"That'll be $12,000, sir"
The most expensive cocktail in the world can be found at Club 23 Bar in Melbourne, Australia. It is known for their cognac-based cocktail, named Winston for Winston Churchill, priced at a shocking $12,916. It is a tribute to the former British Prime Minister who is said to have shared a treasured bottle with Eisenhower on D-Day in 1944.
The secret ingredient? This precious bottle of cognac dates all the way back to 1858. Croizet Cuvee Leonie is considered the most expensive bottle of cognac in history to be auctioned at $157,000 and sold at $6,000 per shot.
The executive barman even requires a two day notice to make the extravagant drink. Ingredients used for this luxury cocktail includes Grand Marnier Quintessence (a $800 cognac from their private collection) and Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge (a $180 liqueur). It’s also served with labor-intensive garnishes including chocolate nutmeg dust, poppy seed essence, rose essence and coconut.
Would you believe me if I told you a cocktail buyer ordered the drink, took a couple of sips and then departed? Well, it’s true (shame on him). Here is the recipe for the world’s most extravagant drink you can make at home.
What does $12,000 taste like?
1 part D’Usse VSOP Cognac (or French cognac of your choice)
1 part Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
Pour ingredients over ice and stir gently. Serve in coupe cocktail glass.