Looking for that cocktail that features rare ingredients, expensive spirits, and provide the ultimate luxury experience? Look no further to our 5 favorite overindulgent on the spirits menus around the world:
The Diamonds Are Forever Martini — $18,963.82
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo’s Diamonds Are Forever Martini holds the title as the most expensive cocktail at 2,000,000 Yen (nearly $19k USD). The decadent drink is made with chilled Absolut Elyx vodka, a hint of fresh lime juice, stirred or shaken, and sparkling with a one-carat diamond at the bottom of the glass. Note: this cocktail also comes with a live band serenading “Diamond Are Forever” to the lucky guests.
Winston — $12,040
Club 23, Melbourne, Australia
A Guinness Book of World Record was set on February 7, 2013, by Joel Heffernan at Club 23 in Melbourne (owned by Australian cricketer, Shane Warnefor) the most expensive cocktail with his Winston (after Winston Churchill) cocktail. Made with two $6,000 shots of 1858 Croizet Cognac, $800 Grand Marnier Quintessence, and super-rare Chartreuse V.E.P, this is one cocktail with opulence. Unfortunately, as of this writing, the bar is permanently closed.
Diamond Is Forever Martini — $10,000
Uncorked, New York
Circa 2016/2017 in NYC, Andy Goetz owned a bar called Uncork in the Upper East Side. Not just throwing a precious jewel into your expensive drink, Andy custom-made every engagement ring in the Diamond is Forever Martini. This ring-making was a process, requiring three days of advanced ordering as well as an appointment with a specialist jeweler. Unfortunately, the diamond-in-the-martini business wasn’t that lucrative in NYC and Uncorked is no longer in business.
Martini on the Rock – $10,000
The Algonquin Hotel, New York City
The Algonquin Hotel is one of the most historic haunts in New York City, and up until 2019, they feature a Martini on the Rock- repeating the same procedures of other diamond-infused drinks of a 3-day advanced reservation and an appointment with the in-house jewelry maker. The Algonquin was the perfect place for a special engagement or anniversary. The cocktail launched in 2005 after a $3 million renovation and was created by Carla Caccavale from the Quinn Agency and General Manager Anthony Melchiorri as a way to attract attention for the re-opening.
The Ono Champagne Cocktail
XS Nightclub, The Encore Wynn Hotel
Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour and The Ono Champagne cocktail at The Encore Wynn Hotel is no exception. Made with the rare 1981 Charles Heidsieck champagne, $90,000 Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac mixed with fresh orange juice, apricot juice, rose nectar. The decadent drink doesn’t stop there, the cocktail comes in a jewel-encrusted glass with an 18-carat gold necklace as a gift.
Kimberly Fisher is a Pursuitist contributor. As a freelance writer and on-camera host, Kimberly has traveled the world and has published over 400 articles in over 44 publications including Sherman's Travel, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Lifestyles UK, eHow, Examiner, Food Wine Travel Magazine, Luxe Beat, NiteGuide, Ocean View, and USA Today. Disclosure: Kimberly is under contract with Casa Del Sol.