Record for world's most expensive cocktail broken as 5,500 drink is mixed from ingredients more than 200 years old
13:25 GMT, 15 October 2012
Guests at a London bar were hoping it wasn't their round after a 5,500 cocktail was mixed by a leading drinks expert.
Salvatore Calabrese broke the record for the world's most expensive cocktail with his 'Salvatore's Legacy' drink which was made up of ingredients more than 200 years old.
Salvatore, whose nickname is 'The Maestro', made the costly concoction using 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac,
1770 Kummel Liqueur, Dubb Orange Curacao circa 1860 and two
dashes of Angostura Bitters circa 1900s.
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Costly cocktail: Salvatore Calabrese mixes the 'Salvatore's Legacy', priced at 5,500 a glass
The drink was valued at 5,500, smashing the previous record for the world's most expensive cocktail that was held by The Skyview Bar of Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, which cost 3,766.52 a glass.
Salvatore said he was proud to make 'liquid history' after breaking the record with the cocktail he mixed in his self-titled bar, Salvatore's at Playboy Club, in London last Thursday.
He said: 'It's official, I am proud to say that history was made as well as consumed in my bar.
'In front of a crowd, I needed very steady
hands to open the vintage bottles and pour these precious
ingredients into my own mixing glass, which I have had for 40 years.'
Liquid history: The cocktail was made using vintage drinks from Salvatore's collection including a 1770 Kummel Liqueur and 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac
Ta dah! The Maestro presents the drink, and right, the bill for 5,500
HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE COCKTAIL
40ml 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac20ml 1770 Kummel Liqueur20ml 1860 Dubb Orange CuracaoTwo dashes of 1900s Angostura Bitters
… pour into a mixing glass, add the purest of ice and stir gently
Salvatore has more than 30 years' experience of creating drinks, developing his talent for combining
flavours at an early age, whilst working in a bar in Maiori, a small
village on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
In his 20s, he moved to London, taking a
position at Dukes Hotel in St James’s where he developed a niche market for
special cognacs and was famed for his martini's. He worked at other prestigious bars in London's Mayfair before opening his own in Old Park Lane.
He has become an expert on cognacs after spending many years tracking down,
collecting and serving some of the world's oldest and rarest vintages. His personal collection is worth more than 1m
and is displayed in his bar at Playboy Club London. Enthusiasts travel from
around the world to sample his collection that stretches back to 1770.
It was ingredients from this collection that he used to make the world's most expensive cocktail.
Watch Salvatore Calabrese mixing the world's most expensive cocktail below…