$2,500 for the drink and a $2.25 subway ride to New York City's Plaza Hotel where it was sold. That changed this February, when Club 23 in Melbourne, Australia introduced the "Winston," a cocktail with a label price of almost $13,000, according to The Wall Street Journal.Wine aficionados have a reputation for being discriminating collectors, yet other types of liquor have their cultured devotees of their own. In 2008, if you wanted the most expensive cocktail in the world, you needed only
The high price is due to a single ingredient: an 1858 Croizet cognac. This liquor, which fetched over $160,000 at a Shanghai auction for a
single bottle, was allegedly quaffed by the cocktail's namesake, former
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as he planned D-Day. Despite the high price and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, however, the cocktail's anonymous buyer took only a couple of sips, then got up and left.
Scott Abramson, vice president of the Park Avenue