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Expensive Cocktails

Richard's Hennessy Cognac

When I moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, I was prepared for much higher real estate costs, though I did not consider the higher price of cocktails. Twenty dollars is not an uncommon price for a cocktail in a club, with bottle service starting at around $300 and going up to $40,000 for a 3 Liter bottle limited edition of 1998 Dom Perignon at the swank new Kress nightclub in West Hollywood. Bottle service isn’t the only way to spend enough in a club to buy a Vespa scooter, check out these cocktails for the affluent:

King Richard’s Pride – $1,000 at Boa, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

For ten bills ($1000) you can get this tasty libation at one of my “go to” Las Vegas restaurants, Boa, that never fails to serve a great steak and cutting edge cocktail. This drink comes in a keepsake Baccarat cocktail glass and is made with:

Hennessy Richard – Richard is an ultra-premium Cognac made by Hennessy, one of most well-known Cognac producers. This bottling is made from a blend dating back to 1765 when Richard Hennessy set aside his best Cognacs to create a premium blend.

Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon Rose – Dom Perignon is a high end Champagne produced by Moet et Chandon. The current release is from 1996.

Chambord Liqueur – Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur that is complimented with Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac. It is very popular in cocktails, particularly with Champagne.

Lime & Cranberry Juice – The juices of…wait for it…limes and cranberries.

Menage a Trois – $3,000 Tryst at Wynn, Las Vegas

You know when you go to Vegas and lose $3000 at the blackjack tables, then you receive your last complimentary cocktail and bitch to people saying “this cocktail cost me $3,000”. Now you can actually spend $3,000 on a cocktail and have something interesting to talk about when you starting bitching to people about it. No expense is spared in this cocktail of cocktails, served in a hotel that has an incredible beverage program. This drink is garnished with 23-karat gold flakes and liquid gold syrup and can be sipped through a keepsake straw made out of gold complete with a 9 point diamond.

Hennessy Ellipse

Hennessy Ellipse – This is Hennessy’s top bottling of Cognac of which only 2,000 were produced. It is made by blending the very best Cognacs as selected by seven generations of master blenders.

Cristal Rose – Cristal is a high end Champagne made by Louis Roederer. The bottles are clear as opposed to green due to a request made by Alexander II of Russia in 1876, who feared bombs were lurking in his Champagne bottles.

Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire – This is a special bottling of Grand Marnier made from 50 year old Cognac and flavored with the essence of Citrus Bigaradia, an exotic type of bitter orange.


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