The most expensive cocktail ever made was sold for $12,500 AUD and was made by award-winning Australian mixologist, Joel Heffernan, at Crown Casino’s Club 23.
The Australian bartender set a new Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail with a drink that sold for 12,500 Australian dollars. The price of the cocktail — named Winston fornston for Winston Churchill — is so astronomical thanks to its two nips of 1858 Croizet cognac:
A bottle of the cognac has a $157,000 value and it goes for $6,000 per shot. There's also some Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge, a dash of Angostura Bitters and other fancy touches such as chocolate nutmeg dust.
The Wall Street Journal notes that the cocktail's buyer only took a couple sips and left at an event Thursday night. Heffernan, who strips the world record from London's Salvatore Calabrese of the $8,835 cocktail, explains in the following video how he made the cocktail. He also tries to justify the price by citing the cost of caring for the cognac and how it takes him two days' notice to make the Winston.
Club 23, the bar built by James Packer and his mates Shane Warne and Joe Hachem, was awarded the record for selling the most expensive drink in history. Unfortunately for Crown, the company that runs Guinness World Records says it is reviewing the record after The Sunday Age revealed the PR stunt event was a fix.
The following is the latest from the Guiness World Records website:
The most expensive cocktail was sold for £8,583 ($12,970) and was made by Joel Heffernan (Australia), at Club 23, Melbourne, Australia, on 7 February 2013.
The cocktail made by Joel Heffernan, called 'the Winston', contained 60ml of Croizet's 1858 'Cuvee Leonie' cognac. This cognac is also the Guinness World Records title holder of the most expensive cognac sold at auction.
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