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World's 'most expensive' drink sold at the opening of Moscow’s first ice terrace

  • The cognac cocktail was served in a glass with three 1-1,5-carat diamonds and went for a cool $50,000.

    The cognac cocktail was served in a glass with three 1-1,5-carat diamonds and went for a cool $50,000.  (Reka Club)

  • Michel Lombardi, Reka Moscow's head chef, at the opening of the ice terrace.

    Michel Lombardi, Reka Moscow's head chef, at the opening of the ice terrace.  (Reka Club)

And we think drinks in New York are expensive.  

A Russian entrepreneur blew $50,000 for a cocktail purported to be the world's most expensive. 

Andrei Melnikov bought the pricey drink, which was made with a rare Hennessy blend described as the “jewel in the crown of the Hennessy Cognac range” that was served in a glass studded with four carats of diamonds from Italian Crivelli jewelers.

It was mixed up at an event to mark the opening of Moscow's first-ever ice terrace at Reka Moscow restaurant, which opened the bar in the run-up to the Winter Olympics.

The 80-seat ice bar was created using 20 tons of Siberian ice.  It comes complete with ice seats, ice bars and ice sculptures -- and has special infrared heating system to keep the guests warm. 

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This latest Hennessy cocktail beats out the tab for a cocktail the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes as the world’s most expensive drink, called The Winston.  Made by Joel Heffernan in February 2013, that cocktail was $12,970 and contained Croizet's 1858 'Cuvee Leonie' cognac --a cognac which also holds the world record title as the most expensive bottle of cognac.