink and pun lovers alike. It’s important to know that you must request this cocktail at least three days in advance, so remember to mark your calendars before your order. Or you could stay at home and make this cocktail with ice instead of diamonds.
To serve from home, try a vodka Martini:
- 60 ml of vodka
- 1 tbsp dry vermouth
- Lemon peel to garnish
2. Ono Champagne Cocktail – £7,500
We all enjoy a mimosa, but this champagne cocktail at Wynn’s XS Nightclub will take you to another level. This cocktail combines the rare 1981 Charles Heidsieck champagne with Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, fresh orange juice, apricot juice, and rose nectar. Presented in a jewel-encrusted glass alongside a gold necklace, the cocktail tastes as rich as you’d expect.
If you like the sound of this, try a classic champagne cocktail:
- One sugar cube
- ¼ tsp Angostura bitters
- 10ml cognac
- 75ml cold champagne
- Orange peel to garnish
1. Diamonds Are Forever Cocktail – £13,100
How do you truly top off the most luxurious cocktail? The Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo answers this question by adding a one-karat diamond to the bottom of your glass for a grand ¥2 million (£13,100). Only two have ever been sold. The cocktail itself is a simple recipe, combining Grey Goose vodka and a splash of lime juice. A recipe that can be easily afforded at home — you may just be a diamond short.
If you like the sound of this, try a lime Martini:
- One tbsp white caster sugar
- Lemon zest
- 50ml vodka
- 25ml triple sec
- 25ml lemon juice