These Foods Cost More than Your Rent

Wine's not the only commodity worthy of a splurge.

As collectible bottles routinely fetch fantastic sums in the world of fine wine, perhaps it’s not surprising to see the trend splash into the gourmet food scene. In Sacramento, Capitol Dawg earned a Guinness World Record for Most Expensive Hot Dog in 2012 with its $145.49 California Capitol City Dawg. It’s an 18-inch frank on a bun smeared with white truffle butter and topped with rare moose cheese from Sweden (which itself fetches $200 per pound). For $1,000, epicurians can relish the Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3 in New York City (Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream comes topped with Grand Passion Caviar, Venezuelan Chuao chocolate and 23-karat gold leaf). Want to splurge on a sip instead? Dish out $350 for the One of a Hundred cocktail from Lily Bar & Lounge at the Bellagio in Las Vegas—its base is the superrare Clase Azul Ultra Extra Añejo Tequila, of which only 50 bottles were released in the U.S.

The J.W. 1800

Recipe courtesy Emilio Tiburcio, corporate mixologist for The Light Group and cocktail consultant for Lily Bar & Lounge at the Bellagio hotel, Las Vegas

Wondering why this cocktail fetches $480 at Lily Bar? It’s made with The Johnnie Walker, a rare, limited-edition bottling, featuring Scotch sourced from nine Scottish distilleries that operated in the 1800s.

1½ ounces The Johnnie Walker
¼ ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey-Barrel-Aged Bitters
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Combine the Scotch, vermouth and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

1914 Sidecar

Recipe courtesy Emilio Tiburcio, corporate mixologist for The Light Group and cocktail consultant for Lily Bar & Lounge at the Bellagio hotel, Las Vegas

This Cognac-based sidecar variation highlights rare spirits, including Grand Marnier Quintessence—made with the Marnier-Lapostolle family’s private reserves that date back to 1906—and 1914 Mémoire Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac, which costs over $1,000 a bottle. This sip is a splurge at $400.

Equal parts cinnamon and sugar, for rimming
2 ounces 1914 Pierre Ferrand Mémoire Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac
1½ ounces Grand Marnier Quintessence
1 ounce lemon juice

Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water, then rim the glass in a mixture of equal parts cinnamon and sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Cognacs and lemon juice. Shake well and strain the mixture into a martini glass.

One of a Hundred

Recipe courtesy Emilio Tiburcio, corporate mixologist for The Light Group and cocktail consultant for Lily Bar & Lounge at the Bellagio hotel, Las Vegas

Featuring the superrare Clase Azul Ultra Extra Añejo Tequila—only 50 bottles were released to the U.S.—this $350 libation gets sweetness from Grand Marnier and a bite from fresh grapefruit and lemon juices.

1½ ounces Clase Azul Ultra Extra Añejo Tequila
½ ounce Grand Marnier Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire
1 ounce grapefruit juice
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce crème de cassis

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain the mixture into a martini glass.

Published on October 22, 2012
About the Author
Alexis Korman
Contributing Editor

Currently based in New Orleans, Korman joined Wine Enthusiast as an editor in 2010 and has been authoring trends-driven travel, wine, cocktail and food content for over a decade, including work for publications like New York Magazine, Fodors.com, The Travel Channel, Premier Traveler, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune and amNY. In addition to her role with Wine Enthusiast, she’s a short fiction writer, and is co-founder of Big Easy ‘Bucha—an artisanal kombucha beverage company that gives back to food charities in New Orleans. Email: akorman@wineenthusiast.net




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