Most Expensive Tequila Cocktail? The $4,600 Moctezuma's Gold
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Most Expensive Tequila Cocktail in the World? A Look Inside the Opulent $4,600 Moctezuma’s Gold

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At the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the world’s most expensive tequila cocktail is served up with fresh kumquat, extra añejo and agave syrup. (Photo: Jose Cuervo)

In an era of gold leaf toppings, smoke infusers, seaweed foam and more, it feels like cocktails are getting too elaborate for the average consumer.

At The Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and Bar at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, the $4,600 Moctezuma’s Gold reaches for absurd new heights as the world’s most expensive tequila cocktail.

The main ingredient in Moctezuma’s Gold (or at least, the priciest one) is Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario Extra Añejo. Retailing for upwards of $2,500 a bottle, this behemoth of a limited-edition release is aged for three years in toasted American oak barrels then finished for 10 months in ex-sherry wine casks.

The cocktail also mixes in Gran Centenario Extra Añejo, fresh kumquat, organic agave syrup and a chili salt rim.

At its $4,600 price tag, Moctezuma’s Gold isn’t that complex of a cocktail; you’re mainly paying for its luxury ingredients. If you happen to have a few thousand dollars sitting around, you could easily mix one up at home for yourself.

Another perk of the price tag appears to be exclusivity. There isn’t a single image of Moctezuma’s Gold available online, so for the time being, you’ll just have to imagine what the world’s most expensive tequila cocktail might look like.

Other contenders on the most expensive cocktail list have been a little more generous with the imagery.

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The Billionaire’s Margarita. (Photo: The London NYC/

The $1,200 Billionaire’s Margarita at The London NYC, tied as the world’s second most expensive tequila cocktail, combines limited-edition Patrón en Lalique Serie 1, Rémy Martin Louis XIII and Cara Cara bitters with lemon and lime juice.

In terms of bang for your buck, this one actually pans out as a much better deal than Moctezuma’s Gold — Patrón en Lalique Serie 1 retails at an absurd $8,000 per bottle and Rémy Martin Louis XIII at upwards of $3,000.

What a deal!


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Pedro Wolfe is the managing editor of Tequila Raiders. With several years of experience writing for the New York Daily News and the Foothills Business Daily under his belt, Pedro aims to combine quality reviews and recipes with incisive articles on the cutting edge of the tequila world. Pedro has traveled to the heartland of the spirits industry in Tequila, Mexico, and has conducted interviews with agave spirits veterans throughout Mexico, South Africa and California. Through this diverse approach, Tequila Raiders aims to celebrate not only tequila but the rich tapestry of agave spirits that spans mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, pulque and so much more.