I don’t know about you, but I love a cocktail, but the only problem is that they’re always so blooming expensive! However, paying out £5 for a cocktail seems like nothing at all compared to the world’s most expensive cocktail, which comes in at a whopping £5,500! Fancy paying that – just a for drink!!!
The cocktail was created by the world renowned bartender, Salvatore Calabrese (AKA The Maestro), who has had over 30 years’ experience in creating alcoholic drinks. He is a cognac specialist and has spent years tracking down and collecting rare vintage cognacs. His personal collection is now worth more than £1m and is displayed in his bar, which is housed within the Playboy Club, London. His celebrated concoctions and rare drinks collection (which includes drinks from as long ago as 1770) attracts visitors from all over the world, keen to sample them for themselves.
His newest venture was to create the world’s most expensive cocktail for a Guinness Book of World Records attempt. The previous record was held by The Skyview Bar of the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, which cost an incredible £3,766.52 per glass. The Guinness World Records officials were investigating the claims that the previous record had been smashed by Salvatore Calabrese and said, “GWR can confirm that we have received an official claim for the most expensive cocktail record attempt, taking place in London tonight. We will only be able to confirm if the attempt has been successful or not three working days after we have received the evidence.”
Initially the record attempt had to be put on hold for almost three months, as Salvatore mistakenly smashed one of his valuable ingredients. He said, “I was devastated when my bottle smashed and thought my dream of breaking the world record was over, but thankfully it has all worked out and nothing will stop me now.”
Salvatore created his luxury £5,500 cocktail by combining 240-year-old ingredients, which dated back to before the French Revolution! The recipe for the ‘Salvatore’s Legacy’ cocktail was:
40ml 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac
20ml 1770 Kummel Liqueur
20ml 1860 Dubb Orange Curacao
Two dashes of 1900s Angostura Bitters
Salvatore was obviously delighted with his achievement and wrote on his website, “It's official, I am proud to say that yesterday saw history made as well as consumed in my bar at 14 Old Park Lane. Around thirty years ago, I started a trend to offer 'liquid history' to the customers in my bar at Dukes Hotel. After seeing the previous world record, it inspired me to create the world's most expensive cocktail by using vintage spirits. I wanted to create a cocktail that was not only the most expensive but the oldest as well. In front of two witnesses and a crowd of leading bartenders, press and photographers, I needed very steady hands to open the 1788 Glos de Grifier Vieux Cognac, 1770 Kummel Liqueur and Dubb Orange Liqueur circa 1860 and a small bottle of Angostura Bitters dating form the early 1900's. I poured these precious ingredients into my own mixing glass, which I have had for 40 years, added the purest of ice and stirred gently. I then poured the cocktail into an old cocktail glass from the mid 1800's and presented 'Salvatore's Legacy' valued at £5500 a combination of 730 years worth of liquid history!!”
Watch the video below to see ‘The Maestro’ at work concocting his latest creation…
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