For when you really want to up the quality of your home bar…
D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme — AUD $58.8 million
Distilled by the Antica Distelleria Russo in Italy using the Amalfi Coast’s sweetest lemons, this liquor owes its value to its obscenely over-the-top bottle created by British luxury designer Stuart Hughes, the same bloke who’s tailored a suit worth a million bucks and a belt worth $250,000 — both encrusted with diamonds, of course. Hughes again reaches for the precious stones here, employing three single-cut 13-carat diamonds on the neck of the bottle plus another massive 18.5-carat one. The product was commissioned by a customer so the Italian distillery decided to produce one extra, just in case a potential customer was walking through a bottle shop with a spare $60 million in his pocket.
Pasión Azteca, Platinum Liquor Bottle by Tequila Ley — $4.7 million
Less than $5 million? Bargain! Resist the Limoncello and snap up a dozen bottles of this tequila and still have a couple of mill to spare!! The platinum bottle has been engraved by Mexican artist Alejandro Gomez Oropeza and also features white gold and more than 6000 diamonds, containing tequila that’s been aged for four years — so it’s probably not the stuff you toss into a Margarita.
Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne — $2.7 million
Legendary jewellery Jose Davalos designed this bottle that’s nearly identical to the pricey tequila, the differences being the 24-carat gold and the few hundred extra diamonds. The opulent receptacle weights eight kilos, filled with a litre of 41% Cognac that’s been aged in barrels for more than a century, so it’s fair to call it a ‘special occasion’ tipple.
Diva Vodka — $1.3 million
Diva triple-distils all its vodka through precious stones, and a regular bottle costs $3700 — but if you can’t stomach spirits that aren’t packaged in a diamond-encrusted bottle, the British distillery has you covered. Their up-market offering is produced with Swarovski crystal and diamonds, which filters the liquor in the bottle itself, and retails for a cool US$1 million — that’s an expensive hangover the next morning.
Mendis Coconut Brandy — $1.3 million
The American distillery launched the world’s first clear brandy made from coconut at a swanky New York nightspot in 2007 — then slapped a seven-figure price tag on the bottle for anyone who missed out. Using premium Sri Lankan ingredients and aged for two years in casks made of rare wood, Mendis must have used all their budget on production rather than marketing if the name they settled on — “The Million Dollar Bottle” — is anything to go by. At least it delivers what it promises . . .