Salvatore plans world’s most expensive cocktail


Salvatore Calabrese at Salvatore at PlayboyLeading bartender Salvatore Calabrese is to make an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s most expensive cocktail.

At his bar Salvatore at Playboy in London’s Mayfair, “the Maestro” (pictured) hopes to break the current world record of £3,766.52 a glass, which is held by the Skyview Bar at Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

On October 11 during London Cocktail Week, he will make a drink called Salvatore’s Legacy which will cost £5,500 a glass through the use of rare vintage ingredients. It will be made with 40ml of Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac from 1778, 20ml of Kummel liqueur from 1770, 20ml of Dubb Orange Curaçao from about 1860 and two dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters from the 1900s.

It builds on his idea of “liquid history” and creating drinks that are as close as possible to how they were originally made in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Salvatore at Playboy, which opened last year in London’s new Playboy Club, features a cabinet displaying his collection of rare spirits and liqueurs, such as cognacs and whiskies. The menu also contains cocktails made with vintage product such as a Sazerac – costing £2,000 – which uses cognac Sazerac de Forge et fils from 1805 when the classic Sazerac cocktail was made with brandy rather than rye whiskey.

It is one of the events being held at Salvatore at Playboy for London Cocktail Week, which runs from October 8 to 14 at bars across the capital. Salvatore will also be holding a bartender masterclass exclusively for the trade at the bar in association with Angostura Aromatic Bitters.

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