October 11th saw bar owner Salvatore Calabrese’s record breaking attempt to create the world’s most expensive cocktail.  And guess what?  It contains cognac, naturally.

The attempt was originally meant to have taken place in July in the exclusive London venue, the Playboy Club .


However, you might remember that we reported about Salvatore’s despair when a customer accidentally smashed his bottle of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac after buying two measures and then asking to look at the bottle.

Calabrese said of the incident,

“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.”

The current record holder of the world’s most expensive cocktail is served in the opulent Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  It’s known as the ’27,321’ because that’s how much it costs in UAE dirham, which equates to a cool £3,766.52 sterling.

But Mr. Calabrese’s concoction rocks in at £5,500 per glass, mainly because it consists of ingredients that are pre French Revolution and American Independence.

So what’s in the modestly named, ‘Salvatore’s Legacy to make it so expensive?’  Well, a shot of the now infamous 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, a 1770 Kummel liqueur, a circa 1860 Dubb Orange Curacao and a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters that dates from around 1900 all add up to make a cocktail that you certainly would want to sip slowly, that’s for sure.

Officials from the Guinness Book of Records are investigating the claim and will confirm if Calabrese has been successful three working days from now.

Learn more about cognac mixology in our Cognac Cocktails and Drinks section

Sources: www.news.sky.com, www.photoblog.nbcnews.com, pic: www.cntraveller.com

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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