The St. John cocktail from Osteria 177 in Annapolis, Maryland, mixes Louis XIII cognac, Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, Meyer lemon juice, syrup made from Meyer lemon and Grade 1 saffron. Don’t forge the garnish — 23k edible gold flakes. (Photo Credit: Osteria 177) by Kristin Hunt (CNN) — Think the $18 martini you ordered at the hotel bar was steep? That was peanuts. As in, the little dish of complimentary germ-infested peanuts on the bar. From California to New York and everywhere in between, ritzy bars are playing a crazy game of “Who Can Make the Costliest Cocktail?” — and the competition is as stiff as the product. We scoured the country for examples of the most over-the-top pours we could find, excluding those accompanied by crown jewels or crystal goblets. Even still, you may need to skip a mortgage payment or two to enjoy a night of these extravagant cocktails.
In this April 2013 photo liquor bottles sit on shelves in a market in Baltimore. If privatization is approved in the legislature, Pennsylvania will end its dubious distinction of being one of only two states in the U.S. to retain total control over the retail sale of liquor and wine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) If 48 other states around America have found a way to relinquish total control over the sales of wine and liquor why is there such a ruckus in Pennsylvania on the issue of privatizing liquor sales, wondered Shalimar Blakely, executive director of the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce.