By Casey Brennan | August 21, 2015 | Food & Drink
From diamonds to pearls, the most prized sparkling accessories are no longer found on your jewelry—they're in your drinks. These decadent and delicious cocktails arrive alongside expensive gems or mixed with drinkable precious metals for a truly over-the-top treat.
Created a decade ago as the ultimate drinkable splurge, the 10K Martini at the storied Algonquin Hotel is still one of the priciest beverages in the city. Originally served as a martini with a single diamond stone set at the bottom of the glass, this lavish tipple is now completely customizable. The order must be placed at least 72 hours in advance, and you'll even meet with an event planner and jeweler to ensure everything is just right. 59 W. 44th St., 212-840-6800
The World Bar in Midtown East is known for its understated elegance, but one drink that always turns heads is The World Cocktail. This opulent recipe is made with Remy XO Cognac, white grape juice, and Pineau de Charentes (a flavorful French aperitif). It's topped off with Veuve Clicquot and a garnish of liquid gold. 845 United Nations Plaza, 212-935-9361
Paying homage to its nearby neighbor, the iconic Chrysler building, the Chrysler cocktail combines cognac, liquefied honey, fresh lemon and lime juices, and champagne with a sprinkle of gold dust to top it off. 145 E. 50th St., 212-702-1600
At Michelin-starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s intimate West Village cocktail den, the creative line-up of drinks includes the Mother of Pearl, made with oyster shell-infused gin, Lillet, Thai basil, red and pink peppercorns, lemon oil, and Malden salt. But the real treat is the mother of pearl-rimmed glass that this cocktail is served in. 713 Washington St., 212-929-6384
For a savory treat in a glass, try this Casa Amigos Silver tequila-based tipple, named in honor of one of the spirit’s owners: actor George Clooney. A blend of the ultra-premium tequila, fresh guanabana, aloe vera, chocolate bitters, smoked paprika caviar, and 24-karat gold flakes make it one of the Latin eatery’s most popular drinks. 1626 Second Ave., 212-933-0757; 371 W. 46th St., 212-960-3176
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THE ALGONQUIN, FACEBOOK.COM/THEWORLDBARNYC, UPSTAIRS AT THE KIMBERLY, UPHOLSTERY STORE: FOOD AND WINE, LA PULPERIA