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In a city deemed one of the nation’s most pricey, Miamians are well-acquainted with having to
pay for the pleasure of residing in a place so magical. Imbibe below on some cocktails so costly
they’ll make you thankful for rail prices.
T E X T BY RYAN JAR R ELL
Y ou: “I’d like a Miller High Life.” Bartender: “$8 dollars.”
You: “...No, I’m sorry, I said a Miller High Life.” Bartender:
“Yeah. And I said $8 bucks.” Such was my experience at
a local bar that shall remain unnamed. Much to my chagrin, I’ve
found a number of libations even more extravagantly costly,
some not even located in our country. According to the world’s
most rigorous compository of semi-useless information, The
Guinness Book Of World Records, the globe’s costliest cocktail
is a libation composed primarily of century-old cognac. Known
as The Winston, this exorbitant quaff was auctioned off for
almost $13,000. Second place goes to two pricey potations: Las
Vegas’ Ono Champagne Cocktail and the Diamonds Are Forever
Martini of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. Both these inebriates are
complemented by accessory precious stones to help justify the
steep pricetag. Offered only once per annum, a trademark mint
julep at the Kentucky Derby will run you $1,000 even, but, to be
fair, unlike unwise wagers, at least you’ll receive something for
your money. Looking to quench your thirst a little closer to home?
At the now-defunct Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge, their
signature designer-inspired High Roller, made with Perrier-Jouët
Belle Époque Champagne and Louis XIII De Rémy Martin cognac,
set you back a (comparatively) reasonable $450.
Eager to elucidate just what it is that goes into those cocktail
prices we love to gripe about so much, I spoke to Josh
Alperstein, bar manager and resident mixologist at hip
neighborhood bar The Anderson. “There are basically a few
factors that go into drink pricing,” he says. “The style and
quality of the spirit, the accessory ingredients used and the
tenor of the venue.” A man from perhaps more humble means
than the drinks defined above but painfully familiar with the
excesses of industry, Alperstein says $1,000+ drinks are
“something I would never buy, but can see how it could be
priced that way.” The most expensive drink at The Anderson?
The “Let’s Dance,” a celebrated iteration of the dirty martini
that runs you a grand total of $14. Cheers to that!