Salvatore Calabrese creates world’s most expensive cocktail

11th October, 2012 by Lucy Shaw

The Maestro, mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, has broken the Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail.

Salvatore Calabrese Worlds most expensive cocktail

Calabrese with “Salvatore’s Legacy”, the world’s most expensive cocktail

“Salvatore’s Legacy”, made by Calabrese in front of an audience of London’s top bartenders at The Playboy Club in Mayfair today, costs £5,500 a glass.

Composed 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 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 successful attempt, to coincide with London Cocktail Week, was overseen by a Guinness World Records adjudicator.

The record comes just three months after Calabrese was left “heartbroken” when a treasured bottle of 1788 Cognac worth £50,000 was accidentally smashed by a customer at Calabrese’s bar at The Playboy Club.

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.

Calabrese, who has previously worked at Dukes Hotel in St James’s and The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge, is a vintage Cognac specialist.

He has built a collection of fine and rare Cognacs worth over £1m, many of which are displayed behind glass at Salvatore’s Bar at The Playboy Club.

Leave a Reply

If that's interesting, how about these?

The week in pictures

Cocktail events, a Smirnoff tractor and the final of Bombay Sapphire's 10th more...

Pernod Ricard unveils The Glenlivet Space

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Asia has launched a pop-up experiential retail more...

Masons Yorkshire Gin launches cocktail comp

Masons Yorkshire Gin has announced details of its first cocktail competition, more...

Schuyler Hunton named 2016 Most Imaginative Bartender

The United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) has announced Schuyler Hunton of more...

Cocktail experience launches in Leeds

Bars in Leeds will join forces with 13 drinks brands for one-day event, The more...

TFWA adds sailing to Cannes social calendar

The Tax Free World Association has confirmed its social programme in the run-up more...

Żubrówka unveils 'modern' bottle design

Roust Group has created a new bottle design for its bison grass vodka brand more...

Harris Distillery rations gin amid bottle shortage

The first commercial distillery on the Isle of Harris has been forced to ration more...

Sustainable cocktail comp approches final

The 42Below Cocktail Earth Cup – a competition focused on using sustainable more...

Pernod Ricard sets sail with interactive store

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail EMEA has partnered with Harding Retail to launch more...

London's top shrub cocktails

With the fruit and vegetable growing period coming to a close – and autumn more...

Cocktail created in honour of Olympic medallist

A café in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, has launched a cocktail in celebration of more...

Opihr World Adventure 2016 picks up pace

The annual Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition has attracted a strong more...

La Part Des Anges Cognac auction opens lots to UK bidders

The 10th La Part Des Anges auction will take place next month in Cognac, more...

Wenneker Swizzle Masters Art Deco Cognac finalists

This month’s Wenneker Swizzle Masters round transported bartenders back to more...

Sailor Jerry to unveil 'The Ride' on Facebook Live

Sailor Jerry rum has partnered with motorbike enthusiast hub Choppertown to more...

Gordon's Gin unveils new bottle design

Gordon’s gin has revamped its packaging with a "bold, distinctive and more...

Whiskies of the World makes return

Whiskies of the World – the "oldest" whisky tasting event in North America more...

Persie Distillery opens to the public

Scottish brand Persie Gin is targeting the spirits tourism boom by welcoming more...

Maxxium introduces Maker's Mark 46 to the UK

Maxxium UK has extended its Bourbon offering with the launch of Maker's Mark more...