So apparently the world’s most expensive cocktail has been served and, we’d like to hope, enjoyed, in Russia’s Reka restaurant. The drink was created to celebrate the opening of Moscow’s first ever “ice terrace” (is that actually a novelty in Russia?) and went for $50,000 (£30,660) to Revka regular and entrepreneur Andrey Melnikov.
Michel Lombardi presents the world's most expensive cocktail at Reka Moscow. (PRNewsFoto/Reka Moscow)source: REKA MOSCOW
And why so expensive I hear you ponder?
Well, there are no details as to what exactly the cocktail involved other than three 1-1,5-carat diamonds from the event's jewelry sponsor, the Italian company Crivelli - that’d probably do it. Since the ice terrace is sponsored by Hennessy V.S.O.P, we’d wager there’s some of that in there too.
But what if you want to splash the cash on cocktails in London? After all we don’t all have the time to charter private jets and hotfoot it to Reka’s ice terrace. There are a number of riotously expensive cocktails in this city too - and we’re not including ones with diamonds in the glass (we think that’s cheating).
Here’s some of London’s priciest mixology:
1. The Playboy Club £5,500
Salvatore with his creation...
The undisputed king of London’s luxurious cocktails is Salvatore Calabrese - his eponymous bar Salvatore’s is at The Playboy Club and if you’re feeling flush, you can order Salvatore’s Legacy for £5,500.
The drink contains “some of the world’s rarest spirits and liqueurs.” 788 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, Dubb Orange Curaçao from late 1860s, 1770 Kummel Liqueur and 1915 Angostura Bitter.
2. The American Bar at The Savoy £5,000
The more sophisticated and richer-tasting older brother to the Old Fashioned, with roots in history that stretch back to the early and mid 19th century. This version served at The Savoy is about as close as we'll get to the real McCoy; made using the Sazerac de Forge from 1857, which was the original brandy used at the time, which is enhanced by 1950s Pernod Absinthe from Tarragona and Peychaud's Bitters from the early 1900s.
3. The Purple Bar at the Sanderson £375
Admittedly there’s a big drop in price from first to the third but if you go along to The Purple Bar at The Sanderson you can order a B&B King for £375. It is a little taste of the 40s, using a rare 1940 Martell extra and a bottle of 1940 Benedictine.