When online lottery website Lottoland created an infographic to display the most expensive food and drink in the world, they settled on the Algonquin Hotel Martini as their priciest cocktail. Coming in at a cost of £6,890 a glass, it’s the kind of bill that could leave you feeling like another stiff drink or two. However, there is another cocktail which is even more ‘selectively priced’ if you can imagine such a thing.
According the Guinness Book of World Records the current holder of the title of ‘Most Expensive Cocktail in the World’ is to be found Down Under. Barman Joel Heffernan created the Winston cocktail using a combination of some of the most expensive ingredients in the world. Although we are going to show you how the drink is made, don’t expect to try and be able to save a few pounds by knocking one up at home, as the main ingredient costs around £100,000 a bottle. This is a bottle of 1858 Cuvee Leonie Cognac, one of which was sampled by Winston Churchill and F.D.R. back in the 1940s as they planned the D-Day operation: hence the name of this record-breaking cocktail.
Before we get to the main event, there are a couple of extras which come along with this drink if you were to order it at Melbourne’s Club 23. First there is an elaborate garnish spun by a pastry chef out of sugar and Chartreuse French liqueur, which will form a grapevine to surround the cocktail, with the ‘grapes’ made out of chocolate soufflé. There there is the dry ice ‘essence’ to add to the ambience with a delicious aroma. This is made from Angelica, citrus peel and Star Anise and will be turned into a dry-ice mix funnelled into the cloche (that’s a glass dome to you and me) beneath which the cocktail is served.
Now that the accoutrements have been prepared, it’s time for the Winston cocktail itself. This is made out of a blend of Aged Chartreuse V.E.P., Quintessence Grand Marnier and the star of the show: that 1858 Cuvee Leonie Cognac. Creating the spun sugar decoration takes the best part of 16 hours on its own, so if you plan on stopping by for a quick snifter you are required to put in your order at least a day in advance.
Next time you find yourself tut-tutting over the cost of a Strawberry Daiquiri at your local cocktail bar, raise a glass and give thanks that your bill will be considerably cheaper than the £9,200 required for a glass of Winston!