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The World’s Most Expensive Cocktail, Part II

What makes a drink cost $13,000? Find out!



A few months ago, we thought this was the world's most expensive cocktail. Turns out we were wrong. Before you hit the bar tonight and start complaining about shelling out 10 dollars for a Jack & Coke, just be thankful that it wasn’t prepared by Australian bartender Joel Heffernan, who had the nerve to create a $12,916 cocktail. Heffernan, who works at Club 23 in Melbourne, named it Winston, for Winston Churchill. (Write that down to make sure you don’t drunkenly stumble in there one night of any future Australian backpacking adventure.)

The outrageous price tag can mostly be explained by two nips of 1858 Croizet cognac, which goes for about $6,200 per a shot. There’s also some Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé – that’s a fancy herbal French liquor in case you didn’t know (we didn’t) – and Angostura bitters. It comes with some sugar vines and is garnished with chocolate nutmeg dust and essence of poppy seed and roses.

And if you’re actually thinking about blowing four months of your salary to try the Winston, be advised that you need to order it two days in advance, since the drink takes 16 hours of work to complete.

Now that you know the details, also know that there’s no word yet on what the drink actually tastes like. Besides money.

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