Dubai to lose title for world's most expensive cocktail

UK bar serves up £5,500 drink per glass to beat Burj Al Arab's previous record holder
The 27.321 is served at the Skyview Bar located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab

The 27.321 is served at the Skyview Bar located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab

A UK-based cocktail maker claims he has set a new world record for the most expensive cocktail, taking the crown from Dubai's Skyview Bar.

Salvatore Calabrese said Salvatore's Legacy, made using ingredients dating back to before American independence and the French Revolution, costs £5,500 per glass.

Guinness World Records said it is investigating the claim, which would beat the £4,632 cost of the current holder - the 27.321 served at the Skyview Bar located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab.

The attempt was made at Salvatore's, Calabrese's bar at the Playboy Club London, in Mayfair, central London on Thursday.

The cocktail uses four ingredients - a 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, a 1770 Kummel liqueur, a circa-1860 Dubb Orange Curacao and two dashes of Angostura bitters dating from around 1900.

The record bid was supposed to take place in July but was delayed when a bottle of one of the ingredients smashed.

The Skyview Bar cocktail is made from Macallan 55-year-old single malt natural colour whisky, exclusively produced dried fruit bitters and homemade passion fruit sugar.

The resulting cocktail is then served over ice cubes made of water from the Macallan distillery in Scotland, along with an oak stirrer made from a Macallan Cask. The cocktail is presented in a Baccarat 18-karat gold glass, which the buyer gets to take home.

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Posted by: Doug

Frankly I would have thought a Muslim nation would have found being the home to the world's most expensive alcoholic drink a source of embarrassment rather than pride. Let the UK have its record - the UAE has set far more honourable records in the past and it will continue to do so.

Posted by: Saudi Engineer

Awwwwww man!? Dubai loses another record!!

So what would stop this sky bar from just increasing the price of their own cocktail? Or stick a diamond in the drink and raise the price another 2000 GBP.

RS my friend, I totally agree with you. Both about helping the needy, and especially about the stupid record.

If I could just find a venue stupid enough.... err, I mean classy enough, I could probably make up my own "world's most expensive cocktail". I would make it with day-old apple juice and locally make 'arag, serve it in a 24k gold can and sell it for $20000.

Posted by: Red Snappa

Sick benchmark, how much of that price if any goes to help the less fortunate i.e. if the obscene profits went to Syrian refugees, starving children across the world etc.

How can anybody be proud of holding a record like that??

Posted by: RBH

When you have lots of money, you wouldn't care about anything else there is but yourself.

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