Most Expensive Cocktail in the World
If you love cocktails, have a spare million in the bank and happen to be in Belfast some evening, Social and Cocktail recommends that you take a pop into the City’s Merchant Hotel, where they will happily serve you up the most expensive cocktail in the world, at a mouth-watering £750!
The cocktail in question is the legendary Mai Tai, which was created in 1944 at Trader Vics, a South Seas-style bar-and restaurant in Oakland, USA.
The original Tiki-creation features: 2 ounces 17-year-old J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum, 1/2 ounce French Garnier Orgeat, 1/2 ounce Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao, 1/4 ounce rock candy syrup and the juice of one fresh lime.
The twist comes in the fact that J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum is one of the rarest and most expensive alcohols in the world. According to The Merchant’s bar manager, Sean Muldoon, the hotel sourced a bottle of the ultra-rare 17-year-old J Wray & Nephew Jamaican Rum a couple of years ago.
Since then it has been used as the base spirit of The Original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai on offer at the hotel, which at a cost of £750, was officially named the World’s Most Expensive Cocktail by The Guinness Book of Records.
Sean proudly stated: “The Merchant Hotel is the only bar in the world that has the capacity to make the authentic article; no other establishment in the world has a bottle of the rum.”