A £5,500 cocktail has been created by world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese at The Playboy Club in Mayfair last week. Calabrese has broken the Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail with a Cognac-based drink, according to a report in thedrinksbusiness.com.
Apart from being the most expensive, the cocktail is is also the world’s oldest, containing a liqueur from 1770 and Cognac from 1788, around the time of the American Revolution and Captain Cook’s claiming of Australia.
The cocktail, composed of 40ml of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 20ml of 1770 Kummel Liqueur, 20ml of 1860 Dubb Orange Curaçao and two dashes of Angostura Bitters from the 1900s, was bought by a friend and long term client of Calabrese.
The record comes just three months after Calabrese was left “heartbroken” when a treasured bottle of 1788 Clos de Griffier Cognac worth £50,000 was accidentally smashed by a customer at Calabrese’s bar at The Playboy Club.