Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The World's Most Expensive Cocktails and Some French Summer Cocktails To Try at Home

According to the Guinness World Records the (latest) world's most expensive cocktail was made in February. The cocktail was made by Joel Heffernan at Club 33 in Melbourne, Australia. It sold for £8,583 and the reason it was so expensive is down to its ingredients: Cognac Croizet's 1858 'Cuvee Leonie,' Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge and a dash of Angostura bitters. It is called the 'Winston' after Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who once enjoyed a bottle of 1858 Cognac Croizet with Allies commander General Dwight Eisenhower on the night before D-Day in 1944. The cocktail was presented alongside sugar vines crafted by a pastry chef and garnished with chocolate nutmeg dust and essence of poppy seed and roses.

The second most expensive cocktail in the world was made in 2012 by Salvatore Calabrese at the Playboy Club in London and cost £5,500. Named 'Salvatore's Legacy' the cocktail is made up of ingredients more than 200 years old: 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 1770 Kummel Liqueur, Dubb Orange Curacao circa 1860 and two dashes of Angostura Bitters circa 1900s.

The third most expensive cocktail in the world hails from Dubai and was made in 2008. The chief mixologist at the Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab Hotel created the '27.321,' which is named for the floor where the Skyview Bar is located (27th) and the height of the Burj Al Arab (321 metres).  

 The 27 .321 costs £3,766 a glass and is made from Macallan 55 year old single malt natural colour whisky, exclusively produced 'dried fruit bitters' and homemade passion fruit sugar. It is served over ice cubes made of water from the Macallan distillery in Scotland, along with an oak stirrer made from a Macallan Cask and is presented in a Baccarat 18-karat gold glass, which the buyer gets to take home.

Lastly the cocktail that started all this 'world's most expensive' competitiveness off in the first place is the Ritz Sidecar which was created at the Bar Hemingway of the Ritz Hotel in Paris. The Sidecar cocktail was invented there for a regular customer who always arrived by motorcycle with a sidecar to warm him up after his journey. The Ritz Sidecar is made with the rare Ritz Reserve 1830 Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. The price tag in 2011 was around £1,160.

French Summer Cocktails


The Marquisette is a cocktail that comes from the Ardèche in the Rhone-Alpes region of France.

20 cl White Rum
10 cl Mandarin Liqueur (the French use Mandarine Napoleon)
2 bottles of White Wine
1 litre Sparkling White Wine (chilled)
33 cl Orange Syrup
4 Lemons
4 Oranges
1 litre of Lemonade (chilled)

Cut the oranges and lemons into small pieces and place into a large bowl. Add the orange syrup, Mandarin Liqueur, White Rum and White Wine. Mix and let stand 48 – 72 hours in the fridge. Just before serving add the chilled Lemonade and Sparkling Wine.

Soupe Angevine

Soupe Angevin hails from Anjou (a province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley) – which is the home of the liqueur Cointreau.

1 bottle of Sparkling White Wine (for authenticity use Cremant de Loire)
10 cl Lemon juice
10 cl of Sugar syrup
10 cl Cointreau

Pour the Cointreau, Lemon juice and sugar syrup into a large bowl. Mix well and let it stand overnight in the fridge. Before serving add the bottle of chilled Sparkling Wine and stir very gently so that you don't lose too many bubbles!


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