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Cocktail of the Week: Baccarat Hotel New York’s $5,000 Cocktail

By Emma

Last Word, Baccarat Hotel New York

  • 1 oz Nolet’s Gin Reserve
  • 1 oz 1920s green chartreuse
  • .75 oz cherry oak aged maraschino liqueur
  • 2.5 oz beluga cocktail caviar pearls
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s gold Amarena cherry and saffron garnish

You might be thinking: How can the Last Word cocktail served exclusively at the Baccarat Hotel New York be worth $5,000? Put together the finest ingredients, including a $1,150 ounce of 1920s green chartreuse; $75 beluga cocktail caviar pearls, $100 for an ounce of Nolet’s Reserve Gin, a $25 garnish and a $3,600 glass available to takeaway, you have your answer. 

The cocktail actually harks back to the 1920s, when Vaudeville performer Frank Fogarty created the drink at Detroit’s Athletic Club Bar during this era – the cocktail was sold for 35 cents, making it the most expensive drink at the bar at the time.

The bar at Baccarat Hotel

Bar and spirits director of Baccarat Hotel New York, Antoine Hodge, created the drink after acquiring a vintage bottle of green chartreuse that dates back to 1921-1926 in France and wanted to recreate an expensive bar drink using one of Baccarat’s finest glasses, the Tsar Glass, named after Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia who had an affinity for Baccarat glass. Together with Baccarat’s pricey and beautiful glass and a unique cocktail from the ’20s, the Last Word was born.

“I was very intrigued and felt as if I was holding a piece of history in my hands,” he says. “This drove me to do the unexpected and use it in a cocktail. After all, great things in life are created to be enjoying in life. Knowing chartreuse was a staple in the Last Word cocktail, it seemed only fitting to recreate this timeless drink. My vision for it was focused on its history and simplicity with a desire to elevate it through the use of premier ingredients, rare spirits and a glass that takes your breath away.”

When you order the cocktail, the $3,600 glass is yours to keep.

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