10 Cocktails You’ll Either Never be Able to Afford, or Might be Drunk Enough to Buy

10 Cocktails You’ll Either Never be Able to Afford, or Might be Drunk Enough to Buy

With Diddy dropping $3-million on his 40th birthday, Rick Ross burning a cool mil on his 35th birthday and other rappers following suit, it seems showing off how much money you can blow on booze to impress complete strangers is a trend that won’t be going away any time soon.

And as people look to splurge, nightclubs have concocted ways to cash in with insanely priced drinks. Just check out this list of the most expensive cocktails in the world. All I know is I’d like to be on the receiving end of the tip.

Ritz-Paris Sidecar: €1,259 (approx. $1,600 USD)
Bar Hemingway at Hôtel Ritz Paris, Paris

First on the list is this variant of the classic sidecar drink that combines cognac champagne bottled between 1830 and 1870 that somehow managed to withstand a German invasion in 1940, Cointreau, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. The only place you'd be able to order it is inside the Bar Hemingway at the Hôtel Ritz Paris.

Ménage a Trois Cocktail: $3,000
Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

Leave it to Vegas to up the ante with its Ménage a Trois Cocktail served inside Tryst Nightclub at the Wynn. Among the most expensive cocktails you’ll find in Vegas, you may want to share the wealth with friends over this concoction of Cristal Rosé champagne, Hennessey Ellipse and 150 year-aged Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, topped with liquid gold syrup and 23-karat gold flakes.

Macallan Single Malt Whiskey: 14500 AED (approx. $4,000 USD)
Sky View Bar, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Only 420 bottles of this 55 year-aged scotch were made, so if you’d like to try it, it’ll cost you. The drink is poured out of a Lalique crystal decanter – whatever that means.

Diamond Martini: up to €4,000 (approx. $5,580 USD)
Piano Bar at the Sheraton Park Tower Hotel, London

The Diamond Martini was introduced by London’s upscale Piano Bar inside the Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in 2005. The drink blends Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac with champagne and Angostura bitters, as well as a real diamond found at the bottom of the glass. The price ranges from €1,000 for a 0.24-karat diamond to €4,000 for a one-karat diamond. Of course, they wouldn’t want to stop you from spending more – larger stones can be added but must be ordered in advance.

Ono Champagne Cocktail: $10,000
XS Nightclub, Las Vegas

The first five-figure cocktail on the list is the Ono Champagne Cocktail available at XS Nightclub, which saw its first customer just six weeks after the venue opened inside the Encore. The drink consists of Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac, fresh-squeezed orange juice, apricot puree, Sense rose nectar, and ice cubes served inside a jewel-incrusted champagne glass. The cocktail is also presented with a 4oz bottle of Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, an 18-karat gold Tahitian black pearl necklace and a pair of 18-karat Mont Blanc cufflinks.

Martini-on-the-Rock: $10,000
The Blue Bar inside the Algonquin Hotel, New York City

Yes, that’s rock, not rocks. But we’re not talking frozen water here. This single piece of ice is a diamond engagement ring from the in-house jeweler which must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance with a signed agreement. Just hope she says, “Yes.”

The Engaging Martini: $12,750
The Oak Room, Boston

Leave it up to Boston to try to do NYC and make the chump who spent $10,000 on an engagement ring for his girl look like a cheapskate compared to whoever is willing to spend nearly $13k on this doozy. The drink consists of Belvedere vodka, a dash of dry Vermouth, and yes, a diamond engagement ring.

Diamond is Forever: ¥1800000 (approx. $23,400 USD)
Ritz Carlton, Tokyo

We’ve heard Tokyo is an expensive city but this is just insane. Tokyo’s Ritz-Carlton eclipses the above two engagement cocktails with one of its own that’ll cost you $23,400 to woo your lucky lady. The cocktail is nothing more than chilled Grey Goose and a lime twist with a one-karat diamond ring at the bottom. Careful she doesn’t swallow it.

Flawless: €35,000 (approx. $71,000 USD)
Movida, London

But just when you thought things couldn’t get more ridiculous, 2007 saw the invention of the Flawless – a $71,000 USD Christmas cocktail made from Louis VIII cognac, Cristal Rose champagne, angostura bitters, a sprinkle of brown sugar, gold leaf flakes, and an 11-karat white diamond ring at the bottom of each glass. It’s so expensive British security officers must be hired to stand by and oversee the pouring, mixing and serving of every drink.

Pete Richards
Pete Richards

If Star Wars and Van Damme had a baby, it would be me.