Is this Australia’s most expensive cocktail?

Adelaide’s hottest new bar – Westward – also boasts some of Australia’s most exclusive drinks. Part of SkyCity’s $330million expansion, it has a ‘Private Collection’ cocktail menu with price tags ranging from $50 to $2000.

The luxe Westward overlooks the River Torrens footbridge and boasts spectacular views across the water. It’s most expensive cocktail is called A Night in Épernay. It’s a twist on the classic champagne cocktail and is designed for a minimum of six people. It features Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, which is priced at about $4300 a bottle, and 2009 vintage Dom Perignon, which sells for about $250-$300.

Westward’s venue manager Greg Perrot told Adelaide Now: “I wanted to do something exceptional… all around the world in all the best bars, they all have a great experience cocktail, I wanted to do that here.

“I always wanted to have a cocktail that is an experience for the customer. We needed something different with champagne that people can celebrate, maybe an event, a big win… and one they can share all together. I will be happy to sell one a year… we do have a full range of cocktails for those regular customers.”

Among the other Private Collection cocktails on offer are:

Private Island ($50) – Beluga Vodka, Don Julio 1942 Tequila, Monkey 47 Gin, Ron Zacapa XO Rum, Grand Marnier, Lemon, Cola.

Who Is The Patron? ($150) – Patron Piedra, Sugar, Angostura Bitter.

Trip To Paradise In A Sidecar ($150) – Hennessy Paradise, Cointreau, Lemon.

Land Of The Rising Sun ($345) – Yamazaki 18yo, Lemon, Honey & Ginger Syrup, Laphroaig 32yo (pictured above).

The world’s most expensive cocktail

The Guinness World Record for most expensive cocktail was set in 2013 by Crown Casino’s Club 23. The Winston was priced at $12,500 and contained Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie, Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge and a dash of Angostura Bitters.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald investigation, the purchase of the drink was faked in order to cover up at AU$32million heist allegedly involving New Zealand businessman James Manning.

Manning embarked on an extraordinary winning streak on the card tables that netted $32 million and raised suspicions that resulted in him being banned from the premises. However, the casino had already announced that Manning would be buying the world-record cocktail, which left the publicity department in a pickle.

“Having James Manning done for a gambling heist just before the event was not in the script,” said a former member of Crown’s PR team. “We had the cognac, we had the event organised, we just didn’t have a buyer. We were in an awful bind.”

A regular visitor to the casino, Giang Nguyen, was sweet talked into paying for the cocktail to appease the Guinness World Records judges, with the money repaid to him by Crown at a later date.

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