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$12,500 cocktail to take the crown

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A cocktail based on an 1858-vintage cognac is expected to set a new world record.

"That'll be $12,500, sir" - words you might hear when buying a used car or a kitchen, but definitely not a drink.

However, a New Zealand businessman, James Manning, will tonight write a cheque for that exact amount in a Melbourne bar. At the same time he will pen his name into the history books as the purchaser of what is believed to be the most expensive cocktail ever made.

It will include two nips of Croizet – at $6000 per shot 

The basis for the cocktail, which will be claimed as a Guinness world record, is a bottle of Croizet cognac dating back to 1858. It is itself already a world-record holder, having previously been valued at $157,000.

The bottle has been 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 $6000 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 roses, 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 ($A8360) in October last year in a London bar.

Crown spokeswoman Ann Peacock said although the world record will belong solely to Mr Manning and tonight's cocktail, anyone else with the inclination – and finance – to try the concoction will still be able to indulge.

"An additional 11 cocktails will be available for purchase from Club 23. But because it takes two days to make, you have to give a bit of notice," she said.

14 comments so far

  • 2 days to prepare a cocktail? Sorry, but i am a bartender and usually find these sorts of things interesting, but using an expensive liquor just for the sake of a record, and taking 2 days to prepare.

    Cocktails should be able to be prepared in under 5 minutes from the customer ordering it so they can enjoy the drink at their leisure.

    Well done to him for the record i suppose, but if it wasn't $6000 a nip, the cocktail would be worth the same as the ones i sell.

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    Bippo
    Date and time
    February 07, 2013, 9:16AM
    • Why would you mix 155 year old cognac with anything? What a waste

      Commenter
      Syu san
      Location
      Oulu
      Date and time
      February 07, 2013, 10:16AM
      • Jeeesuss, maaate, just get me a Bundy n' Coke.

        Commenter
        zecc
        Location
        SOUTHBANK
        Date and time
        February 07, 2013, 10:23AM
        • Will be a big hit with Sudanese villagers. Waiter!

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          Maria
          Date and time
          February 07, 2013, 10:29AM
          • What a w**k. And criiminal use of fine vintage cognac.

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            yawn
            Location
            hepburn
            Date and time
            February 07, 2013, 10:30AM
            • I'm not one for cocktails, but that money could get me to Thailand for a few weeks drinking Mai Tais by the poolbar every day.

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              Samui dude
              Date and time
              February 07, 2013, 10:34AM
              • Why is the 3rd world are disgusted at the 1st.

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                Liberator
                Location
                SEQLD
                Date and time
                February 07, 2013, 11:25AM
                • How is it that there are so many people with more money than sense
                  this is stupid and pointless exercise and as some have pointed out above a shoking waste of fine cognac.

                  I'm off to have some VB with some Sudanese vilagers who have gathered out the front of my height

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                  Kirsty
                  Date and time
                  February 07, 2013, 11:36AM
                  • Didn't Movida in London serve a cocktail for $35,000? I could be wrong though. But either way, what a waste of 155 year old cognac!!

                    Commenter
                    ims2712
                    Date and time
                    February 07, 2013, 12:19PM
                    • How to make a $12500 cocktail, simple!
                      Just make a regular cocktail and pour it on $12490

                      Commenter
                      Brad
                      Location
                      Sydney
                      Date and time
                      February 07, 2013, 1:16PM

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