Friday, March 14, 2008

World’s Priciest Cocktails By: Lezah WIlliamson

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I'm not a big drinker, so I have a real hard time wrapping my head around this one!

I wrote the other day about the world's most expensive restaurants, so I figured, hey, why not look into the world's most expensive drinks? Goes hand in hand, right?

Wrong! Looks like drinks far outweigh people's pocketbooks. I'm sure the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous must be spinning in his grave right now...

Anyway, if you are interested in laying down a bunch of dough for the world's most expensive drink, then you have to go to Manchester, England. Up on the 2nd floor bar at Harvey Nichols, you can order the Dazzle Cocktail. The price tag? A cool $51,200. But that's a bit misleading, as the drink includes rose champagne, strawberry and lychee liquor - AND an 18 karat white gold ring with tourmaline and diamonds. (Image from

So that explains the price, I guess.

If that's a bit too much, you can go to the Merchant Hotel in Belfast and drop $1400 for a Mai Tai. Again, there's a bit of an explanation behind the price on this one: made from J. Wray Nephew 17 year old Jamaican rum, of which there are only 6 bottles in existence - and this particular bottle (which is kept locked up in the hotel safe) is the only one available to the public.

Or maybe you'd rather go for a $550 Sidecar at Gordon Ramsey in NYC? This one is not on the menu - you have to ask for it. They use Hennessey Ellipse super-premium cognacs and Gran Marnier.

A little cheaper yet is a $100 truffle martini at the Donovan Bar at Rocco Forte's Browns Hotel in London.

Or maybe, after all this, you'll settle for an ale at your local pub?

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