While most of us might view alcohol as the easiest way to summon up the courage to dance, some drinks deserve to be taken much more seriously. Our relationship with booze is such that some people are almost reverential towards pricey drinks and view a fancy wine list more like a bible than a menu. This really annoys some people. Others live for it.
Splashing the cash on booze is a time honoured way to try and look sophisticated and impressive. However, there are some drinks that are so exclusive that even the most determined show-off will find their eyes watering at the price. Available only to the ridiculously wealthy, these drinks prove that there really is no limit to what we’re prepared to spend to get wasted. These are the 7 most expensive drinks on earth.
7. 1811 Château d’Yquem
Fancy wine is one of the hallmarks of any upmarket restaurant, and spending hundreds of pounds on a bottle you know nothing about is a right of passage for every nervous restaurant goer. That being said, there are limits. A bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem, for instance, will set you back an average of $130,000 - enough to make anyone grow weak at the knees. A sweet wine made during the Napoleonic Wars, this wine is described as the most expensive on earth.
6. 1858 Croizet Cognac
Another bottle with a legendary history, 1858 Croizet Cognac proves that legacy is just as important as flavour. Made from a single harvest in 1858, the vintage is one of the most highly sought after drinks by collectors the world over. Just one shot of the stuff will set you back $6,000, whilst the whole bottle costs $150,000.
5. Armand de Brignac Midas
As important as history is, sometimes people just love to be tacky. Armand de Brignac’s $215,000 price tag comes not from a top secret manufacturing process, but mostly from the fact that it is presented in an enormous gold bottle. Made in multiple sizes, ranging from 750ml to 30l, this is undoubtedly the most expensive, as well as ostentatious, champagne in the world.
4. Dalmore 62
Scottish whisky has a mystique like little else, and Dalmore 62 is no exception. The reason why this particular vintage commands an exorbitant $250,000 price tag is the fact that only 12 bottles were ever made, putting any purchaser in an exclusive over-indulgent club.
3. Diva Vodka
With a name like “Diva”, you’d be disappointed if this drink wasn’t ridiculous. Fortunately, there’s little chance of the vodka letting you down. Triple distilled through three layers of precious gemstones, the bottle comes with an artery of coloured diamonds running through the centre. Small wonder it costs $1,000,000.
2. Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac
With a bottle that looks like it’s been lifted straight from a medieval king’s court, the Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac is the epitome of excess. Though the cognac itself has been aged for 100 years, this drink’s real selling point is a bottle embossed with gold and diamonds that would make Floyd Mayweather blush. Total price - $2,000,000. Ouch.
1. Tequila Ley .925
Given how many of us spend Saturday nights gulping down tequila shots by the gallon, to find out that this spirit is the most expensive drink on earth might come as something of a shock. Carefully crafted and presented in a bottle encrusted with over 6,000 individual diamonds, no one has actually bought a $3,500,000 bottle of Tequila Ley .925. Whoever finally takes the plunge is going to have some serious explaining to do to their other half.
Treating yourself to a sip of something pricey can sometimes feel like an indulgence too far. If you ever feel guilty about going all in on a bottle of wine, or ordering a second pre-dinner cocktail, just remember what you could theoretically be spending to wet your whistle. It could always be much, much worse.