In tough economic times it's perhaps all too easy to turn to drink. A decision that could toughen those economic times if the drink one turns to is a new cocktail devised by master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese.
Calabrese, the legendary cocktail maker, claims to have yesterday set the record for creating the world's most expensive cocktail.
'Salvatore's Legacy', which is made using ingredients dating back to before American independence and the French Revolution, will set you back a pricey £5,500 per glass.
The cocktail, which is looking to beat the previous record of £3,766.52, for a drink that is served in a Dubai hotel, uses four ingredients.
A 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac is combined with a 1770 Kummel liqueur, a circa-1860 Dubb Orange Curacao and two dashes of Angostura bitters dating from around 1900.
The record attempt was delayed for three months after a customer at London's Playboy Club dropped a $78,000 bottle of Clos de Griffier Vieux, a cognac that was part of Calabrese's massive alcohol collection worth more than $1.55 million.
Mr Calabrese said before yesterday's attempt: “I was devastated when my bottle smashed and thought my dream of breaking the world record was over, but thankfully it has all worked out and nothing will stop me now.”
Guinness officials are investigating to see if the new drink beats the current record.
The current record for the most expensive cocktail is the '27,321', which is served at The Skyview Bar of Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
It costs 27,321 United Arab Emirates dirham (£3,766.52).