British Tabloid Details World Leaders' Favorite Tipples

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who died in December 2011, spent a fortune on luxury French cognac every year, according to The Daily Mail on Sunday. Citing research results by an online drinks firm, the British newspaper wrote that he was "the biggest client for cognac brand Hennessy" and spent 700,000 British pounds annually on the drink.

A bottle of Hennessy XO Cognac costs 200 euros in France. Depending on the quality and age, its price tag can shoot up to 2,000 euros per bottle.

Many British prime ministers have also been known to enjoy fine whiskys and other alcoholic beverages. Winston Churchill had a weakness for whisky soda, while Margaret Thatcher, who died in April, enjoyed Bell's, which retails for about 15 pounds a bottle. Current Prime Minister David Cameron is fond of Bruichaladdich’s organic single malt, which costs 41 pounds per bottle.

In contrast, former U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton preferred cocktails, "with Kennedy sipping on a Daiquiri and Clinton a La Señorita, containing tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and Tabasco sauce," the newspaper said.

"Famous teetotalers include former President George W. Bush and Adolph Hitler," it added.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 09, 2013 13:41 KST