Is That $2,000 Cocktail Worth It?

Staff Writer
We crunched some numbers for the latest round of pricey drinks
Breaking Down the $2,000 Cocktail
The Light Group

Yesterday The Daily Meal reported on new Las Vegas nightclub Light and their crazy expensive cocktails, and while the prices are obviously the point of the gimmick, we had to see: is it really worth it?

Thanks to Google, BevMo, and a variety of other online booze suppliers, we've tallied up exactly how much the cocktails would cost if you made them at home. And obviously, although the alcohol is rather expensive, the $1,500 and $2,000 price tags are naturally marked up. But it's Las Vegas, and there are plenty of high-rollers out there. "The cost attached to these cocktails reflect their incomparable nature... These drinks will definitely keep the lights on in Sin City for those who can afford the bill!" the press release says.

Check out our breakdown of the cocktails below (although, please note, prices may vary depending on the supplier).

City of Lights ($1,500)

1 ounce of Hennessy Paradis Imperial (700 milliliters for $2,221.64) = $93.86

1 ounce Bulleit Rye (750 milliters for $23.99) = $0.95

1 ounce Cocchi Barolo Chinato (500 milliliters for $46.99) = $2.78

½ ounce Benedictine (750 milliliters for $31.99) = $0.63

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters (10 ounces for $14.99) = $0.12

3 dashes Angostura Bitters (4 ounces for $12.75) = $0.29

Stir, strain over diamond ice (or, ice shaped like diamonds)

Garnish with orange peel

Total: $98.63

My Cherry Amor ($2,000)

1 ½ ounce Grey Goose Cherry Noir (750 milliliters for $29.98) = $1.77

¾ ounce Grand Marnier Cherry (750 milliliters for $42.99) = $1.20 

¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

2 ounces Dom Perignon Rosé (750 milliliters for $7,635.54) = $602.16

Garnish with Luxardo Cherry and lemon twist 

Total: $605.13

So in short? No, these cocktails are definitely not worth it. Unless they missed the part about finding a real ruby in your drink, we're pretty sure $605 is not $2,000. But then again, in a Las Vegas nightclub, value is hardly the point.

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