Would you spend $23,000 on a cocktail?
Over the last two years, we have collectively endured a global pandemic, enforced lockdown, isolation, and social distancing. To cope, many have turned toward the fine art of cocktail mixing. Whether it’s Stanley Tucci giving us a Negroni masterclass or Ina Garten inspiring us with her bathtub-sized Cosmopolitans, splurging on a well-made drink has always been an indulgence. Now that we can return to indoor dining, treating ourselves to a professionally-made cocktail is a treat we all deserve. What better way to kick off the New Year (who needs Dry January, anyway?) than with some of the swankiest and outrageously priced cocktails? As a self-professed foodie and author of five culinary travel books, I’m always justifying how I spend my money—all in the name of research, of course. I confess to buying a $14 loaf of “ártisan” bread before it was mainstream, and I have fallen victim to spending more than I can afford on a stinky-yet-incredible creamy Swiss alpine cheese. When it comes to cocktails, I love a good tipple. I always start my weekend clinking glasses with my mates on Friday night. How about a well-balanced martini or a Sidecar with just the right amount of cognac, triple sec, and a squirt of lemon to end a tough work week? If you sometimes scoff at the prices of cocktails in bars ($32 for a pina colada? $24 for a Mint Julep at the races?), you might just lose your mind at some of the world’s most high priced cocktails. From a $10,000 cocktail in Vegas to a “humble” thousand-dollar drink in one of Paris’ most iconic bars, if you thought these cocktails had more style than substance, think again. Most of these cocktails are expensive because the ingredients used are extremely rare and considered some of the most sought-after spirits, some of which date back to the 19th-century. If you’re looking to splurge on a truly unique drink, look no further than the following places. Cheers!