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Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000

By The Siberian Times reporter
06 February 2014

Trendy Muscovites stay cool in fashionable ice terrace at the Reka restaurant with views of the Moscow River.

Chill out! Reka Moscow sold the world's most expensive coctail for $50,000. Picture: Mark Savin

The bar has sold 'the world's most expensive cocktail', which contains three real diamonds. The buyer was Russian entrepreneur Andrey Melnikov. 

Some 20 tons of 'pure Siberian ice' was used for the creation of the 120 square metre chill out terrace with space for 80 revellers. 

'The ice blocks used to create the terrace were cut out from a tributary of the Amur River,' said PR Natalya Filatova. 'The ice was delivered to Moscow in December, but because of the abnormally warm weather in December and early February it was kept in one of the city's industrial freezers.' 

They can stay warm in the ice interior thanks to an infrared heating system. The highlight of the opening was 'the sale of the world's most expensive cocktail. The cocktail contained three 1-1.5-carat diamonds from the event's jewellery sponsor, the Italian company Crivelli, and went for a cool $50,000,' explained a spokeswoman.

Michel Lombardi, Reka Moscow's head chef, wanted to give Moscow's high society the chance to eat out all the year round.

'I like adventures. My whole career has been an adventure-not least of which was my move to Russia,' he said. 'The harsh winters, adjusting to a new culture and especially to life in the kitchen here -it all was a challenge. But now, just two years later, I feel completely at home. 

'My feeling is that an ice terrace suits the country of Russia, a land of snow and ice. And we have gone out of our way to create something really special, something which will make Muscovites who are used to the best stop and say: 'Wow, this is amazing!'"

Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000


Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000


Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000


Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000


Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000


Siberian ice chills the 'world's most expensive cocktail' costing $50,000

'The ice terrace is a unique environment and the high-quality kitchen suits all kinds of events'. Pictures: Mark Savin

Within six months Lombardi's vision became reality. 'The ice terrace opened during the run-up towards the upcoming Winter Olympics with the participation of TV presenter Irina Slutskaya, Olympic silver medal winner of 2002 and two-time world champion.

'Since Hennessy V.S.O.P. acts as the ice terrace sponsor, guests will be able to order cocktails made with premium alcohol products from the French producer. 'The ice terrace is a unique environment and the high-quality kitchen suits all kinds of events, from business meetings to romantic dinners', said the spokeswoman.

Reka Moscow is a restaurant in the heart of Moscow with a magnificent view of the Moscow River. It features a bar and lounge area, a restaurant and a karaoke club with a large terrace 'creating an atmosphere of Italian coziness'. 

Comments (1)

Moscow does have money doesn't it... to be cutting ice from SIberia and delivering it to chill cocktails...!
May, China
07/02/2014 12:11
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