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Would you Pay $10,000 for a Cocktail?

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New Orleans, a city known for $1 Jello shots on Bourbon Street, is now also the home of the $10,000 "Key to the City" cocktail.

According to, "The "Key to the City" cocktail is available only at the Windsor Court Hotel until Feb. 12. "It's made of D'Oliveiras Malvasia 1907 Madeira Cobbler and served in a silver julep cup, garnished with fresh fruit and souvenir gold key."

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OK, it's not just a cocktail. You also get a two-night stay in the Windsor Court's penthouse suite with butler and concierge service, round-trip transportation to and from the airport, a bottle of champagne, a tour of the city, an evening at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, two spa treatments and dinner at The Grill, the hotel's restaurant.

But the Windsor Court Hotel isn't the only place that thinks you'll shell out more than $14 on a drink. Check out some of the world's most expensive cocktails that might require you to take out a second mortgage:

  • London's exclusive Playboy Club offers "Salvatore's Legacy" for $8,830. The drink includes Clos de Griffier Champagne Cognac, 1770 Kümmel herbal liqueur, 1860 Dubb orange curacao and two dashes of Angostura Bitters.
  • A Tiffany & Co. silver cup, filled with Woodford Reserve bourbon, turbinado sugar, Louisville-grown mint, and ice sourced from a 10,000-year-old Alaskan glacier will set you back $1,000 at Churchill Downs while you watch the Kentucky Derby.
  • The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Ireland, serves a $1,267 Mai Tai—it costs that much because they use rare J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum, the kind that the original "Trader Vic" used in the 1940s to create the signature drink. Only six bottles remain in the world.
  • A glass of Macallan 55 single malt whisky—aged 55 years—will set you back around $4,000 at the Skyview Bar in Dubai.
  • The Ono cocktail at XS in Las Vegas combines rare Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac (a bottle of which costs more than $90,000) with Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, fresh-squeezed orange juice, apricot puree, and Sence rose nectar, and will set you back $10,000.
  • The Ritz-Paris Sidecar features exceptional Cognac bottled between 1830 and 1870 that survived the German occupation of Paris (and the hotel) in World War II. Because of that, it will set you back $1,670. 

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