Quench Your Thirst: America’s Most Expensive Cocktails

The World Cocktail (World Bar, New York City)

Price: $50

World Bar’s aptly named World Cocktail, a blend of grape juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, 23k edible liquid gold, Pineau des Charentes and bitters, topped with Veuve Clicquot champagne.

The Benjamin (Red O Restaurant, Los Angeles)

Price: $100

 $100 margarita, dubbed The Benjamin.

Uses Patron Burdelos, Herradura Selection Suprema and Partida Elegante.

Mix with Grand Marnier Cuvee du Cent Cinquentanaire, 100% organic agave syrup, fresh lime juice and Louis XIII cognac to float. Rim with blood orange caviar and edible-gold-and-kosher-salt.

The Daiquiri 1981 (The Breadfruit, Phoenix)

Price: $150

Created by Breadfruit co-owner Dwayne Allen.

Key ingredient is English Harbour 1981, a rare rum aged for a minimum of 25 years in old whiskey and bourbon barrels.

Includes hand-squeezed key lime juice, demerara syrup and house-made cherry bitters.

St. John (Osteria 177, Annapolis, Maryland)

Price: $200

Osteria 177 mixologist Lucien Smith, mixes a cocktail consisting of Louis XIII cognac, Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, Meyer lemon juice, syrup made from Meyer lemon and Grade 1 saffron and 23k edible gold flakes for garnish.

The JW 1800 (The Lily Bar & Lounge at The Bellagio, Las Vegas)

Price: $480

Cocktail includes “The John Walker,” an incredibly rare vintage whiskey that dates to the 1800s. Only 180 bottles exist.

The JW 1800 includes sweet vermouth, whiskey-barrel-aged bitters and a Maraschino cherry.

Drinking the Stars (The Starlight Room, San Francisco)

Price: $735

Created by mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout. This concoction uses 1979 Chateau de Ravignan Bas Armagnac brandy and infuses it with Madagascar vanilla bean, orange peel and raisins. Then, it is topped off with Dom Perignon.

The $1K and Over Club

The Kentucky Derby has offered a $1,000 mint julep served in a complimentary sterling silver cup for almost a decade, while $3,000 to $40,000 martinis with actual jewelry have sprung up in places like the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut and the White Barn Inn of Kennebuck, Maine.

The Most Cocktail Happy-Meal-Heavy City is Las Vegas.

The Menage a Trois, $3,000 at the Tryst Nightclub in Wynn Resort. Consists of Cristal Rose champagne, Hennessey Ellipse, Grand Marnier 150, liquid gold syrup and 23k gold flakes. You sip it out of a complimentary 24k gold-plated straw with its own diamond.



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