There’s no denying that global cocktail culture has reached an all-time high. Today’s most creative cocktails boast ultra-rare ingredients, unexpected pairings, and social media-worthy presentations that pack a serious wow factor.
With so much fierce competition in an already cluttered space, hotel bars have been pulling out all the stops to create unforgettable drinks to impress guests. From diamond garnishes to $17,850 price tags, here are some of the most opulent (and expensive) cocktails being served in hotel bars around the world.
Cachette 1907, Le Pavillon Hotel
Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans once served as a hidden respite for cocktail lovers during the Prohibition Era. Its newly created lobby bar is named Cachette 1907 (the hotel opened in 1907), and its namesake cocktail is just as luxurious as the property itself. The sugar-coated, crystal flute of Dom Perignon Champagne is kissed with a touch of bitters and garnished with a single diamond—all yours for $1,907.
Forbidden Love, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Some would consider it a crime to merely open a bottle of Suntory Hibiki, the rare 21-year-old Japanese whisky. But at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, bartenders mix it right into the Forbidden Love, one of The Dorsey’s pricest cocktails. Selling for $2,000, the decadent whisky drink is combined with plum liqueur, Manzanilla sherry and two dashes of matcha green tea tincture. It’s also served with gold flakes and a side of caviar, because why not.
Gilded Sultan’s Elixir, Çırağan Palace Kempinski
Çırağan Palace Kempinski is revered as one of Istanbul’s most opulent hotels, housed in a former Ottoman Imperial Palace that dates back to the 17th century. Tucked away in the lush gardens, thirsty travelers will find Le Fumoir, the property’s posh craft cocktail lounge. For the ultimate indulgence, order the Gilded Sultan’s Elixir for $2,500, made with Hennessy Richard, coconut-infused pineapple juice, fig bitters, honey syrup and edible golden leaves.
Salvatore’s Legacy, Brown’s Hotel
The beloved Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in London has a full menu of impressive vintage cocktails, but the crown jewel is Salvatore’s Legacy. Dubbed the world’s oldest cocktail, it’s made with one of the bar’s oldest spirits, a 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux cognac along with Dubb Orange liqueur and a dash of bitters. This bit of liquid history can be yours for the cool price of £5,500 (or approximately $7,197).
Diamonds Are Forever Martini, The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo sets the standard for luxury in Japan’s capital city. Sitting atop Tokyo’s tallest building, the five-star hotel is known for its incredible views and unparalleled service. In addition to a Michelin-starred restaurant, guests also love the on-site bar. And while you’ll find drams of Japan’s most coveted whiskies, the Diamonds Are Forever Martini is the real showstopper. Made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, lime juice and a one-carat diamond garnish, the extravagant concoction costs a whopping ￥2,000,000 (or roughly $17,850).