The World's Most Expensive Cocktails Slideshow

Remy Martin Louis XIII

Cost: $220

Where: Bemelmans Bar

City: New York City

A bottle of Remy Martin can retail for as much as $8,000 due to the spirit's rarity. At Bemelmans Bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the classic cognac is served straight up.  But according to the bartender, he can't stop you from enjoying it on the rocks. 

One of a Hundred

Cost: $350

Where: Lily Bar & Lounge, Bellagio

City: Las Vegas

Talk about fancy: the Clase Azul Ultra Extra Anejo tequila is aged in heavily charred, sherry oak casks; then the decanter label is applied with 24-karat gold and hand-painted with pure platinum. Only 50 bottles existed in the U.S. The liquor is mixed with Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and French crème de cassis to create the cocktail.

The J.W. 1800

Cost: $480

Where: Lily Bar & Lounge, Bellagio

City: Las Vegas

This cocktail is made with vintage Johnnie Walker from the 1800s, sweet vermouth, whiskey-barrel aged bitters, and a maraschino cherry. There are less than 180 bottles available of the very limited-edition Johnnie Walker vintage; the single malt Scotch whisky has notes of wood, cherry, and chocolate. It's topped with sweet vermouth, whiskey-barrel aged bitters, and a maraschino cherry.

Mai Tai

Cost: €750, or about $950 

Where: The Merchant Hotel

City: Belfast, Ireland

For £750 euros (or about $950), you can enjoy possibly the most expensive drink in all of Ireland. The Merchant Hotel in Belfast serves up its notorious cocktail made with the same ingredients as first-ever Mai Tai, with the original recipe as made by Trader Vic pre-1950. The drink is made with two ounces of 17-year-old J. Wray & Nephew Rum — only 24 bottles of the rum exist — with shaved ice, juice of a fresh lime, half of an ounce of Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao and French Garnier Orgeat syrup, and finished with a quarter ounce of Trader Vic's Rock Candy Syrup and a sprig of fresh mint. 

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Cost: $1,000

Where: Churchill Downs

City: Louisville, Ky.

Description: What better way to commemorate the famous horse race than with a $1,000 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep? The promoted cocktail, now seven years old, is made with Double Oaked ultra-premium bourbon from Woodford Reserve, Bourbon Mint Julep Sugar and Bourbon Vanilla Sugar made by Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville. The drinks are served with rare lemon mint from California, and Kentucky spearmint. If you're at the event and have a grand to spare, get in line early — there are only 75 drinks available during the event. Each drink is served in a commemorative pewter cup, individually numbered and engraved with the date of the Kentucky Derby.

Not fancy enough for you? Grab one of the 10 "Prestige" cups available, running at a hefty $2,000 each. These prized drinks are served in sterling silver cups, plated in 24 karat gold, engraved with a horseshoe and set with 43 diamonds totaling approximately one carat. Another reason to shell out the big bucks for a mint julep? Last year's sales benefited the Heart of the Horse Foundation. 

Ménage a Trois

Cost: $3,000

Where: Tryst, Wynn Hotel

City: Las Vegas

Are you looking for a "Ménage a Trois" in Las Vegas? Well, this one will cost you — $3,000, and that doesn't include the tip. But hold on, it's not what you're thinking. Tryst nightclub at the Wynn Hotel serves up the Ménage a Trois, a cocktail made with Cristal Rosé, Hennessy Ellipse, and Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire. To top it off, it's served with 23-karat gold flakes and liquid gold syrup, and a nine-point diamond-studded golden straw. 

Martini on the Rock

Cost: $10,000/ Market Value

Where: The Blue Bar, Algonquin Hotel

City: New York City

The Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan's Times Square offers a martini that allows New Yorkers and tourists alike to revel in the luxury of one of the most expensive cities in the world.  The hotel offers their Martini on the Rock for a mere $10,000.  Why the sky-high price tag?  The drink is made with Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, green olives, and a diamond at the bottom of the glass — preselected for what the Algonquin calls "the most romantic proposal."

The martini is listed as $10,000, but the cost varies depending on the quality of the diamond. But gentlemen, don't jump the gun and propose out of the blue with this martini — the special cocktail requires three days' notice and a visit to the hotel's jeweler.

Ono Cocktail

Cost: $10,000

Where: XS Nightclub

City: Las Vegas

As can only be done in Las Vegas, the $10,000 Ono cocktail is served in a jewel-encrusted champagne glass on a specially designed tray. If ordered by a woman, the drinker is presented with an 18-karat gold necklace featuring a diamond and a Tahitian black pearl. If a guy orders the drink, he gets a pair of 18-karat gold Mont Blanc cuff links made with genuine stingray leather. And the drink isn't half-bad itself: It's made with Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac (only 786 bottles available), four ounces of Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, fresh-squeezed orange juice, apricot purée, Sence rose nectar, and two ice cubes

Diamond Is Forever Martini

Cost: 1,800,000 Yen, or about $22,758

Where: The Ritz-Carlton

City: Tokyo

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo's Diamond Is Forever Martini holds the distinction of the costliest cocktail on our list, at 1,800,000 Yen — that's nearly $23,000.  The drink is chilled Grey Goose Vodka with a hint of fresh lime juice, stirred or shaken.  The thing that puts this drink over the top? A "crystal clear" cut one-carat diamond resting at the bottom of the glass. Plus, this drink comes with live music: A band will serenade you with "Diamond Is Forever" as you enjoy the decadent cocktail.