Nothing beats enjoying a well-crafted cocktail with friends. Whether it’s celebrating a special occasion or just the end of a tough week at work, a tasty beverage is a perfect complement to the good times. When you want to take your celebration to the next level, however, only the best will do. Check out 10 of the greatest champagnes and liquors the world has to offer.
Moet & Chandon
Not only does the Moet & Chandon winery produce some of the finest champagne in the world, but it also owns the luxury fashion company Louis Vuitton. Established in 1743 by Claude Moet, the winery began shipping its products to Paris to satisfy King Louis XV’s tastes in beverages. The Moet Imperial is one of the winery’s iconic blends created in 1869 and is well-known for its bright fruit flavors. Moet now produces nearly 28 million bottles of champagne each year.
Quite possibly the most well-known brand of alcohol in the world, Dom Perignon has been producing some of the best champagne for decades. It’s actually one of the brands produced by champagne powerhouse Moet & Chandon. Named after a monk who was an early pioneer of quality wine-making, Dom Perignon is always an assemblage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The champagne is highly sought after at wine auctions, with a 30-bottle lot going for over $170,000 in 2010.
Long before rappers like Jay-Z and 50 Cent popularized popping corks off the bottles of Cristal, the sparkling wine was being enjoyed by Russian aristocrats. Louis Roederer created Cristal in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia, who demanded that bottles be clear so no bombs could be hidden underneath them. After not being commercially available until 1945, Louis Roederer now produces about 400,000 bottles of the delicate yet powerful tasting Cristal every year.
Founded in 1843 by Joseph Krug, the Krug family has managed the champagne house for generations. Although now owned by the multinational conglomerate Moet Louis Vuitton, the family is still involved in important business decisions and one of its heirs, Olivier Krug is the house director. The Krug Grand Cuvee is the company’s most popular blend and is highly regarded by wine critics. This stellar champagne takes nearly 20 years to create from over 120 different wines.
Champagne Salon only releases its vintages during the best years for grapes, which averages to about four per decade. The champagnes are aged for 10 or more years before being released, so buyers must be patient for this critically acclaimed, complex champagne which is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. In fact, the most recent vintage to be released was 2007, which was hailed as a rich and balanced champagne. As the saying goes, all good things come to those that wait.
Whether you order it on the rocks or neat, a good scotch is an excellent way to ease any stress or tension after a long day at the office. But for the most special occasions with your best friends, look no further than Johnnie Walker Blue Label. This is the top-shelf liquor that all scotch lovers will appreciate and savor. Made from a blend of Scottish whiskeys, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the company’s masterpiece.
The best cognacs are complex yet elegant and Hennessy X.O. is the epitome of the full-bodied liquor. This cognac is rich and robust while offering notes of sweetness and spiciness. Hennessy X.O. is meant to be sipped and enjoyed, its silky smooth taste revealing a variety of flavors. The perfect gift to celebrate any occasion, Hennessy offers bottle engraving of its signature blend for the lucky person receiving the world’s most popular cognac.
At the top of the tequila list is Patron’s Gran Patron Platinum, a triple-distilled tequila made entirely of Weber Blue Agave. Each crystal bottle is hand-numbered and contains the silky smooth and full-bodied tequila. Like the bottle itself, the Gran Patron Platinum tequila is crystal clear and has notes of citrus and fruit, with a peppery finish. Whether you enjoy it on the rocks or create a Mexican-style martini, Gran Patron Platinum is sure to change the way you view tequila.
With its roots in the island of Barbados, Mount Gay has been producing its outstanding rum for centuries. The abundance of molasses on Barbados led early settlers to experiment and create the rum that became synonymous with the island. It’s no wonder that rum is often associated with sailing and the high seas, as Mount Gay began exporting its finely crafted liquor to the rest of the world. For the ultimate rum experience, the distillery offers a weekly cocktail workshop on its premises.
When drinking top-shelf vodka like the Beluga Gold Line, you’re not looking to mix it with cheap club soda or tonic water. In fact, this Russian vodka is clean and crisp enough to stand on its own, preferably served chilled. Originally created in Siberia in 1900, Beluga Vodka is now offered in six flavors. No matter what flavor you choose, the light finish on the palette will guarantee a memorable time of tasting and enjoying one of the world’s finest vodkas.