Salvatore Calabrese makes world’s most expensive cocktail

Ever wondered what 5 and a half grand tastes like? Before you draw out your life savings, buy a blender and start drinking, have no fear as Salvatore Calabrese who runs Salvatore at Playboy Club London made the world’s most expensive cocktail in his bar last week costing £5,500 a glass.

Made up of 40ml of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 20ml of 1770 Kummel Liqueur, 20ml of 1860 Dubb Orange Curacao and two dashes of Angostura Bitters from the 1900s, the cocktail was bought by a long-term client of Calabrese. (not your average ingredients you find in Cost Cutter)

Not only is it the world’s most expensive cocktail, it is also the world’s oldest, containing liqueur and Cognac from the time of the American Revolution and Captain Cook’s claiming of Australia.

The cocktail as made as part of London Cocktail week that was sweeping London last week and was overseen by a Guinness World Records adjudicator.

The record comes just three months after a treasured bottle of 1788 Cognac worth £50,000 was accidentally smashed by a customer at Calabrese’s bar at The Playboy Club. Needless to say he wasn’t a happy bunny!

The bottle, which was destined for the record attempt, fell off the table when the customer asked to look at the label, having ordered two glasses at £5,050 each.

The previous record for the world’s most expensive cocktail was held by The Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, with a £3,766.52 a glass tipple.

He has built a collection of fine and rare Cognacs worth over £1m, which can be seen behind glass at Salvatore’s Bar at The Playboy Club in London. Just never ask to look at the bottle – don’t say we didn’t warn you, perhaps just stick to bottles of beer.

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