The Maldives' Rarest and Most Expensive Cocktails

The Maldives' Rarest and Most Expensive Cocktails
Available from November 2015, the collection of six cocktails will be on every connoisseur’s bucket list, showcasing the craftsmanship of extremely rare liquors, of which there are only a limited amount of bottles left in the world.

With prices starting from USD$1,230, the unique concoctions are made with price-hiking ingredients including the Guy Lheraud, Vieil-Armagnac “Baron Gaston Legrand” 1888 costing USD$1085 for a 40ml shot. The most premium cocktail – the Lucky & Al – mixed using Salon Champagne 1988, which can cost more than USD$1600 per bottle, and rare 1930’s Guy Lheraud, Vieil Armagnac comes with a USD$6,530 price-tag.

History in a glass - the cocktails celebrate vintages from bygone years - using the finest vintage Ports, Cognacs and Armagnacs, such as Guy Lheraud, Vieil a unique 1930’s vintage as the base liquors for each drink.

As part of an impressive list of cocktails at the Avi bar, The Vintage Cocktails are offered to guests that want to toast momentous occasions, these truly deluxe creations are more than just a beverage and are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, exclusively available at Velaa Private Island.

Vintage Cocktail Menu

The Goal of 1934 (USD$2,090)

Inspired by the 1934 World Cup in Italy, where Czechoslovakia lost 2-1 to the host nation in the final. This cocktail is created with Guy Lheraud “Carafe Eve” 1934 and Bollinger "RD" Extra Brut, 1996.

A Good Year Cocktail (USD$1,930)

1930, known as the year of peace and tranquility, heard BBC Radio from London on 18th April reporting that "There is no news” and a good year for all, uses vintage Armagnac - Guy Lheraud, Vieil Armagnac 1930 and topped with Louis Roderer Cristal.

Lucky & Al (USD$6,530)

Homage to the Prohibition era in the US, this cocktail is created with a vintage 1930’s Guy Lheraud, Vieil Armagnac and Salon 1988 Champagne.

The Belle Époque (USD$4,285)

A time of peace and prosperity, this era is considered the start of the ‘golden age’ post World War I and is made with a rare Guy Lheraud, Vieil-Armagnac, “Baron Gaston Legrand” 1888 and Dom Perignon Cuvee Rose 1982.

Eiffel Tower (USD$2,470)

For 1990, when the Paris World Exhibition celebrated the Eiffel Tower, this cocktail is created with Guy Lheraud, Vieil-Armagnac “Baron Gaston Legrand” 1900 and Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996.

Fly me to the Moon (USD$1,230)

Based on the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, uses Vintage Port- Graham’s 1969 or Cognac Guy Lheraud “Fins Bois” 1969 and is topped with Salon 1999 champagne.
The dedicated mixology team at Velaa has developed their first-class repertoires for these fine aged cocktails and aim to transport guests back in time to the prohibition years in New York or Chicago.

*Disclaimer: Prices and ingredients are subject to change, depending on availability. Substituted ingredients are guaranteed to be the equivalent of the original ingredient. Core vintage Cognacs and Armagnacs will not be substituted and will be continuously available in Velaa’s signature cocktails.

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”. Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. The resort comprises 43 private villas, houses and residences and 4 four-bedroom residences. While 18 of the 43 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.

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