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Los Angeles' Most Expensive Cocktails

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If you're at a trendy bar or restaurant and think that the $20 cocktail you're sipping is pricey, think again. A couple of bars here in Los Angeles have upped the ante and have created one-of-a-kind expensive cocktails using high-end spirits and seasonal ingredients. There are a multitude of places that offer single pours of high-end whiskey, scotch or other spirits, but a drink neat isn't for everyone. If you appreciate fine spirits and are more of a cocktail person, here are the most expensive cocktails in LA.

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321 N Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-6300
Price: $128 per glass

Petrossian's signature Caviartini is a riff on the classic martini. Made up of Beluga Noble Russian vodka, Dolin Vermouth, a caviar-stuffed olive, a cocktail onion and CaviarCube, the already decadent drink can be elevated by requesting it to be made with Cîroc Ten, which is made from first harvest grapes. That brings the cost up to $128 for just one glass!

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English Milk Punch
Faith & Flower
705 W 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
Price: $125

Faith & Flower's English Milk Punch ($125) is served from a crystal decanter for 4-6 people. The decadent Punch, which consists of Smith & Cross, Denizen Aged White, Bacardi 8, Bulliet Bourbon, Lost Spirits, Batavia Arrack, Pernod Absinthe, Sencha Green Tea, cinnamon, clove & coriander and clarified milk, requires three days to make.

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Gold Plated Sidecar
Copa d'Oro
217 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-3030
Cost: $110

The classic sidecar cocktail, cognac, orange liqueur and lemon, is elevated by Vincenzo Marianella at Copa d'Oro. Guests can enjoy the Gold Plated Sidecar ($110) which is made with Hennessy XO, 150 Cuvee du Cent Cinquantenaire, and fresh lemon. The drink is served in a cocktail glass with sugar rim to top it off!

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Rob Roy
225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 906-7218
Cost: $68

£10 is tucked discreetly above Georgie on the second floor of the Montage Hotel, and welcomes whiskey connoisseurs to enjoy handcrafted classic cocktails served in Lalique crystal glassware. As the only official U.S. outpost of The Macallan, the upscale bar serves its interpretation of the Rob Roy ($68) which is made with Macallan 18 as a platform, as well as dolin sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, and cherry juice.

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Red Opulence
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 284-6536
Cost: $55

Located in the heart of Century City in the InterContinental Los Angeles, Mari offers guests the Red Opulence. The crafted cocktail, which can be ordered for $55 a glass, features the hotel's exclusive Angel's Envy Cask Strength bourbon, made with fresh raspberries and blackberries, St. Germain, Chambord and simple syrup. The sweetness of the fruit highlights the earthy flavors of the bourbon, resulting in a wonderfully smooth aperitif that's perfect for summer. 

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Gentlemen's Drink
La Dolce Vita
9785 Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-1845
Cost: $50

In honor of the original investor and regular guest Frank Sinatra, La Dolce Vita offers a great and pricey Old Fashioned drink that will make you want to keep shelling out the $50 for more than one. The "Gentlemen's Drink" is available by request only and includes Jack Daniel's rare Sinatra Select Fair-trade and European sugar cubes. Kosher and sans-GMOs, it also includes Angostura bitters and a dash of water.

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The Grant Margarita
Red O Restaurant
8155 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-5009
Cost: $50

Served in a crystal glass with red citrus salt and a gold dusted dried pineapple slice, the Grant Margarita ($50) is made with añejo tequila, mandarin Napoleon liqueur, fresh lime juice and orange agave nectar. The decadent and tasty drink is complimented with a shot of El Tesoro Paradiso extra añejo on the side that can be enjoyed on its own or added to the margarita for more vanilla and toasted oak flavors.

Article by Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. More of his work can be viewed at Connect with him on Twitter: @JaroneAsh.
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