Kiwi businessman to sip world's most expensive cocktail
Wellington, February 7 : A New Zealand businessman will pay a cheque of 15,360 NZ dollars to a Melbourne bar to enter his name into the Guiness Book of World Records as the purchaser of what is believed to be the most expensive cocktail ever made.
The basis for the cocktail, which will be claimed as a Guinness world record, is a bottle of 150-year-old cognac Croizet cognac dating back to 1858, Suff.co.nz reported.
The bottle has been already a world-record holder, having previously been valued at 192,800 NZ dollars, and was purchased from Croizet by Crown Melbourne's Club 23 bar, whose barman Joel Heffernan will put two days' preparation into the exotic cocktail.
It will include two nips of Croizet - at 7370 dollars per shot - along with Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge, and a dash of Angostura Bitters.
Heffernan's concoction will be presented with chocolate nutmeg dust, essence of poppy seed and rose, and hints of coconut, passionflower and oranges.
It will be named the "Winston" in tribute to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who is said to have shared a treasured bottle of 1858 Croizet with Allies commander General Dwight Eisenhower on the eve of D-Day in 1944.
The current world record for a single cocktail is held by "Salvatore's Legacy", a concoction developed by renowned barman Salvatore Calabrese using Clos de Griffier Vieux cognac that dates back to 1778.
It sold for 5500 pounds in October last year in a London bar.