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World's most expensive Thanksgiving dinner

Toasting a great meal
Toasting a great meal

Whether you're not feeling too grateful about spending another holiday with extended family or want to expound on just how grateful you are, perhaps it's time for some toasts. Festive drinks such as homemade cider always fit the bill, but the bill for this Thanksgiving is bottomless, and just about any drink should be considered "festive" so long as it's enjoyed on Thanksgiving.

You might as well pour a glass or two of 2008 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, a pinot noir from France's Burgundy region. The average price for a bottle of this wine is currently $12,000. Of course, if you're a true connoisseur, you will have some time to save up, as the suggested drinking window for a fully matured flavor doesn't open until 2018.

Before the libations and tryptophan take effect and you retire to the couch to nap, you may want to get the coffee brewing so your guests will be alert enough to leave when you'd like them to. They will appreciate the boost and be honored that you opened the bag of grinds that can cost $700 for 2 pounds. Why so expensive? The Kopi Luwak coffee beans are harvested as a delicacy from the droppings of the Asian palm civet, a small forest mammal.

Perhaps you won't need to ask your guests to leave, after all.

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