Dubai; Could it be the world’s most expensive cocktail? Well with a name like ’Diamonds Are Forever’ you would think so. The cocktail tipple mixes a limited edition French Brut champagne blend with 24 carat pure gold flakes, L’Heraud Grand Champagne Cognac 1906, Jerry Thomas decanter bitters and a gold leaf sugar stick – served in a Swarovski cocktail glass complete with crystal beads in the stem that you get to take home for a staggering price of AED 4,950. Dubai bling at its best.
If you hadn’t guessed, it’s a Burj Al Arab mixology concoction – but believe it or not, the Guinness World Record crown goes to another cocktail in London at an even more incredulous AED 32,471. For what it’s worth Diamonds are Forever is the Middle East’s most expensive cocktail…not an accolade we should be shouting about here I expect. With that price tag I suspect you won’t be rushing to the Burj for that tipple anytime soon (even though I must say it’s addictively good), so I suggest you make your own if you don’t mind passing on the gold. Here’s my great uncle’s recipe, a special occasion aperitif for when I used to visit him in Cheltenham – mix 15ml cognac, 115ml champagne, a dash of angostura bitters and a pinch of brown sugar or even better a sugar cube (per cocktail). Be warned FooDiva speaks from experience, it’s a helluva lethal concoction.
For an edible something that’s a little more affordable, try the Burj Al Arab’s gold Christmas chocolate log with layers of cacao streusel, lemon and Tahitian vanilla compote, chocolate mousse and an ivory Dulce de leche mousse – all encased in a 22-24 carat gold leaf mould which is safe to eat passing through the digestive tract without being absorbed. Well FooDiva survived! One log serving up to eight people costs AED 500 – a Christmas gift for sweet tooth foodies perhaps?
I was hoping to share a few Christmas lunch goodies with you in this post, but despite trawling through my inbox, there’s only one deal that truly stands out as a little bit different…so if you’re in doubt about what to do this Christmas, my bet’s on an al fresco BBQ picnic brunch on the lawns of Al Badia Golf Club by Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. Picnic basket aside, there’s a grill station including roasted chestnuts, a pork haven, candy land and cheese display, plus a festive themed selection of turkey, foie gras, gingerbread, yule log, Christmas pudding and mince pies. FooDiva’s done the picnic before and if you’re adverse to kicking off your sandals and sprawling over the grass with a low level Japanese style table, regular table seating is available. Best bit is the prices have not been inflated for Christmas. December 25, 2012, 12 – 4 pm. AED 295 with soft drinks, AED 395 with selected house beverages, AED 525 with Laurent Perrier champagne, AED 145 for kids 6-12 yrs old. T; +971 4 7011127. E; firstname.lastname@example.org
What are your plans for Christmas and New Year? And your favourite festive tipple?
P.S – Disclosure; FooDiva was a guest at the Burj Al Arab’s festive media preview along with My Custard Pie (click here for her post). I may have been plied with copious cocktails, but rest assured the views expressed here are my honest opinion alone.
P.P.S – On the subject of gold, thanks to your votes of confidence, FooDiva scooped gold for the UAE in the Expat Blog Awards. A heartfelt thank you – truly much appreciated!
P.P.P.S – If you’re looking to order in this Christmas, check out fellow foodie blogger Ishita Unblogged’s post.