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You’ll never taste luxury like this again.For inherently big spenders, or someone who was extremely lucky at the slots over the weekend, a $400 cocktail is now available at Bellagio’s Lily Bar & Lounge in Las Vegas.
$400 for one martini glass seems excessive, but award-winning mixologist Emilio Tiburcio, who has partnered with Lily’s, boasts that these are flavours you’ll never taste again in your life. And the liquors used are rare, unique and supposedly worth the price tag.
In “The J.W 1800,” a rare vintage of Johnnie Walker called The Johnie Walker that dates from the 1800s is used. There are only 180 bottles in existence and once they runs out, it’s gone forever. Sweet Vermouth and Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters with a Maraschino cherry on top complete the recipe. The drink costs $480.
“These cocktails are made to give an experience someone never had before,” Tiburcio said. “It’s exclusive. For someone who wants to go beyond regular cocktail, an experience, a flavour, that’s not easy to find.”
In the “1914 Sidecar,” Tiburcio used a cognac from 1914. “It’s for the history lover,” he explained. The cocktail also includes Grand Marnier Quintessence, lemon juice, and cinnamon sugar on the rim of a cocktail glass that alone costs $100. This drink runs for $400.
The most expensive of the three drinks on the menu is the “One of a Hundred,” which costs $350. In the drink is Extra Anejo tequila, of which only 50 bottles exist in the United States. The concoction also includes Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and Crème de Cassis.
The flavours are so strong and unique in these cocktails, Tiburcio recommends not pairing any food with the cocktails, for fear of ruining the taste.
“This drink is not meant to get drunk off of,” Tiburcio said. “It’s meant to sip and enjoy each taste and hint of cherry and vanilla.”
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